This excitement continues for several miles until you come to Dug Mountain Bridge on Roy F. Jones Highway. This is the best takeout as there is a designated parking area.
Below Dug Mountain Bridge there are a few more minor slides and good currents for 1/2 mile or so. Following this initial 1/2 mile, the river becomes very gentle again as it approaches Lake Keowee. Near where the river enters Lake Keowee, Little Eastatoee Creek comes in from the left. The river never really "dumps" in the lake, it almost becomes the lake. There was a take out on the side of the road on Cleo Chapman Highway, but now the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards exists and parking on the road is no longer an option. You pretty much have to paddle all the way over to HW 11 bridge. The section of the creek below Dug Mountain Bridge is no longer worth paddling because of the development and the long long paddle around the shore of Keowee."
I would imagine that at low water this run is a class II creek with one big class IV+ rapid involving a big undercut and ledge.
Parking at the fishermen's access at the second power line going north on Granny Gear Rd. beats the heck out of paddling the first .8 or so of tree infested flat water (in Jan. of 06 I had to portage about 6 trees before the gorge). Its around a .4 mi hike in from the road. In Feb of 07 I portaged 1 tree in the gorge, which was passable if you were really determined.
This little known run requires much less water than its popularity would indicate. No gauge exists on the river but we are attempting to link it to Eighteen mile creek. The guage reading is an approximation so make comments on teh web site if it is accurate.
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Kayak Killer @ 200 cfs
Kayak Killer at low flow
Middle of the Killer
Somewhere on the Eastatoe
Bottom of the Killer
Below "Kayak Killer"
Lower Eastatoe slide
Kayak Killer - Lower Eastatoe
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