Murder Creek - Stanfordville to Lake Sinclair

Murder Creek, Georgia, US


Stanfordville to Lake Sinclair

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (varies with level)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm

View from Battle Smith Bridge at 550cfs

View from Battle Smith Bridge at 550cfs
Photo by Shannon Hammond taken 11/11/15

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02221525 200 - 3000 cfs I-II(III) 01h14m 235 cfs (running)

River Description

Murder Creek is an easy Class I-II float at lower levels. The rapids are caused by a series of shear lines that cross the river. The three rapids are relatively easy until the flow starts going over 800cfs then they start becoming pushier. The last ledge should be scouted above 500 cfs due to the hydraulic action at the drop. When the lake is on drawdown for maintenance the ledge becomes a higher drop.


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Last Updated: 2015-12-28 14:31:46

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Battle Smith Bridge Putin ShoalIIPutin Access Photo
0.8 Rocky Wave aka Piper's SkedaddleIIPhoto
1.8Boulder Garden aka Road Map to Boof CityII+Playspot Photo
2.8Lake LedgeII+Takeout Access Waterfall Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Battle Smith Bridge Putin Shoal (Class II)

Put in shoals at 250cfs

Put in shoals at 250cfs
Photo by Shannon Hammond taken 11/12/15

There are a couple of small ledges at the put in. You can ferry out to the middle and run the tongue or put in at the eddy right below.

Rocky Wave aka Piper's Skedaddle (Class II, Mile 0.8)

Downstream view of Piper's Rapid

Downstream view of Piper's Rapid
Photo by Shannon Hammond taken 11/12/15

A fun warmup rapid at higher flows. At lower flows the left line is a better choice.

Boulder Garden aka Road Map to Boof City (Class II+, Mile 1.8)

Jimmy Jones running Roadmap to bOOf City

Jimmy Jones running Roadmap to bOOf City
Photo by Jenny Taylor taken 11/12/15

This rapid is comprised of a series of boulders and ledges. The low water line is on the left side. At higher flows multiple routes are available, just check for wood. It is very fun at 500cfs and higher. There is nice surf potential throughout. Really nice surf wave at the "city limits" at the end of the rapid. Nice recovery pool afterwards

Lake Ledge (Class II+, Mile 2.8)

Shannon Hammond at the base of the Lake Ledge

Shannon Hammond at the base of the Lake Ledge
Photo by Jenny Taylor taken 11/13/15 @ 250 cfs

Lake Ledge is the last drop and the largest ledge on the creek. You will know you are almost there by the powerlines crossing the river just upstream. The normal line is run the ledge about 25 feet off the right bank. The left wall after the drop is undercut.

User Comments

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July 20 2008 (3799 days ago)
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Does anyone know how Murder Creek got it's name? Please dont tell me because someone was murdered
there. Something more specific is requested. Thanks in advance.
April 3 2006 (4637 days ago)
just went down there a two weekends ago to get some bouldering done at the top of the last rapid,
and the gate was open making this a good park and 'run' (not really playful water) for those that
have never gone down a creek and want to get a good idea of what a drop feels like. It's safe and
all ... I had to laugh however, who was out of place in the following situation : me and 3 friends
and an infant, rock shoes, chalk and kayak gear, or the 2-tooth beer drinking teenager and his
uhm... 'brother'?
the level of the water was decent however. Happy paddling
March 2 2006 (4669 days ago)
just an update on that road he mentioned, it is now labled the "FRED WOOLEN" road and
they have laid down some nice thick gravel so no more puddles. How ever the gravel they choice is
about the size of half a baseball. Still might need that 4wd. So far i have yet to go down there
where the gate at the top has been unlocked and I am still waiting on a response from the USFS
about when they will open it. It's about a mile from the gate to the rapid. The nice thing about
this little area at the end with the final rapid is that it's also spotted with some decent
bouldering on river left. So if you want to change it up a little.. bring some rock shoes and
chalk.<br />
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There is also a trail along the river left side that goes underneath/in front of the boulders, it
is possible to portage back up along this trail if you want to run mutltiple times, but due to the
size of the rapid, it's hardly worth it. <br />
Happy Paddling!
July 24 2005 (4891 days ago)
gary debacherDetails
This time caught it in July at 280cfs. Also I ran the extra approximately 2.5 miles from Hillsboro
Road down to the gauge location. It is pleasantly kinky and forested, but showing no rapids at this
water level and with some soggy trees to force over.

At 280 cfs, the rapid just below the gauge and the bridge runs cleaner, as does the next rapid
about half a mile down. The third rapid, opposite Baker Branch is still hard to thread but better
cushioned. Bear off left from center to do it. The approach to the diagonal chute at the final
ledge was easier. If you want to "spectate" the final ledge, usfs 1108 can be found just
a bit west of the paved road to Note. (Look hard, it is poorly marked.) The USFS road looks awful,
but the puddles have solid bottoms, and we got all the way in using our Accord. At the end is a
fenced overlook, plus trails down to the ledge. If you have 4wd, you might carry boats up here
after running the ledge, and save the flatwater mile down to hwy 129.
May 15 2005 (4961 days ago)
gary debacherDetails
I recommend 200 cfs for a minimally good run. It takes that much to cushion the rocks of the second
ledge system, and to cover the shallow rocks on the approach to the chute shown in Will's picture
of the third ledge. Blessed with 194 cfs and cursed with a tailwind, I was blown backwards trying
to get to the chute and instead ran backwards down next to the river left bank.

The actual distance from the put-in bridge to the hwy 44/129 is four miles. There you will find a
boat ramp, a parking lot, and a $3 pay box.

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