Eastatoe Creek -2, Lower Gorge, South Carolina, US
Mill Creek to Dug Mountain Access (Lower Eastatoe)
||II-III(V) (for normal flows)
Kayak Killer - Lower Eastatoe
Kayak Killer - Lower EastatoePhoto by Kevin Miller taken 05/06/03
From Keowee Toxaway State Park, go north on SC11. In about 3.5
miles, turn left on Roy F Jones Hwy. The take-out is about 1.2 miles down this road at the
Dug Mountain Access Area, after passing over the bridge over Eastatoee Creek.
Continue down Roy F Jones Hwy until it ends. Turn right on
Cleo Chapman Hwy. Eventually, Cleo Chapman Hwy will parallel the river. After passing
over Mill Creek, Mill Creek Rd enters from the left. Park in the road right-of-way between
Cleo Chapman Hwy and Eastatoe Creek.
Local boater Brett Dalton has this to say "At the end of the valley "proper" (about 1/2 mile below
Mill Creek and Mill Creek Road on Cleo Chapman Highway), the river enters the lower gorge. It
begins with a pretty good bang when the water is up. There is one very constricted undercut slide
that could be a killer in a kayak. Higher water is much better at this rapid. However at very high
levels the water constricts against an undercut rock wall and shoots straight up in the air for 15
or 20 feet. At high water there are very few boulders or technical maneuvers required. Of course it
is narrow and requires frequent maneuvering, just no must make ferries or anything. (After the
first rapid this run is a nonstop flush of class III whitewater. There is one large slide but the
remainder of the run is wave trains and big holes. Will Reeves describing a high water run).
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.
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Last Updated: 2012-06-11 16:05:10