After a good rain on the 20th of March, 2006, Lucas, Jeff and I (all students at Piedmont College) decided to make a run on this section of Hazel Creek. Here is what we found:
Making the run with the Chattahoochee~Cornelia guage at 2.5 ft, it was pretty bony. Wait for the Hooch to be at 3ft before making this run. The first two ledges are small and straight forward, easily boat scouted. The third ledge has a manmade wall at the top of the ledge, onlt two feet tall, with a cut in the middle creating a channel, and a fun way down. DO NOT run to the left of this wall as the water is funnelled into a short pipe in the wall just big enough to let the front of your boat through, but not big enough to let YOU through. Immediately after this ledge is the fourth and largest ledge. The fourth ledge drops a little over 20 vertical feet as a fifty foot slide, point and shoot, very straight forward. The best line seemed to be just river left of a boulder sitting at the top of the ledge, river right of center. This is followed by a little bit of class II, and then flat water and lots of strainers. We never had to portage, but it wasn't always easy getting past the fallen trees in the creek, and an increase in the flow would make it necessary to get out in a few spots. The flat water lasts all the way to the confluence with the Soque. At this point a 20' low head dam is encountered and must be portaged on river left on land which I'm sure is private property (just be quick). Putting in below the dam, a class III rapid with some interesting lines and a few sticky holes must be negotiated, then a couple of easy ledges with some more sticky holes (easily avoided). Two or three miles of flat water brings you to the take out directly below the GA 105 bridge. There is a water treatment facility about half way down the run that contributes some pretty nasty water to the creek, but you'll know when you reach that point. If the first quarter mile was not private land, I would say that the first bit would be fun to run a few times in a row, skip the rest, and hike back to the put-in on the road located next to the creek.
Look for wet days as Hazel Creek is the smallest part of the run requiring the most water.
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jeff @4th ledge
Bubbles @ 4th ledge
Parker @ 4th ledge
Another shot of the Soque River
Hazel Creek and the Soque River
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