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Chattooga - Section 4 - Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp

Chattooga, Georgia, US/South Carolina, US


Section 4 - Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp (Section 4)

Usual Difficulty II-IV+ (for normal flows)
Length 8.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 34 fpm
Max Gradient 117 fpm

Low-water line at Corkscrew

Low-water line at Corkscrew
Photo of Andrew Huang by Amanda Loftis taken 07/21/07 @ 0.8

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02177000 0.90 - 2.50 ft II-IV+ 00h42m 2.58 ft (too high)

River Description

Gauge Description: NOTE: The online gauge above reads differently than the paddler's gauge on the US 76 Bridge. Most paddlers refer to the bridge gauge. The online gauge reads about .15 higher than the bridge gauge at 2 feet, about .25 higher below two feet and the same at about 2.8 feet. It can be run down to .5 or even lower but is very scrapy. Above 2.0' Five Falls starts to bump up to class 5. It can certainly be run above 2.2', but only by experienced Section 4 paddlers. The Five Falls section gets much more difficult and dangerous at high water. The highest known run was August 17, 1994 at something between 9 and 10 feet from below Woodall to the Lake. According to USGS the river peaked at 17,500 cfs. Participants included Russ Kulmar, John Lesan, "Snuffy" Hall, Kent Wiginton, and Richard Oldenquist.

This is the Southeastern Classic! More legends exist about Five Falls of the Chattooga than almost any other set of rapids. Taken individually any of the 5 rapids of Five Falls would be significant named drops on any typical Southeastern river. They are far from the hair found on steep creeks and the legendary danger associated with these rapids arises in part from the long history of boating the Chattooga (40+ years). That said, approach these rapids with caution as they have killed and injured plenty of boaters.
This is the river where a portion of the classic 1972 movie Deliverance was filmed.
The Chattooga became a National Wild and Scenic River on May 10, 1974.

An Important note about Crack in the Rock rapid.
Most of the existing guidebooks in print still recommend right crack as the prefered route. This is no longer the case. A flood back around 1998 blew the original log out of the crack. Since then right crack has become an undercut boulder sieve. Boats and boaters have washed under the logs and rocks in right crack. On November 9, 2003 it was the site of a fatality. Any swim out of Corkscrew should be taken seriously. Left Crack has been the site of numerous fatalities and Right Crack is possibly more dangerous. If you swim, get to the bank quickly and do not swim into Crack in the Rock. Do nothing that involves hysteria--just swim to the bank.

Most boaters run Crack below 2 feet through Middle Crack. Use your good judgement here. Running Left Crack when it has water flowing over the top is an easy move but do not get flipped at the top or you could get hurt or pinned. Middle Crack sometimes has debris. Far Right Crack is a blind rapid at high water and can accumulate debris. There is even a route over the right side of Right Crack if you are really careful.

The good news is that the rapid can be portaged on both banks.

Crack changes more than any other rapid on the river. Debris in the underwater sieve can change the pool height upstream of the drop and change the nature of the rapid. Center Crack changed recently (2005) and is now about a 2-foot-tall pourover that can backender kayaks between the two boulders.

Finally, just remember that most of the large rocks in Five Falls are undercut.

Putin and Shuttle Description

The put-in for this section of the river is located where US 76 crosses the river about 8 miles east of Clayton, GA near Long Creek, SC and forms the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

There are parking areas on both the Georgia and South Carolina side of the river.
On the Georgia side you will find a small hikers' parking area ($2.00 fee), which holds about 5 cars. You can put in here with a short walk down to the river. The walk is a little shorter than the paved road to the beach below Bull Sluice or the trail to that rapids. However, if you put in here you miss Bull Sluice rapid.

There is a large USFS parking lot on the SC side of the river with changing rooms and bathrooms and with no parking fee. Follow the paved path about 250 yards to the beach below Bull Sluice or take the trail off to the right and put in right above Bull Sluice. Boaters sometimes access this river via Stekoa Creek.

