Rocky River - High Shoals


Rocky River, South Carolina, US

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High Shoals

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 0.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm
Max Gradient 80 fpm

Playboating on the Rocky River


Playboating on the Rocky River
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller @ 175 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ROCKY RIVER NR STARR, SC
usgs-02187910 180 - 4000 cfs III 01h10m 147 cfs (too low)


River Description

The High Shoals section of the Rocky River is essentially a destination boating experience for Anderson natives. The Rocky River flows over High Shoals and drops about 40 feet in a few hundred yards. The rapids are essentially sliding shoals and ledges. Some small play spots developed at high water. However as an urban whitewater run, the Rocky River does has sub-standard water quality.
DO NOT BOAT BELOW THE FALLS UNLESS YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT EPIC FLATWATER ADVENTURES WITH LOTS OF STRAINERS.
Directions for this run are easy. Take 28 south from Anderson and go left at the 4 way intersection with Hays Rd. Park on the left at the bridge and carry down.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-01-24 11:26:59

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Dam BypassIIPutin Playspot Photo
0.0Second slideIIPhoto
0.0High ShoalsIIIPutin Takeout Playspot Photo
0.0Final SlideII+Playspot Photo
0.0Final Slide playholeII+Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Dam Bypass (Class II)

Dam Bypass

Dam Bypass
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller @ 175 cfs

The lowhead dam at the put in can be easily bypassed on river left. There are some small waves here that are surfable.

Second slide (Class II, Mile 0.0)

High Shoals slides

High Shoals slides
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller @ 175 cfs

The first slide is rather small. The second slide is slightly larger.

High Shoals (Class III, Mile 0.0)

Slide

Slide
Photo of Carl Horton by Steve Hunter taken 07/05/13 @ 900 cfs

The Rocky River screams over a series of slides and shoals.



Final Slide (Class II+, Mile 0.0)

Rocky River

Rocky River
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller @ 175 cfs

The final slide has a cool and much more difficult line on river left.

Final Slide playhole (Class II+, Mile 0.0)

Playboating on the Rocky River

Playboating on the Rocky River
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller @ 175 cfs

The best side surifng spot is on the final slide.


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