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Difficulty I-II
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 46 minutes ago 131 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/28/2011 1:52 am

River Description

This upper section of the 12 Mile Creek is a fairly relaxed paddle. A couple rapids on this section will come alive during real high water. There is one 15' dam located just above SC 137 which can be easily portaged on the right. This dam services the Easley Central Water District. 

Double Drop at high water floods the island in the middle below the rapid, and makes some extremely sticky holes at the base on both sides of the island where it is normally a small drop.

Rapid Descriptions

Surf Spots

Class - I Mile - 1.5

One of a half dozen or so small ledges on this river section which can form play spots if there's enough water.  500cfs.

Double Drop

Class - II+ Mile - 2.5

A river wide ledge with a double drop on river left as the main line. There are many other possible routes, the ledge is wide and an island is right below the ledge - you can run either side of the island. The hole at the bottom of the double drop will get fairly nasty when the river goes into flood stage.  Pictured at 500cfs.

Easley Central Water District Dam

Class - N/A Mile - 4.4


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Scott Pigeon
5 years ago

The Easley Central Water District (ECWD) has provided free, unpatrolled public day parking for paddlers and anglers just off Norris Hwy (SC Route 137) on river right just above the highway river crossing. The area affords above-the-ECWD dam (up river) paddlers a take-out parking spot and whitewater (down river) an easy off-highway shoulder put-in.

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Scott Pigeon
9 years ago

Portage for Easley Water District Dam is easy but on the right hand side of the dam.

Gage Descriptions

The upper 12 Mile needs a greater flow than the lower section due to some long flat stretches.

Directions Description

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Removal of Twelvemile Creek Dam Began Today!

Kevin Colburn

Removal began today of the first of two dams on South Carolina's Twelvemile Creek that are slated for demolition.  Removal of the second dam will occur this summer.  The removals will restore roughly two miles of Twelvemile Creek to its natural free-flowing condition. 

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Goodbye Dams, Hello South Carolina Whitewater

Kevin Colburn

Newspapers reported this week that the removal of a dam on South Carolina's Twelvemile Creek will begin by the end of this month.  The dam will be the first of two dams on the creek slated for removal in 2011. Removal of the dams will almost certainly uncover bedrock and boulder rapids similar to those found immediately up and downstream of the reservoirs - or possibly better.

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Help Remove a Dam on Twelvemile Creek (SC)

Kevin Colburn

The state of South Carolina is considering funding the removal of the third of three dams on Twelvemile Creek. The other two dams are already slated for removal.  Take an online survey to support the full restoration of Twelvemile Creek, and the potentially great whitewater currently lost under reservoirs. 

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Help Support the Restoration of Twelvemile Creek (SC)

Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater volunteer Kevin Miller has just launched a website to help paddlers and other river stewards support the restoration of South Carolina's Twelvemile Creek. Check out his new site and please take the time to write a quick email to the decision makers that hold the fate of Twelvemile Creek in their hands.



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