To get to the take-out:
From the put-in, head left out of the parking lot (east) for about 2.5 miles or so and turn right on Orchard Road. Follow Orchard Road until it dead-ends on Battle Creek Road (across from the Dixie Aluminum plant). Turn right on Battle Creek. Stay on Battle Creek; you will come to a sharp right turn in the road--stay on the paved road. You are now on Damascus Church Road. Just past the little white church on the left, bear right onto Bull Sluice Road. This is a dirt road and you will see a sign for the Tugaloo Boat Ramp. Follow this dirt road all the way to the end and park at the boat ramp. Round trip is about 45 minutes. There are other access points such as Tugaloo Dam, Possum Creek, and Camp Creek, but most of these are excessively strenuous.

At the put-in don't forget to fill out the self-registration forms.


Shuttle service / boating shop / Lake Shuttle.

Chattooga Whitewater Outfitters has a boating store and offers shuttle service to just about any paddleable portion of the Chattooga. So if you are coming from a distance, you can pack 4 or 5 boats onto one car and not have to worry about bringing that second car. It is a very good idea to call them a day in advance 864-647-9083. If you get to the river and find that you've forgotten your pfd, helmet, spray skirt, or paddle, they also rent equipment. They have a web site  .  They are located 2.6 miles on the South Carolina side of the river, just past the turnoffs for Earl's Ford and Woodall. You could even plug their street address into a GPS  (14239 Long Creek Hwy, Long Creek, SC 29658) to get you very close to the river. Coming from Atlanta it will probably take you past route 76 bridge on the way.I know that it does from Asheville. 

Chattooga Sounds (a campground near the takeout) operates a lake shuttle service for those who would rather not paddle across the

 lake. The fee is $20 for the 1st (up to) 4 people and $5 / person after that. Their number is 864-647-6196.

You can make arrangements for them to bring your cooler of snacks & drinks when then meet you at the head of the lake.

Other links:
See also Section 3.






Permit Information

Be sure to sign in at the putin.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-07-26 03:25:35


Launched at the Launching Pad

Detail Trip Report  Launched at the Launching Pad  Chattooga, GA(94.73KB .jpeg)

Big Air!

Detail Trip Report  Big Air!  Chattooga Section 4, GA(72.05KB .jpeg)

Seven Foot Falls

Detail Trip Report  Seven Foot Falls  Chattooga Section 4, GA(40.40KB .jpeg)


Detail Trip Report  Corkscrew  Chattooga, Section IV, SC(63.11KB .jpeg)

7 Foot Falls

Detail Trip Report  7 Foot Falls  Chattooga, Section IV, SC(71.07KB .jpeg)

pothole at 7 foot

Detail Trip Report  pothole at 7 foot  Chattooga Sec. IV, GA(6.10MB .mov)

Corkscrew Gus

Detail Trip Report  Corkscrew Gus  Chattooga, GA(84.84KB .jpeg)

Britmale Runs Jawbone

Detail Trip Report  Britmale Runs Jawbone  Chattooga Section IV, GA(27.38KB .jpeg)

Seven Foot Falls - EZ

Detail Trip Report  Seven Foot Falls - EZ  Chattooga Section IV, GA(69.58KB .jpeg)

Middle Crack

Detail Trip Report  Middle Crack  Chattooga, GA(42.80KB .jpeg)

Sleek Squirting at Corkscrew

Detail Trip Report  Sleek Squirting at Corkscrew  Chattooga, GA(4.49MB .mpg)

Carnage at the Bull

Detail Trip Report  Carnage at the Bull  Chattooga, Ga(37.32KB .jpeg)

5 Falls Entrance

Detail Trip Report  5 Falls Entrance  Chattooga, Ga(41.28KB .jpeg)

What a Rush!

Detail Trip Report  What a Rush!  Chattooga, Ga(44.25KB .jpeg)

Bull Sluice Slide

Detail Trip Report  Bull Sluice Slide  Chattooga, Ga(37.97KB .jpeg)

Air George !

