Frogtown Creek - US 19/129 to US 19/129 at Turners Corner


Frogtown Creek, Georgia, US

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US 19/129 to US 19/129 at Turners Corner

Usual Difficulty III-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 2.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 135 fpm
Max Gradient 215 fpm

Zach Fraysier -Cannon Falls


Zach Fraysier -Cannon Falls
Photo taken 09/20/10

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHESTATEE RIVER NEAR DAHLONEGA, GA
usgs-02333500 1000 - 3000 cfs III-V(V+) 00h50m 499 cfs (too low)


River Description

**********DO NOT attempt to scout Cannon falls unless you are boating on the creek.  All trails surrounding the area are private property and should not be used by boaters!  Failure to do this could result in losing access to the wonderful creek!**********

 

Frogtown Creek is a waterfall laden steep creek. At least one of the falls was run back in the late 80's and Neil Frost, who lives along the river, says all have been run.

The creek starts and ends on US 19/129 as the road curves up Blood Mountain through the Blue Ridge range of the southern Appalachians. The takeout is at Turner's Corner on the Chestatee River.

Be careful of the three rather large drops on this run and please note that much of Frogtown Ceek is on private property. Many of the property owners do not care for boaters, especially those who trespass on their property.

There are three possible put-ins:

1. The best option is a very short road off Highway 19/129 2.5 miles north of Turner's Corner. There is parking on the short dirt road and along the highway, the carry is short and the bank is minimal.

2. There is an alternate put-in at a small, primitive campground accessed via a short road from Highway 19/129 1.65 miles north of Turner's Corner. The road is passable only to high-clearance 4WD vehicles, the carry from the highway is a couple of hundred yards and parking along the highway is minimal.

3. The bridge on Edwards Parkway (turn left off Highway 19/129 1.5 miles north of Turner's Corner and go 0.4 mile to the bridge) can be used for a drop-and-drive access, but do not leave a vehicle parked: there is no parking area and the surrounding property is all private.

4. Here is a link to a video that walks through the largest rapids on the river

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYchTCd0W8A


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-12-11 11:47:15

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0PutinN/APutin Photo
0.3Rapid 1IV
0.4Rapid 2IVPhoto
0.4Boulder DropIV+Photo
0.4HallwayIV+Waterfall Photo
0.4Metal Bridge BoogyIV
1.0Slack water in between gorgesIIHazard
2.0Slide to Boof Left lineIVWaterfall Photo
2.0Slide to Boof Right LineIVWaterfall Photo
2.412 footer above CannonIVWaterfall Photo
2.5Cannon FallsVHazard Waterfall Photo
2.6Dicks Creek ConfluenceIV
2.9Take OutN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Putin (Class N/A)

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Rapid 1 (Class IV, Mile 0.3)

This rapid starts in a low angled slide and ends in an unique cross flow boof.  Where you boof from one flow into a strong current going to opposite direction.  Start left and drive right.

 


Rapid 2 (Class IV, Mile 0.4)

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A set of slides ending in 5 foot ledge type boof. Eddy on right at bottem to get out and scout Boulder drop.



Boulder Drop (Class IV+, Mile 0.4)

David Huyck laying treats

David Huyck laying treats
Photo taken 12/06/16

This is the trickiest move on the run.  Start left and drive right, but not too right or you will end up in the rhodo below. After this double boof there is a slide that ends is a hole that can be sticky a certain levels.

 

This rapid goes directly into Hallway.



Hallway (Class IV+, Mile 0.4)

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This rapid is my personal favorite.  It starts where the boulder drop ends.  It consists of a three tiered slide with several holes and eddies throughout.  This is a fast one.  At the end get left.



Metal Bridge Boogy (Class IV, Mile 0.4)

This rapid is a long boulder garden.  The best way I have found to run it is to start on the right near the top and slowly work left, and then back to the right at the end.   This rapid used to have a metal walking bridge which made it a mandatory portage, but this hazard has since been removed and this rapid is now runnable. Wood tends to build up in this rapid so just be cautious.



Slack water in between gorges (Class II, Mile 1.0)

This is a mile long section of fast moving  slack water in between the two gorges.  Watch out for a rope that is strung across the river at waist height.



Slide to Boof Left line (Class IV, Mile 2.0)

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This rapid has two lines, The left side is a low angled slide into a steep 10 foot slide with a piton in the center.



Slide to Boof Right Line (Class IV, Mile 2.0)

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This line starts on the low angled slide and then drops off a 10 foot drop, which can be boofed. (this boof is located on the left side of this photo)



12 footer above Cannon (Class IV, Mile 2.4)

12 footer above cannon

12 footer above cannon
Photo taken 01/04/16

This is a 12 foot drop directly above the 40 foot cannon falls.  This one can be run anywhere but beware the hole at higher levels. 



Cannon Falls (Class V, Mile 2.5)

Jack Orr showing proper form

Jack Orr showing proper form
Photo taken 12/12/16

This is the signature drop of the run.  It's about 40 feet tall with a gently graded slope at the top to ease you into vertical.  A little bit of California on the east coast.




User Comments

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December 29 2011 (2245 days ago)
Jason TerryDetails
if you are going to run Cannon Falls be careful and scout very well as there are three small
sections of metal pipe sticking up right below the lip on river right that you cannot see when you
are in your boat. the best line is splitting the middle and river left pipe but this is a very
narrow (~4-6 feet) line and failure to do so could send you sideways over the 40+ foot drop. so
just be careful and find some land marks in the water that you can instantly recognize from your
boat. also don't be too preoccupied with this as there are two good sized holes above the drop and
they could surf you over to river left where you definitely don't want to be, have someone set
safety at the lip so they can pull you over to shore if you are getting surfed in the hole
October 29 2009 (3036 days ago)
x (1)
please don't leave cars at the steel bridge put in park at the highway and walk down it is not far
and it won't get access shut down-be responsible or use the legal put in farther up
October 29 2009 (3036 days ago)
x (1)
got on yesterday chestatee was at about 1000 and i would call it minimum got on it 2/5/09-chestatee
was about 3800 and light rain throughout the run. Perfect level
October 20 2009 (3045 days ago)
x (1)
Yes it gets run whenever chestatee is over 1500cfs...but shhhhhh.....
December 23 2008 (3346 days ago)
x (1)
You can scrape down it if the chestatee gauge is at 600 cfs, but any lower than that and it is not
worth it. It is best to run it above 750cfs on the chestatee gauge, the more water = the more fun,
but beware of strainers. There are only 2 mandatory portages,( a big log jamn and a small low
hanging bridge) and most people portage the falls as well.
February 19 2008 (3654 days ago)
x (1)
I'd say minimum is around 1000cfs on the Chestatee gauge
January 19 2006 (4415 days ago)
Rick BellowsDetails
As of 01/18/06, several trees down in and above the water in the first half mile below the put-in.
January 11 2006 (4422 days ago)
Rick BellowsDetails
New Streamkeeper: Rick Bellows, chestateer@yahoo.com.


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