Tiger Creek - Lakemont to Tallulah River

Tiger Creek, Georgia, US


Lakemont to Tallulah River

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 40 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Tiger Creek

Tiger Creek
Photo of Michelle McKenzie by Will Reeves @ 183 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02178400 183 - 5000 cfs III 00h21m 320 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Tiger creek is a short but major tributary of the Tallulah River. This is where all of the water comes from for the middle section of Tallulah, because most of the river is diverted and dry. Tiger creek is basically a good alternate put in for the middle Tallulah.
That being said it has rapids that greatly exceed what would be expected for a run with 40 ft/mile gradient. The drops on Tiger Creek are all abrupt slides and ledges. Several of these are big enough to be exciting for most boaters but are not technically difficult.
Some landowners along this creek are not big fans of boaters so be aware that getting out on the banks is not an option. If you are fast and cruise down to the Tallulah it should be fairly simple to avoid altercations.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-01-14 15:14:00

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.2Angry Landowner FallsIIIHazard
0.3Stonewall Jackson FallsIIIPhoto
0.9Final LedgeIIIPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Angry Landowner Falls (Class III, Mile 0.2)
A big nearly vertical 10-15 foot waterfall slide with a angry private landowner on river right.

Stonewall Jackson Falls (Class III, Mile 0.3)

Stonewall Jackson Falls

Stonewall Jackson Falls
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves @ 183 cfs

A nice slide past the unfriendly landowner.

Final Ledge (Class III, Mile 0.9)

Tiger Creek ledges

Tiger Creek ledges
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller taken 01/09/05 @ 183 cfs

Tiger creek ends with a few minor ledges.

User Comments

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June 10 2018 (220 days ago)
bbaltich (160055)
We paddled this creek on 6/9/2018 for a change of pace. The gauge on this AW page read 383--please
note that is a gauge for Tallulah River, not Tiger Creek itself which was running way less. But was
still passable and enjoyable at that level, though probably a little more fun at a higher flow.
Angry landowners rapid was probably 8-10 feet and a bumpy slide. A little wood in the main line of
that rapid that is easily avoided. No other real wood issues. However, about half way down the run
there is a metal cable running between two trees and across the entire river. A big piece of tree
trunk is stuck on it bring the cable to within 2 feet of the creek's surface. At higher flows, this
could pose a real hazard to someone unaware it was there. There are a couple surfing spots big
enough to side surf and 360 in a Remix. Despite the name of the first rapid, we encountered only a
fisherman and a pleasant landowner who was interested in exploring the creek in his lake kayak.