Augusta Canal Overflow - Augusta Canal Pump Station

Augusta Canal Overflow, Georgia, US


Augusta Canal Pump Station

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 0.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Donald running the overflow flume

Donald running the overflow flume
Photo of Donald Farmer by Andrea Dover taken 05/10/14 @ 7.28 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02196485 7.00 - 7.40 ft III-V 00h36m 6.32 ft (too low)
Uncertain whether gauge correlates at all to releases into this channel. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-11-15 05:53:52


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Augusta Overflow FlumeIVWaterfall Photo
0.2Recovery PoolN/ATakeout Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Augusta Overflow Flume (Class IV, Mile 0.1)

Donald running the overflow flume

Donald running the overflow flume
Photo by A Dover taken 05/27/14 @ 7.20 ft

This rapid is an intense bedrock slide.  It drops 30-40 feet over 50 yards. 

Recovery Pool (Class N/A, Mile 0.2)

Sitting in the pool below the flume

Sitting in the pool below the flume
Photo by A Dover taken 06/21/14 @ 7.40 ft

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
June 14 2011 (2714 days ago)
Stu ThompsonDetails
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
July 1 2008 (3792 days ago)
x (1)
I was just there today to scope it out. it was deppressing. there was absolutely no water running
through it. i went expecting to see some small rapids, but instead it couldnt even be compared to
the strength of a fosset on a sink. They need to let more water into that spot for us kayakers. I
need more water!!! email me if you learn something new.
October 9 2007 (4058 days ago)
x (1)
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.
September 14 2007 (4083 days ago)
x (1)
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...)
July 30 2006 (4494 days ago)
Michael HendricksonDetails
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.

Do more than just check gauges; join over 5,000 AW members today.

Or, consider donating