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Difficulty I-II
Length 16 Miles
Flow Range 100 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 56 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/14/2005 11:26 am

River Description

The Whitewater Sourcebook, Richard Penny (Menasha Ridge Press; 1989).
North Georgia Canoeing (Menasha Ridge Press).
Appalachian Whitewater : The Southern States

This trip can be broken down into much shorter sections....or possibly done as an overnight trip. There is a popular tubing section thru downtown Helen. This section of the river is mostly flatwater.

Rapid Descriptions


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Russell Monroe
2 years ago

Rivers, streams, and creeks are public land up to the average high water mark. I just dont get some people.

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Russell Bailey
13 years ago

Ran GA255 to GA115 on 6/13/06 - 70 cfs on this gauge, 300 cfs on Cornelia gauge. Solo canoes. Adequate water - only a few scrapes - could probably drop flow by another third and still get down it. Very nice stretch. Had Wildwood Outfitters shuttle us.

Gage Descriptions

At this point I'm using an educated guess on minimum and maximum flows from the information provided on the USGS gauge link.

A simpler version might be if you can float down without scraping then its high enough to run. If the river is in the trees then it might be too high.

The USGS gauge is located on the downstream side of the bridge on Georgia Highways 17 and 75 at Helen, and 1.1 mi downstream from Smith Creek.

Drainage area 44.70 square miles
Gage datum 1,404.04 feet above sea level.



Directions Description

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Matt Muir


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