Flat Shoal River - 2: Flat Shoals Bridge to Tanyard Bridge (SSR 37-24)


Flat Shoal River, South Carolina, US

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2: Flat Shoals Bridge to Tanyard Bridge (SSR 37-24)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm

Blind-Slide


Blind-Slide
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 04/15/03 @ 1.6

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHATTOOGA RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA
usgs-02177000 1.80 - 8.00 ft I-III 00h21m 1.56 ft (too low)


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.

Directions:


StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2005-09-30 10:46:12

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Flat Shoals Bridge rapidIIPutin Photo
0.0Flat Shoals Bridge Rapid from downstreamIIPutin Photo
0.5Blind-SlideIIIHazard Photo
0.5Blind Slide moreII+Photo
3.0Final SlidesIIITakeout Hazard Playspot Photo
3.0Tanyard Bridge SlideIIITakeout Hazard Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Flat Shoals Bridge rapid (Class II)

put in

put in
Photo of Put in slide by Will Reeves taken 10/06/02 @ 337 cfs

The put in at Flat Shoals is a slide.

Flat Shoals Bridge Rapid from downstream (Class II, Mile 0.0)

Flat Shoal starts

Flat Shoal starts
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller taken 04/15/03 @ 1.6

This is a view of the put in at low water from downstream.

Blind-Slide (Class III, Mile 0.5)

Blind-Slide

Blind-Slide
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 04/15/03 @ 1.6

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 0.5)

a drop below Blind Slide

a drop below Blind Slide
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller taken 04/15/03 @ 1.6

After the first drop Blind Slide continues over more ledges.

Final Slides (Class III, Mile 3.0)

Flat Shoal (more)

Flat Shoal (more)
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 04/15/03 @ 1.6

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 3.0)

Tanyard Bridge Slide

Tanyard Bridge Slide
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller taken 04/15/03 @ 1.6

This is the final drop on the river and the last of the takeous slides.


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