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.
One of a half dozen or so small ledges on this river section which can form play spots if there's enough water. 500cfs.
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.
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.
Portage for Easley Water District Dam is easy but on the right hand side of the dam.
The upper 12 Mile needs a greater flow than the lower section due to some long flat stretches.
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Easley Central Water District Dam
Leaving the Dam
Twelvemile Creek above dam #1
Ledges on Twelevmile Creek
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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.
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.
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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