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