Detail Trip Report  Air George !  Chattooga, Ga(46.15KB .jpeg)

Best photo of the day

Detail Trip Report  Best photo of the day  Chattooga, GA(42.01KB .jpeg)

Mike hits the eddy

Detail Trip Report  Mike hits the eddy  Chattooga, GA(50.23KB .jpeg)

Corkscrew Panoramic

Detail Trip Report  Corkscrew Panoramic  Chattooga, GA(195.83KB .jpeg)

Running Jawbone

Detail Trip Report  Running Jawbone  Chattooga Section IV, GA(105.88KB .jpeg)


Detail Trip Report    @Chattooga Section 4 - Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp, (347.17KB .pdf)

Chad Werts on the Chattooga

Detail Trip Report  Chad Werts on the Chattooga  Chattooga, GA(573.03KB .jpeg)

Watch your Elbows!

Detail Trip Report  Watch your Elbows!  Chatooga and Little river,TN, (2.89MB .wmv)


Detail Trip Report  Woodall  Chattooga - Section IV, GA(58.47KB .jpeg)

Meltdown at the Bull

Detail Trip Report  Meltdown at the Bull  Chattooga, SC(4.90MB .avi)

Christing runs Corkscrew

Detail Trip Report  Christing runs Corkscrew  Chattooga - Section IV, GA(3.98MB .mov)

Aimee at 7-Foot

Detail Trip Report  Aimee at 7-Foot  Chattooga, GA(191.60KB .jpeg)

Soc-em-dog K-2

Detail Trip Report  Soc-em-dog K-2  Chattooga, GA(31.21KB .jpeg)

7 Foot Falls

Detail Trip Report  7 Foot Falls  Chattooga, GA(92.84KB .jpeg)

Rock Jumble

Detail Trip Report  Rock Jumble  Chattooga, GA(600.72KB .jpeg)

Problems at 7-foot

Detail Trip Report  Problems at 7-foot  Chattooga, GA(4.65MB .avi)

surfing above the bull

Detail Trip Report  surfing above the bull  Chattooga, GA(137.69KB .jpeg)

Ben and the Bull

Detail Trip Report  Ben and the Bull  Chattooga, GA(3.72MB .avi)

wrong way down

Detail Trip Report  wrong way down  Chattooga, GA(3.72MB .avi)


Detail Trip Report  next  Chattooga, GA(98.61KB .jpeg)


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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

NOTE: The online gauge above reads differently than the paddler's gauge on the US 76 Bridge. Most paddlers refer to the bridge gauge. The online gauge reads about .15 higher than the bridge gauge at 2 feet, about .25 higher below two feet and the same at about 2.8 feet.

It can be run down to .5 or even lower but is very scrapy.

Above 2.0' Five Falls starts to bump up to class 5.

It can certainly be run above 2.2', but only by experienced Section 4 paddlers. The Five Falls section gets much more difficult and dangerous at high water.

Highest known run was August 17, 1994 at something between 9 and 10 feet from below Woodall to the Lake. According to USGS the river peaked at 17,500 cfs. Participants included Russ Kulmar, John Lesan, "Snuffy" Hall, Kent Wiginton, and Richard Oldenquist.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02177000 0.90 - 2.50 ft II-IV+ 00h42m 2.58 ft (too high)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0.90 -2.50 ft barely runnable-high runnable II-IV+

Report - Reports of Chattooga Section 4 - Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.


