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Difficulty II-III(V)
Length 1.5 Miles
Flow Range 4.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 1.61 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/28/2009 10:37 am

River Description

Whetstone creek is a small flood water run only that feeds the Chattooga at Sandy Ford. This creek runs only after huge rain storms but when it runs the final drops are quite impressive.
There is an access point way up on Whetstone Rd. but you will paddle miles of flat water before seeing any action.
The best way to run this creek is to hike down from the Sandy Ford access road.
The creek has some small drops before it starts to plunge into the Chattooga. One of the largest class V drops looks similar to Momentary Laps of Reason on the Bear in Georgia.
The big drops look scary at high flow but unless there are trees present they are clean.
Most boaters would just continue down Chattooga Section 3 at super high flow but the takeout option listed is a short carry up on the right from the confluence.

Rapid Descriptions

Lapse of Reason

Class - 5.0 Mile - 1.4
Lapse of Reason is a scary notch drop with a line off the right side. The rapid is somewhat more dangerous when it has trees immediatly downstream. Swim here and your boat will be swept down to the Chattooga.

Approch to the last drop

Class - IV Mile - 1.49
Depending on water level you might be required to dodge some brush on the approch. At high water the last drop is a two stage rapid.

Whetstone Falls

Class - IV Mile - 1.5
The last drop on Whetstone is rather easy but still a big drop.


Gage Descriptions

Whetstone creek starts to drop early compaired to the Chattooga.
In 5 years I have seen this creek run four time.

Directions Description

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Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193832 07/04/03 n/a Added link to Section 3.
1195105 05/28/09 Matt Muir Added link to Section 3.