Yellow - 3. Hwy 124 to I-20


Yellow, Georgia, US

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3. Hwy 124 to I-20

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 20 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
YELLOW RIVER AT GA 124, NEAR LITHONIA, GA
usgs-02207120 200 - 4000 cfs II-III 00h16m 2990 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-08-23 12:48:33

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 18 2011 (2583 days ago)
x (1)
Their is a dirt road next to 124 in front of the graveyard that will take down next to the river.
Their is a good spot to put in or get out right next to the old rock bridge. Portage mandatory just
below GA 20 due to dam. I did left side and it was sketchy at best. Rapid below dam is a fun but
bony class 2. After that it is class 1 down to GA 138. Watch for a sewage pipe crossing the river
just above the water at normal flows. It is approx 1 mile above GA 138 bridge.
July 8 2009 (3415 days ago)
gary debacherDetails
I don't know why this run is in "green" at only 42 cfs, but it is not runnable at that level. I
would not run it below 100 cfs even to look for lost bodies.
March 4 2009 (3541 days ago)
gary debacherDetails
(Gary DeBacher) Twice this spring I ran the Yellow from the Park down past hwy 124 to the Norris
Lake Drive take out. The first time the river was at about 280 cfs, and the second time it was at
about 460. There are only scattered class 1 rapids from the park to the bridge. There were a couple
of trees down clear across the stream, but they could be snuck at their "top" end where the
branches were small. The river is braiding around an island at a place called "Horseshoe Bend," but
just take the channel with the biggest flow. After the hwy 124 bridge, you will soon come to a
horizon line. You will come to a ledge, height of which depends on the river flow, and you will see
that about 40% of the water veers right, around a large island. On my 280 cfs run, I ran the left
channel, slanting left down the ledge, about 3.5' high that day. On my 460 cfs run, I parked at the
head of the island for pictures of the left channel ledge, now down to about two feet. Then I took
the right channel, where I came to a ledge of equal height, with a backwash hole below, and wood
across the river making it impossible to sneak. This is a good reason not to run secondary channels
around islands. There was no good place to land, but I managed to charge up onto a low place on the
wood, and then hunch and scoot across to run the ledge. After the island, there were more class 1
and 2 rapids, and more rock outcrops. The Norris Lake Drive take out is marked by rock formations
projecting from the left bank, with a nice eddy in between. Total distance is about 5 miles from
the park to the take out. Based on topos and Google sattelite photos, I do not think there will be
any more rapids until Milstead. If you have a small group, see if you can put in at Anniston Bridge
Rd. in order to add the class 2 rapids between the bridge and the park. Also, I have not been able
to find a decent access at the hwy 124 bridge. There is a dirt road at the NW corner, but it is not
suitable for ordinary cars, and there is no good parking on hwy 124.


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