When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
ChattoogaSection 4 - Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp [ ] Bull Sluice n/a Adam Weaver
Chattooga [GA] scott on the bull @1.9ft. jonathan kirby
Chattooga Section 4 [Ga] Cleaning the Crack 1.85ft mark bowman
Chattooga [GA] Paddle Snake n/a Jason Tarpley
Chattooga [GA] Swallowed By Rock Jumble 1.7 Jamie Burch
Chattooga [GA] Another Shot of the Dog 1.5/bridge Dallas Shaw
Chattooga [GA] bottom bonzai wave 3.3ft Zach Dean
Chattooga [GA] Greg Simpson on the sneek on Seven foot falls n/a G simpson
section-4 [ga] Seven foot falls 1.2 Jesse Sweat
Chattooga [GA] Sock Em Dog n/a Stu Thompson
Chattooga [GA] Corkscrew 1.7 ft (bridge) Stu Thompson
Chattooga [GA] (RM) Right Crack Sieve #1 .66 bridge .98 USGS Robert Maxwell
Chattooga [GA] (RM) Ultimate Open Boater at Raven Chute @ 0.66 .66 bridge .98 USGS Robert Maxwell
Chattooga [GA] Kevin running Corkscrew 2.1 Todd Hoffman
Chattooga [GA] n/a boof or die
Chattooga [GA] Open Boat Ender 1.5 wreeves
Chattooga [GA] Corkscrew in a Jetti n/a wreeves
Chattooga [GA] Corkscrew bottom holes n/a wreeves
Chattooga [SC] Section 4 on a cataraft 2.1ft Mark Hammock
ChattoogaSection 4 - Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp [SC] Louie Wins! n/a Mark Hammock

