North Oconee, Georgia, US
Hurricane Shoals County Park
||III (for normal flows)
playing in the park
playing in the parkPhoto of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves
NORTH OCONEE RIVER AT COLLEGE ST, AT ATHENS, GA
200 - 5000 cfs
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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 ÂHurricane ShoalsÂ 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.
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Last Updated: 2005-12-29 00:01:42