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Difficulty I-III
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 1.80 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 2.47 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/30/2005 10:46 am

River Description

Flat Shoal is the bigger, more agressive cousin of the North Fork of the Little River. Local Clemson boaters advised running the Flat Shoal over the North Fork of the Little because the Little is fairly small, strainer filled, and unexciting. However, that being said, don't get too excited about Flat Shoal. The largest rapids are class III but the last drop can get pushy at really high water. Most of the run is wide. I did not see strainers on my one flood stage trip (Will Reeves).

There is no good reason to boat past the takeout bridge because the lake inundates the last few miles of the river, almost within sight of the bridge.


Rapid Descriptions

Flat Shoals Bridge rapid

Class - II Mile - 0
The put in at Flat Shoals is a slide.

Flat Shoals Bridge Rapid from downstream

Class - II Mile - 0.01
This is a view of the put in at low water from downstream.


Class - III Mile - 0.5
After a half mile of fast flowing water the stream makes a left turn and dissapers over a blind drop. Blind-Slide can be run on both river left or right, but be aware that trees can block parts of the drop.

Blind Slide more

Class - II+ Mile - 0.51
After the first drop Blind Slide continues over more ledges.

Final Slides

Class - III Mile - 2.99
The final three drops on the river are a series of sequential slides. All are easy but when combined they are a simple class III rapid.

Tanyard Bridge Slide

Class - III Mile - 3
This is the final drop on the river and the last of the takeous slides.


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David Scull
13 years ago

I tubed this section today (Labor Day) with some non-boater friends, and can report that there are no remaining strainers that completely span the river. Everything that remains can be maneuvered around. I would like to second Ron & Misti's opinion about the character of this run. This river has great features for learning/sharpening your skills, is largely undeveloped, very scenic, with an easy shuttle, putin and takeout.

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ron and misti tolley
13 years ago

This is great run for skills building. Only problem is that is requires adequate rain. The best way to determine if it is running is to scout the put-in or take out. The gauge relationship with the Chattooga does not really correlate well since the drought ceased. The Chattooga watershed is much larger, therefor it runs down much slower. When the river is running high, it is one of the best local runs around. It offers a good mix of everything. When the water level is up it has alot of great playspots. The upper is more challenging but has more flatwater after the first 1/4 mile.

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dark side
8 years ago

ran 2 6 11- no strainers 2.0 on chat gauge was accurate due to widespread rain days before. 2.0 was lower runnable. had a few bony spots.

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Jason Bohnstadt
7 years ago

Been wanting to paddle this Sec. for a while. Anyone up for taking me down? JB

Summary of Gauge Readings

The guage is on the Chattooga and is a loose corrolation. Check the stick guage at the takeout on river right. 1.6 is probably a good minimum.
Visual gauge: If the slides at the take out and put in are boatable then the run is good to go.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
AW Gauge Info
2.47 ft ℹ️ 00h36m n/a

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