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
November 15 2018 (31 days ago)
slmuller (153825)
There is currently a new log in Center Crack on top of the log that has always been there. At ~1.4
(bridge) it makes the drop 4-5 feet tall. The landing can backender you powerfully. The log is
moving up and down with the current so I don't think it's stuck all that tightly. More water is
also flowing through right crack now. Look before you leap! EDIT: That log has been gone for a
while but crack is always changing.
August 31 2014 (1568 days ago)
Caesar OngDetails
Tangled Rope underwater towards the end of Jawbone: We ran it at 1.4 ft on August 31st, 2014. One
of the girls in my group going down today was flipped towards the end of Jawbone, running to the
left of the big rock and the right of the little rock right before the eddy to Sock Em Dog. I was
watching her the whole time, when she rolled, half way up, I saw this dark green/black colored rope
tangled up on one side of her paddle. She held on tight and tried to roll again but it was pulling
her upstream. She swam out of her boat later saying that her skirt imploded while trying to roll
again. Fortunately she was able to get out before Sock Em Dog, her boat was retrieved after the Dog
and paddle found after Shoulderbone. I was glad that the rope tangled up to her paddle and not her
body. She doesn't carry a knife with her. Please pass this on to everyone you know planning on
visiting the river and paddling this section. Consider portaging Jawbone.
June 12 2014 (1648 days ago)
Brian and Maria JacobsonDetails
Attention Paddlers: Hazard in 5-Falls During the last year, a number of kayaks have been pinned in
Right-Crack. Please be extra cautious around this river feature. Consider setting safety ropes
below Corkscrew. US Forest Service
October 19 2013 (1884 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
We ran this section on July 7th 2012. Second day on the Chattooga with water running close to the
first day on section 3 at 1.25ft. Great run with added adventure and difficulty. We lost Mark out
of the Mini Me leaving Steve stranded. Amazing day with a lucky boat tow at the lake. I can't wait
to get back in the water and run this section again.
April 29 2011 (2788 days ago)
Carla MinerDetails
was told today of a log "deep" in sock'm dog hole. apparently an effort was made to remove the log
but inadvertently added a hook and a decent chunk of line to the mess. I am hearing this third
party but thought a warning should be posted if one hadn't been. So take a second if you can...
scope it out or walk it. HAPPY FALL PADDLING Yes there is a log and grappling hook and a bunch of
rope in sock'm dog. (yea, thanks for that NOC!)
December 5 2010 (2933 days ago)
Wes YowDetails
Just a quick note to let everyone know to watch out for a log in Shoulder Bone on Chattooga IV. The
log is behind the overhanging rock (Shoulder Bone rock) on river right and it is pointing somewhat
upstream out of the water. We were using the usual left side/angled line and going left/middle
through the holes below without issue. If you hold tight to the river right overhanging rock, the
log may very well be in play. It's easy to avoid, just stay left. I'm not sure that it can be seen
from upstream at all because we didn't know it was there until already in/below the rapid. If you
know to look for the log beforehand, you might be able to see about 6 feet of it sticking up out of
the water. Overall a great day on Chatt, blue skies and good water. We even had the rarest of
occurrences on the lake - both a tail wind and current to help us along most all the way to the
takeout. Apparently they are releasing at the dam because the lake level is anywhere from 4-8ft
lower depending on the lake width. It was really odd seeing so many sandbars out of the water and
broken rafting paddles littering the bottom.
December 3 2010 (2935 days ago)
glacher (151570)
A tree is falling over into the right hand line at Woodall Shoals and there is a lot of wood at the
bottom of the top drop. Don't run the drop without scouting it first.
September 26 2010 (3003 days ago)
jmvwa243 (152227)
"Ran at 1.2 river gauge today, but Stekoa was bumping (I estimate the level after Stekoa to be
2+)... New log stuck in middle crack/old log flushed out. The new log is horizontal like the last
one, but juts out, creating somewhat of a boat flipper to your normal boof line. Not sure how long
the branch will be on the log (roughly 4 inches thick), but take care to adjust your lean to avoid
punching out on the wall. Happy fall paddling!" Whatever was stuck on the old log washed out. The
old log is still there.
September 3 2010 (3026 days ago)
Michael BoneDetails
Paddled Section 4 yesterday, a VERY low water run, about 1 ft on the bridge. Was able to see a
large log pinned vertically in right crack. There is also a large log pinned in the left line of
shoulder bone almost out into the main flow. USE CAUTION here at higher water when these hazards
will not be exposed and could result in some nasty boat pins!
August 19 2009 (3406 days ago)
Lenny GalleDetails
At .98 rock jumble is a pain in the butt. Literally. It hurt. THe normal line is low to go. I drank
from the river. Good times all in all. At 1.05 it is much easier cause you dont fall sideways on a
rock and fall off of it. Rolling in rock Jumble stole my paddle. Found it when it wiggled loose a
minute later. Rolling in rock jumble HAHA right if you like the taste of granite.
January 3 2009 (3634 days ago)
Bill MandlerDetails
The tree was not there on 1/01/09.
August 27 2008 (3763 days ago)
x (1)
Ran the middle crack yesterday with no problems, but this was before the surge of water so there is
no telling once again what may be in there.
February 13 2008 (3959 days ago)
Tim BoringDetails
crack has changed in the last 30-45 days. right crack is now clear. just after new years, the wood
from right crack appeared in far right crack and was kinda ugly; since then, however, the big log
has washed out of far right crack and deposited itself in some rocks above jawbone--actually not a
bad place for it. there are still some smaller logs in far right. i'll post some pics later in the
December 9 2007 (4025 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Check out for the history of the
Tallulah and Chattooga before the erection of the Tugalo Dam. It's got some niche ole photos of
rapids which used to exist, some 80+ years ago. (Sniff...)

Thanks to "Gomer" at BT for pointing out that great article!
July 25 2007 (4162 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
The USGS has apparently changed some stuff with their formatting. AW's web developer is working on
fixing this glitch. Meanwhile, this handy table can help you make sense of the reading from above:
flow (cfs) stage (ft) 240 1.2 300 1.3 350 1.4 420 1.5 490 1.6 570 1.7 650 1.8 740 1.9 840 2.0 940
2.1 1040 2.2 1160 2.3 1280 2.4 1400 2.5 1550 2.6
April 24 2005 (4984 days ago)
Don KinserDetails
The Chattooga actually became part of the National Wild and Scenic River system on May 10, 1974.
July 1, 1976 was the first day that it was illegal to boat aboe the highway 28 bridge.

