North Oconee - Hurricane Shoals County Park

North Oconee, Georgia, US


Hurricane Shoals County Park

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 0.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 80 fpm
Max Gradient 80 fpm

playing in the park

playing in the park
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02217770 200 - 5000 cfs III 01h09m 4300 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

With a name like Hurricane Shoals, this little county park might draw any boaters attention. Careful examination of a topographic map shows a steep little section of rapids within the Park boundaries. The Park officials are not adverse to boaters, so this little section of rapids is open for playing. The water quality is not exceptionally poor and in the summer you are guaranteed to get some eye candy on the banks sunning themselves.

Now the bad news. Despite the name “Hurricane Shoals” the river is not all that exciting. Boaters will find a small dam followed by a series of three steep slides and a boulder field. The slides produce some surfing holes at the right water level. That is it. So this is a run for locals or UGA students who live near Commerce. It is not a hair run as you might surmise from the name of the Park and shoals.

The Park can close during the winter but you can easily boat down to the rapids and walk an extra 20 yards to get back to your car. Also consider that the guage is downstream in Athens and is only an indicator of the water level in the run.

At high flow this set of shoals can pack a punch but also had good play spots.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-12-29 00:01:42

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Hurricane Shoals ParkII+Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Hurricane Shoals Park (Class II+)

Park boating

Park boating
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
April 29 2014 (1686 days ago)
jack orrDetails
I went over here today (4-29-14). The level was about 380cfs and way to low for my taste. Had to
wheelchair over a few places. There is a lot of potential here though. Lots of gradient loss over a
short period. I would recommend the lower runnable threshold be moved up to at least 400 maybe even
May 12 2008 (3864 days ago)
x (1)
i was dissapointed running this section in my kayak. i'm not confident that there is a level
between not enough water and too much water to run this section. after walking back up to the top
and ditching the gear, i had a blast sliding down the rocks on my behind. i would definatly
recommend a family picnic here

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