Whetstone Creek - Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford


Whetstone Creek, South Carolina, US

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Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford

Usual Difficulty II-III(V) (for normal flows)
Length 1.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 100 fpm
Max Gradient 100 fpm

Whetstone Creek


Whetstone Creek
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 05/31/03

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHATTOOGA RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA
usgs-02177000 4.00 - 10.00 ft II-III(V) 00h37m 1.45 ft (too low)


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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-28 10:37:22

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.4Lapse of Reason5.0Portage Hazard Waterfall
1.5Approch to the last dropIVTakeout Hazard Waterfall Photo
1.5Whetstone FallsIVTakeout Hazard Waterfall Photo

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 1.5)

Whetstone Creek

Whetstone Creek
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller taken 05/31/03

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)

Whetstone Creek

Whetstone Creek
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 05/31/03

The last drop on Whetstone is rather easy but still a big drop.


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