Yes a new bridge is being built. However the existing paddler's gauge will be preserved, at least
that is the plan at this point.
November 10 2003 (5515 days ago)
Right Crack looks like the tunnel of love at Ravens Rock underwater New
Forum: BoaterTalk
Re: right crack at chattooga by tarheel123 Nov 10 2003, 23:29 GMT New
Date: Nov 10 2003, 23:45 GMT

I went scuba diving at Crack a number of years ago and went all around right/middle and left crack.
The two rocks almost touch at the top of right crack. A large log (there used to be two) goes from
the bottom of the river and is wedged in the top crease. The smaller logs/branches have collected
horizontally like a beaver dam to seal most of the opening. No significant water went around the
river right of the log but a lot of water goes around the left and under the big rock in the center
of the rapid. This rock is undercut/overhanging just below the water surface and you can go back
5-7 ft from the downstream face. A good number of boats have gone through the passage but a body
may have a higher likelyhood of snagging on one of the many branches forming the dam. I suspect
that if the log ever rots/washes out the entire river would go through this slot and you would
paddle under the rocks you go over now like a bridge.

Aside, you can walk into left crack and go under the rock between left and center crack and sit and
watch the bubbles of center crack go by on one side (a 3x5 ft window) and the bubbles of left crack
go by on the other side.

If a boater is ever stuck in left crack you need to push their shoulders/arms back into the drop
until the water catches their torso. They will then wash under the pinning rock and free from the
rapid. I've worked a recovery here and you cannot pull someone against the force of the water.
There is lots of room under the pin rock (5-6 ft), which is why kayaks pin there so bad. Also a
canoe or raft can be broached across the top of the drop significantly reducing the amount of water
going through the drop.
January 10 2003 (5819 days ago)
Section 4 playspots, from JBon boatertalk:
Not good play on section IV......good play on section III??????? Allow me to list out SOME of the
playspots on section IV (level dependent):
1: Surfing Rapid
2: Hole above 7 ft.
3: Hole RIGHT above seven foot(not for the timid..better at
lower levels)
4: Pourover below little 7ft....can wheel on both sides
5: Surfing wave at bottom of Stekoa rapid
5: Long Creek hole
6: Turtlehead rock
7: Splatwheel rock at turtlehead (sliding splatwheel)
8: Wheelin' rock below Raven's chute
9: Splatwheel right below this one
10: Another sweet splatwheel spot..hard to describe where
11: Little Woodall....again not for the timid
12: Hole in slot above Crack..need a 100% roll for this one
one of my favorites lately
13: Quelude

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Lots of fun eddy lines and smaller waves and holes. Only take
a creekboat if you're not going to play, or if you feel you need the extra confidence it'll give
you. If you're a solid boater and plan on playing, you can have LOTS of fun on Section IV. There
aren't ANY really fun playspots on Section III until the water gets above 2.5 ish. I do, however,
agree a creekboat will feel better at the lake.
April 21 2002 (6082 days ago)
More Gauge correlations.
1.55 bridge = 1.7 USGS.
1.45 bridge = 1.6 USGS as of April 2002.

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Bull SluiceIV+Putin Photo
0.2Surf RapidIIIPlayspot Photo
0.4Screaming Left TurnIIIPhoto
0.9Rock JumbleIIIPhoto
2.0Woodall ShoalsIII+Access Portage Hazard Photo
2.2The playspot above 7 footIII+Playspot
2.37 Foot FallsIVPhoto
2.8Beaver SkullII+
3.0Stekoa Creek RapidIII+Photo
3.5Long Creek Falls Rapid and PlayspotIIIPlayspot Photo
3.6Deliverance RockIII+
3.8Turtle Head RockII+Playspot
4.0Ravens ChuteIII+Portage Hazard Photo
4.1Tunnel of LoveII+
4.2the rapid after Raven ChuteIIIHazard
4.5Little WoodallIII+
5.0Camp CreekAccess
5.1Five Falls
5.1Crack in the RockIVHazard Photo
5.1JawboneIV+Hazard Photo
5.2Sock em DogIV+Photo
6.0Lake Tugaloo

