I Ran this today at 1.95 on the Chattooga gauge. It was way too low in my opinion. I would look for a lot more water on that gauge. Also after the first mile it is all flat water besides two very small little rapids. The only way I would do this again is at flood stage.
The put-in is the bridge on Hwy 11. Just walk down the gated road to the river. The people at the boat place just past the put-in are very nice but seem tired of paddlers asking where the put-in is.
Since we have had no water this season, I scoured all the ledges of the Dar Drop for rebar and metal studs. I got several including three from the top drop, one which has tagged my boat in the past. Also there are metal beams at the bottom of the pool about were the speed trap hole forms at high water. No problems unless you are being recirculated in the hole (which is a totally violent experience.) Two thirds of the way through the pool at the bottom of the entire falls has sheet metal in it from the pipes that once carried water to the pump house at the pool. For water levels, generally if the chattooga is @ 3 ft or less I park and only run the Dar Drop, higher than that the slides down stream start to also get fun. At real high water, @ 6 ft or so on the chattooga big holes form throughout the rapid, and it is one long fun mess. Scout all ledges for wood at higher flows. Matt West
how long does it take to paddle this section
Takes about 21/2hrs at 2.68 on gauge. Would not run any lower than this level...Surprised even at this level it had plenty of water to run for such a small narrow creek.
THE GAUGE LISTED IS THE CHATTOOGA. ALMOST ALL SC GUAGES WERE KILLED BY BUDGET CUTS. THIS IS A GROSS APPROXIMATION OF WATERLEVEL.
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Flat Shoals Falls
1st drop @ flat shoal falls
Flat shoals falls
Hugh on flat shoals
Surprise Ledge at low flow
Top of Mystery Slide
The right line on the second slide
Catching the eddy
Open canoe on Flat Shoal
Last Ledge on Flat Shoal
The Falls at Flat Shoal River
Mystery Slide on Flat Shoal River
Flat Shoals at high water
Flat Shoal Falls - Last Ledge
Flat Shoal Falls - Third Ledge
Flat Shoal Falls - Second Ledge
Flat Shoal Falls - First Ledge
Highway 11 Hole
Flat Shoals slides
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