This park and huck is located in Aqueduct Park, near downtown Augusta. There are two possible whitewater features in the park, the Overflow flume and the waterfall. The Overflow Flume runs consistently when the Augusta Canal gauge is over 7ft - usually during summer and fall months. The waterfall only runs after substantial rain in the area.
The flume is a bedrock slide, which drops 20-30ft over 50 yards. It is very shallow, and at higher flows the water is extremely powerful. When the canal is over 7.4 the haystack at the bottom gets very beefy, and the recovery pool turns into a dynamic, recirculating eddie. When the flume is running high, the recovery pool is a great place to practice your ferries.
Jason Benton testified:
This park and huck is located on the Augusta Canal pump station access road on the right just after you cross the RR tracks. It usually runs when the canal is high. It can often be found running after heavy rains and on high release weekends on the Savannah.
This rapid is an intense bedrock slide. It drops 30-40 feet over 50 yards.
I have gone the past few days and noticed that they release late in the afternoon. By 7:30, it isn't worth going. There is some construction on the train trussels that has been going on for a few months.
Gauge update: Ran the Rae's Creek overflow this weekend at 7.26 on the canal gauge and this was a good level - enough water going to make it a nice, fun run without being scrapy (if it was very much lower it could be scrapy, though). Higher would be a little better and faster. :-) It's been running a lot lately. Posted a video of what it looked like, on AW photo page and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mPsLaD9d9o
I was there Sat 8/15/2009 and it was very fast with a lot of flow. Then I went on Monday 8/17 at lunch and it was a trickle...almost totally dry. Any info as to whether it is only dependent on rainfall or if there are release times would be great. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Andy
Ran it this weekend, (the overflow, vice the Rae's creek waterfall.) Was fairly decent, the flush of water knocked out some of the smaller natural refuse that could of posed problems. The rocks still slam you into the river left wall near the bottom, lean in to it slightly or you will end up scraping the mud with your face.
just a friendly update, there has been a clean up effort down in this area to take out the broken bottles, the plastic bags, the diapers etc.... So every time you go down there help us keep it clean and keep it open for the kayakers, climbers, and people hanging around the swimming hole. The train trussel construction is finished, and they removed some of the shoaled up rocks that lead down into the Savannah River. The actual overflow itself has seen some build up of refuse, both man made and natural, and needs to have a few good runs of water before it's runnable. (large logs, mud stuck truck tires etc...)
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Permits are not required for this reach.
This intense rapid is located in Augusta's Aqueduct Park. There are two options for access:
Park just past Lake Olmstead stadium, near the radio station, where Milledge Rd and Lakeshore Loop dead end into each other. Walk over the Augusta Canal footbridge, take a left and follow the Augusta Canal Trail. Address for the radio station is:
Donald running the overflow flume
Donald plowing through the haystack at the bottom
Sitting in the pool below the flume
Stu Thompson - Augusta Canal Overflow
Rae's Creek Overflow
Rae's Creek Waterfall
Augusta Canal Slide
Zack at Mystery Creek
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