Rapid Descriptions

Bull Sluice (Class IV+)

Bull Sluice

Bull Sluice
Photo of Will Reeves by Clay taken 05/01/03 @ 1.7

Bull Sluice is a Chattooga Classic. It is right at the Highway 76 access and marks the end of section 3 and the putin for section 4. The entrance is class III-III+ into the eddy on the SC side (river left) above the main drop. There are many variations from this point. Beware of potholes and entrapment hazards. There will be a large crowd to cheer your run on most Summer weekends.

Surf Rapid (Class III, Mile 0.2)

Enders at surf rapid

Enders at surf rapid
Photo of Will Reeves by Amanda Loftis taken 05/06/07 @ 1.4

Usually run on river right. Surf Rapid is one of the better playspots on the river, allowing both cartwheels and enders. There is a big recovery eddy on river right. During the summer the raft companies swim customers thru the rapid.

Screaming Left Turn (Class III, Mile 0.4)

(RM) Screaming Left Turn Slot

(RM) Screaming Left Turn Slot
Photo of Steve Frazier by Rob Maxwell @ .66 bridge .98 USGS

There are multiple routes thru this rapid, the standard one being start river right, go over the first three foot ledge, then start working back to the left to avoid some rocks. The advanced move is to run the toaster slot. This is a slot move thru a three foot wide crack, under an overhanging rock. At flows above 5 feet this rapid develops a nearly riverwide hole that should be paddled around on the left. Around 2 feet on the gauge the left side grows a nice cartwheel hole

Rock Jumble (Class III, Mile 0.9)



Rock Jumble is about a 10 foot high sloping ledge. It can be run just about anywhere, depending on the water level. The best place to scout is on the right. The hero lines are the two slot moves on river left. Somewhere above 4 feet rock jumble creats a beautiful surfing wave.

Woodall Shoals (Class III+, Mile 2.0)

Woodall Shoals

Woodall Shoals
Photo taken 04/25/00 @ low runnable level

Woodall Shoals is a nice class 3+ rapid with a very dangerous, but not that impressive looking Class 5+ hole right in the top middle. If you are running the hole you don't need me to tell you how.

The standard route for those not messing with the hole is to hug the river right bank. This will lead you to a slide that's about 10 feet tall. Bang down the slide and from there choose one of the many routes down the rest of the rapid. The slide dries up at levels below about 1.1. At levels over 3 feet the hole at the base of the slide starts to get really mean, but another route opens up.

At levels above 3 feet the slide on river left at Woodall starts to open up. This is a great ride!! At levels below two feet this channel is totally dry. The channel is to the left of the center rock shelf most people scout Woodall from. On river left at Woodall is a trail to a Forest Service parking lot.

The playspot above 7 foot (Class III+, Mile 2.2)
Below Woodall are a couple of class 2-3 rapids that start getting bigger and bigger as the banks start to close in. The final one is a nice riverwide ledge hole with eddies on both sides. This is one of the better playspots on the river!

7 Foot Falls (Class IV, Mile 2.3)

7 Foot Falls

7 Foot Falls
Photo of Michiganrafter experiencing the South by Wildwater taken 03/02/01 @ 1.2 ft

Run the right side of the fold in the current. Stay out of the mildly undercut river left wall. If you run the left tongue you may find alligator rock....a known boat breaker.

Beaver Skull (Class II+, Mile 2.8)
A small rapid with some nice waves and a big boulder in the middle. The right notch is undercut, but good practice for tight creek moves. The left side has a nice wave up against a minor undercut. You'll be able to see Stekoa Creek coming in below this rapid on the right.

