Skull Shoal Creek - Home Church Rd to Broad River (Hwy 172)

Skull Shoal Creek, Georgia, US


Home Church Rd to Broad River (Hwy 172)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 0.56 Miles
Avg. Gradient 80 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02191300 2.00 - 20.00 ft III 00h19m 4.29 ft (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

This creek dumps in about a half mile above Roostertail Rapid on the Broad River. For those looking to do some high-water play on the Broad, putting in on Skull Shoal Creek looks to be the best option. Putting on Skull Shoal puts you in between the two best rapids, and eliminates most of the flatwater on the Broad.
The creek has numerous ledges and small boulder gardens.

It takes some good rain to make this one run.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-05-23 20:04:15


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 4 2017 (321 days ago)
canoeguides (155158)
Ran this creek July 4th, 2013 and the level on the Broad River at the GA281 Bridge/Broad River
Outpost gage was 5.5 and rising, which does not correlate with the USGS gage level at Carlton. Had
enough water for a fun run but bumped in one or two spots. The creek needs to be full to the wetted
width, ie, needs to have water in it to the banks on both sides to be runnable without having to
get out/scrape, the more water the better. When determining whether or not to run the creek, the
level on the Broad is not as important as the amount of rain that it takes to bring up Skull Shoals
Creek; we had 3 inches overnight in the area so you have to catch it as its flashing/rising and be
aware of strainers and low hanging branches. You also need to be aware that the land is private
property on both sides of the creek as well as on the Broad River, so stopping to scout/rest is
extremely discouraged. If you can't confidently read/run fast moving class III with few eddies and
high potential for strainers, then stay off of this creek. I shared a link to the video shot from
that day with AW for reference for water level and what to expect.
April 21 2014 (1430 days ago)
NorthGAyaker441 (156425)
Ran this section on April 19 2014. The broad river gauge was at 5.5. There was a decent rain before
the run. At this level it was very rocky and many spots the channel was not wide enough to fit a
boat though, you just had to push over it. I would say this level would be the minimum and that a
good fun level would be a couple feet higher. Dont even consider this run unless broad river gauge
is above 5'. The shuttle is short but you have to park on the side of the road at the put in and
you probably want to arrange to use the normal broad river take out at one of the out fitters or
you will have to use hwy 172 bridge. The dirt roads will be very muddy after the amount of rain
neccessary to make this run so 4×4 may be necessary, I had to use mine at the put in. The creek
definitely has potential to be fun but it is very narrow with lots of out growth from the banks and
could be sketchy at many spots. The creek comes out right below the waterfall and above rostertail
so you will have to run a decent part of the broad river at high flow or flood stage.

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