Yellow - 4. Brown Bridge Road to Hwy 212 (above Lake Jackson)


Yellow, Georgia, US

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4. Brown Bridge Road to Hwy 212 (above Lake Jackson) (Cedar Shoals)

Usual Difficulty III-IV(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 60 fpm

First Rapid Below the Dam 6


First Rapid Below the Dam 6
Photo by Will Gosney taken 02/22/05 @ 3500cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
YELLOW RIVER AT GEES MILL ROAD, NEAR MILSTEAD, GA
usgs-02207335 400 - 3000 cfs III-IV(V+) 00h42m 287 cfs (too low)


River Description

Shuttle directions.
From I-20 take Hwy 81 South from Covington and the run starts in downtown Porterdale. 

When you see the mill, you are at the put in. 

There is an abandoned gas station on the North side of the bridge that has been used for parking.

The best put in is to put into the river on the northwest corner of the bridge on public property. Then
float a few yards down to take out just before you reach the 12 foot high dam. Portage on river right
and put back in just below the dam.

To get to the take out, go North on Hwy 81 close to the edge of town and turn right on River Front Road.

Follow the road till you get to the river on the right. There is a parking area with a trash can.

The run is about 1/4 mile of III+ ledges then about a mile or two of II-III.
AT HIGHER WATER THIS RUN INCREASES DRASTICALLY IN DIFFICULTY

Rocky Plains Road or Pickett Bridge are probably better and shorter takeouts.

The major rapid on this section in Porterdale is at Cedar Shoals.

Unfortunatly it is now posted so the area might be closed to boaters. For more info see the comments below. Local boater Will Gosney has talked to area authorities and has been given a green light to paddle the river.

Will Gosney: 2004-11-14: We ran at about 340 cfs and is was still too low. I would think about 500+ would be more realistic. No problems from the police or residents about portaging the dam on river right.
At very high water levels, it appears that several undercut rocks would come in to play and you might want to avoid the big (house sized) rock on river right at the end of the run as it is undercut and the current might flow that direction.


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Last Updated: 2015-02-21 02:27:11

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Cedar ShoalsIII+Putin Portage Photo
0.0DamPhoto
1.0Middle ShoalsIII
2.0Takeout RapidIIITakeout Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Cedar Shoals (Class III+, Mile 0.0)

First Rapid Below the Dam

First Rapid Below the Dam
Photo by Will Gosney taken 02/22/05 @ 3500cfs

Put in after portagaging the 12 dam on river right. Run the right side at lower flows, at higher flows a left hand channel opens up. At really high flows this rapid can aproach Class V

Dam

Picture of Dam

Picture of Dam
Photo by Will Gosney taken 02/22/05 @ 3500cfs

Portage The Dam

Middle Shoals (Class III, Mile 1.0)
Bolder field type rapid at lower flows requires picking your way down.

Takeout Rapid (Class III, Mile 2.0)

Last Rapid

Last Rapid
Photo by Will Gosney taken 02/22/05 @ 3500cfs

Working your way amongst the bolder fields, there is some nice surfing at the bottom.


User Comments

Users can submit comments.
August 29 2009 (3278 days ago)
x (1)
josh lowry ran cedar shoals at 1780 cfs it was one hell of a ride scouting this river is a must the
last rapid aka. #5 is a 4ft wall of water that is hard to punch threw big water boats only no
playboating in this hole.
March 29 2009 (3431 days ago)
x (1)
Ryan i believe we are the only people who pay attention to this river but o well. Yea the river is
sick for sure today. dont need to be in it and these people need to fix the water gage b/c its def
not 699CFS right now, more like 6000 CFS
March 27 2009 (3433 days ago)
x (1)
Justin Hodges, man you know who pulled you out of that river and it wasn't the fire dept.! Haha,
but seriously Justin and I paddled this river at 1600cfs and it was a lot of fun. Nice rapids at
the bottom and one heck of a ride when I hit it at 2100cfs. A whole lot of junk in the river though
so I wouldn't recommend staying upside down or swimming! None the less, this river throws you
something new every time whether 20ft trees floating next to you or something else. Ryan Roth
December 2 2008 (3548 days ago)
x (1)
I notice the water in all of the pictures here is quite brown. Are these pics at flood stage? Does
anyone know the level that they were taken at; as they all seem from about the same time? yes the
pic were taking @ flood time around like 3000 CFS i think. When i kayaked this in 1600 CFS the
water was completely red/brown.
November 8 2008 (3572 days ago)
x (1)
11/08/08. I went down this river after a week of storms when it was at 1600cfs. The river was
amazing, but i did get stranded on a rock for 2 hours without a paddle. I had to wait for the
rescue team and fire dep. to get me out. Too dangerous to hit rapids without a paddle. Made the
newspaper and everything. There are some incredible rapids @ 1600cfs. DO NOT TAKE LIGHTLY> when
the river is up, it makes for a good day. Justin Hodges
August 27 2007 (4011 days ago)
wreevesDetails
Is there really a class V+ rapid.
July 17 2005 (4781 days ago)
Will GosneyDetails
Shuttle directions.<br />
<br />
To get to the run, from I-20 take Hwy 81 south from
Covington and the run starts in downtown Porterdale.
When you see the mill, you are at the put in. There is
an abandoned gas station on the north side of the
bridge that has been used for parking. To get to the
take out, go north on Hwy 81 close to the edge of
town and turn right on River Front Road. Follow the
road till you get to the river on the right. There is a
parking area with a trash can.<br />
http://tinyurl.com/83737<br />
<br />
The best put in is to put into the river on the
northwest corner of the bridge on public property.
Then float a few yards down to take out just before
you reach the 12 foot high dam. Portage on river
right and put back in just below the dam.<br />
<br />
The run is about 1/4 mile of III+ ledges then about a
mile or two of II-III. AT HIGHER WATER THIS RUN
INCREASES DRASTICALLY IN DIFFICULTY. <br />
November 14 2004 (5026 days ago)
Will GosneyDetails
Ok, finally got to run this section. We
ran at about 340 cfs and is was still too
low. I would think about 500+ would
be more realistic. No problems from
the police or residents about portaging
the dam on river right.

At very high water levels, it appears that
several undercut rocks would come in
to play and you might want to avoid the
big (house sized) rock on river right at
the end of the run as it is undercut and
the current might flow that direction.
September 26 2004 (5075 days ago)
Will GosneyDetails
Viewed river at 240 cfs. Did look like it was close to a minimum level.

At this level, the big rock in the middle of the river below the dam looked like at higher levels
it would be slightly undercut on the left side.

Will
September 9 2004 (5093 days ago)
Will GosneyDetails
I went by the Porterdale run recently and asked the police about their policy for access to the
run.

I was told that the purpose of the keep out signs on river right was to keep people from loitering
on that area. I asked and was told it was ok to put in above the bridge on river right, take out to
portage the dam and put back in below the dam. They said "just don't take an hour and keep
your contact as minimal as possible".

I would strongly suggest anyone considering this actually stop either at the Porterdale police
station in the center of town to ask or track down the officer on duty and let them know what you
intend to do.

If you think you want to run, call me at 770-560-3600, cause I'm about 10 minutes away from the
run.

Will


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