Saluda, Middle - 2: Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Rd.


Saluda, Middle, South Carolina, US

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2: Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Rd.

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 2.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 99 fpm
Max Gradient 120 fpm
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Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC
usgs-02162350 3.50 - 6.00 ft II-III(IV) 01h23m 2.33 ft (too low)


River Description

The first part of this run is in the state park and requires a permit to run.  Stop at the park office - you will need you car tag and driver's license information.  The river leaves the park after about 1/3 mile.

The Middle Saluda changes character very quickly as it leaves Jones Gap State Park. Essentially from the put in at the last parking lot in Jones Gap State Park to the Gap Creek road access this run goes from a class IV boulder field to a gentle stream. The first rapids are the steepest and require scouting to determine if strainers block them.
This section carries a much greater flow than the Gap.
The river enters a wide flat valley below Gap Creek and only a few rapids exist on the section from Gap Creek to the Hwy 11.
Part of this run is private and posted (and is above the officially navigable section of the river, so a low profile is a good idea).


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-01-08 01:18:31

Put in here

Detail Trip Report  Put in here  Middle Saluda below Jones Gap, sc(25.85KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

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Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC
usgs-02162350 3.50 - 6.00 ft II-III(IV) 01h23m 2.33 ft (too low)
Gauge turned back on July 2012. Previous low level was 3.5'.
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
3.50 -6.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable II-III(IV) Gauge at takeout. Previous low was 3.5' several years ago before the gauge was turned off. Correlation may have changed.

Report - Reports of Saluda, Middle 2: Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Rd. and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
9y33d02h38m Saluda, Middle2: Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Rd. [SC] Account of 07/22/09 n/a 0
9y33d02h40m Saluda, Middle2: Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Rd. [SC] Account of 07/22/09 n/a 0
> 10 years Middle Saluda below Jones Gap [sc] Put in here 300 cfs wreeves

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User Comments

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January 7 2013 (2052 days ago)
wreevesDetails
Unfortunatly like many of the upstate guagues this one was discontinued in late 2003. Fortunately,
turned back on July 2012.
March 15 2012 (2350 days ago)
Garrick TaylorDetails
There is now a gauge on the North Saluda at the Hwy 11 bridge. It should correlate fairly well to
this run but the range needs to be determined.
May 10 2003 (5582 days ago)
wreevesDetails
Part of this run is private and posted.

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Put in BridgeIVPutin Portage Hazard Photo
0.1State Park RapidIV+Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Put in Bridge (Class IV)

Takeout or put in?

Takeout or put in?
Photo by Will Reeves taken 02/28/03 @ 300 cfs

The first rapid is the lead in for State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie). If you are not up to Class IV+ put in at the steel bridge.

State Park Rapid (Class IV+, Mile 0.1)

Upper Slot of State Park Rapid

Upper Slot of State Park Rapid
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves

The largest rapid on the run. See the river description from teh previous section See also Jones Gap.




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