Dicks Creek - 1- First WMA Gate to Old Waters Creek Campground

Dicks Creek, Georgia, US


1- First WMA Gate to Old Waters Creek Campground (Falls Section)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 0.75 Miles
Avg. Gradient 135 fpm


Photo of Unknown by Chuck Neese

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02333500 2000 - 20000 cfs V 00h32m 529 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Falls stretch of Dicks Creek is a little under a mile of some roadside park & huck gnarr. You can see it all from the road. Rather than staying on the water for the 1.5 miles of flat water to the old campground, most folks take out and walk the nearby road back up to run again.

Park anywhere near the first gate (open except from January 1 to about March 15) on Dick's Creek Road, but don't block the road. Restrooms are available on a side road jus off Dick's Creek Road on the nonriver side.

The well-known Waters Creek Campground is now closed: USFS has turned it into a day use area. Parking on the river side of the road is gone, but parking is available down the short dirt road across Dick's Creek Road from the old campground.

Starts with a gnarly manky drop full of undercuts on all sides with a nasty undercut rock and a few nasty potholes tossed in marks the top of this stretch. Its also got a log stuffed in the center.

This is followed by a big slide in the bend in the road.

Then the big, 20-something foot vertical falls. Watch out for the piton on the right side, and the undercut on the left.

Then another slide.

Then a slide, with another piton on the right and an undercut on the left.

Then another big slide, less steep, but with a big rodeo type hole in the middle, and a strainer where you would want to roll if you just flushed out of the hole.

All of these drops have fast moving flatwater between them. All of them are roadside. All can be portaged. None of them are particularly clean. After the last slide its about 1.5 miles of flatwater to the big slide above Waters Creek Campground, so we made that a separate run.

DIRECTIONS: From Turners Corner, take Highway 19 west just over a half mile and turn onto Dick's Creek Road. (Look for the "Mt. Pisgah Church" sign.) This reach begins at the ranger station or at the gate just uphill of it.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-02-18 14:40:39


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1First Rapid5.0Putin Portage Hazard Photo
0.1Bottom drop of first rapidIIIHazard Photo
0.33rd Rapid. The waterfall5.0Hazard Waterfall Photo
0.5Slide after the fallsIVPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

First Rapid (Class 5.0, Mile 0.1)

First Drop

First Drop
Photo by Chuck Neese

Both sides are undercut. Strainer still lodged in the middle. Pothole on the topleft that looks like it goes to the center of the earth. The rock in the bottom of the photo makes a diagnol undercut ledge. Just an Ugly rapid. Dangerous.

Bottom drop of first rapid (Class III, Mile 0.1)

Undercut Rock

Undercut Rock
Photo by Jim Osborne taken 4/03 @ Low

The slide on the right is a safe line to avoid an undercut sluice.

3rd Rapid. The waterfall (Class 5.0, Mile 0.3)

Dick's Creek Falls

Dick's Creek Falls
Photo of David Cohen @ Low

A 10 foot boof which lands directly on another 10 foot boof.   This rapid is similar to the middle line at Gravity on Overflow Creek.     When there is water, this is a great drop.   You have to link Boof, Land, and Boof extremely quickly.  This is a rewarding feeling when you nail both boofs.

Slide after the falls (Class IV, Mile 0.5)

First slide after falls

First slide after falls
Photo by Jim Osborne taken 4/03 @ Low

Big slide with a big hole at the base. Last seen there were some strainers in the pool backing up the hole.

User Comments

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January 22 2009 (3646 days ago)
x (1)
There is a large log in the first of the 3 drops, at lower water it can be seen, but at higher
levels it is submerged and is potentially dangerous. Seal launch in on the river left below the
February 7 2008 (3996 days ago)
x (1)
The run isn't nearly as manky as the description makes is sound
March 15 2006 (4690 days ago)
Rick BellowsDetails
Per USFS, the gate at the ranger station will be open for the season as of March 17.
January 11 2006 (4753 days ago)
Rick BellowsDetails
New Streamkeeper: Rick Bellows, chestateer@yahoo.com.