Stekoa Creek Rapid (Class III+, Mile 3.0)

(RM) Stekoa Creek Slide

(RM) Stekoa Creek Slide
Photo of Doug Warwick by Rob Maxwell @ .66 bridge .98 USGS

A long shoal type rapid with multiple routes. Most people start by running down river right over a small slide, then heading back toward river left. There are some good surf waves toward the bottom of the rapid

Long Creek Falls Rapid and Playspot (Class III, Mile 3.5)

long creek falls

long creek falls

Just below long creek falls on river right is a nice playhole.

Deliverance Rock (Class III+, Mile 3.6)
Most people start from the top right, then eddy hop down. The river will eventually go around the left side of a house sized rock. The left side of the rock is mildly undercut. This rapid was seen several times in the film Deliverance. Every time the river goes over 6 feet a new tree gets deposited on top (20 feet up) of the rock. At flows above 4 feet one of the strongest holes on the river is found here.

Turtle Head Rock (Class II+, Mile 3.8)
Another playspot. This one is best above 1.7

Ravens Chute (Class III+, Mile 4.0)

(RM) Raven Chute - Standard Line

(RM) Raven Chute - Standard Line
Photo of Don Kinser by Rob Maxwell @ .66 bridge .98 USGS

Start about 3 feet off the left bank and go around the outside of the curler taking a hard right turn. Bang down the slide and eddy out at the bottom. There is a dangerous undercut in the middle of the ledge. A swimmer drowned in the undercut near the center boof line.

Tunnel of Love (Class II+, Mile 4.1)
Two boulders laying against each other that you can paddle under. There is a class 3 minus rapid just below this.

the rapid after Raven Chute (Class III, Mile 4.2)
Nice wave on the right, a boof in the middle, and a boof on the left. The left boof has been known to pin and eat boats.

Little Woodall (Class III+, Mile 4.5)
Slot move on the left, a slide on right and a really sticky hole in the middle. The hole doesn't look like much until you are trying to claw your way out of it. There is a great eddy line below the hole, its deep enough for slalom kayaks to do vertical stern squirts.

Camp Creek
If things are going bad there is an access point on river right where Camp Creek comes in. The trail to the parking area is similar in steepness to the trail at Woodall. Below Camp Creek is a moderate sized wave train before the river goes around a right hand bend leading into Five Falls.

Five Falls
Five Falls includes the rapids of Entrance, Corkscrew, Crack in the Rock, Jawbone and Sock-em-Dog. Coming around the corner from Camp Creek the gradient is going to pick up to close to 100 fpm for the next half mile. At flows above 2 feet the pools between these drops start getting small. Entrance and Corkscrew start to become one drop, same thing with Jawbone and the Dog. All the midstream rocks are undercut, in particular those in Crack, Jawbone and the Dog. Being out of control is a bad idea, being out of your boat is worse. So be careful.

Entrance (Class IV, Mile 5.1)

5 Falls Entrance

5 Falls Entrance
Photo of Tom by C. McLoughlin taken 05/11/02 @ 1.4 / bridge

The first of the Five Falls. The standard route is start in the eddy at the top on river left, then work down a bumpy shoal to an eddy on river right above a 10 foot wide slot. From there peel out and run the slot angled to the right to stay out of minor undercut, and punch the hole at the bottom. Corkscrew is about 25 yards below.

This is one of about 4 different ways to run this rapid. There are also a left line and two middle lines.

Corkscrew (Class IV+, Mile 5.1)

Corkscrew in a Jetti

Corkscrew in a Jetti
Photo of Peter Scholander by Todd (Toad) Smith taken 1991

At moderate flows enter from the center of the river, as things get higher there is a sneak entrance slot on river left. After that go around the holes on the left. The bottom hole likes to play with decked boats in the 1.2 to 1.9 range. After that try not to get plastered on the river left wall. Get swimmers to shore quickly due to Crack being just downstream.

Strangly enough, Corkscrew gets a little easier as it gets higher. Its most ornry about 1.7.

Crack in the Rock (Class IV, Mile 5.1)

(RM) Far Right Crack - Entrance

(RM) Far Right Crack - Entrance
Photo of Dan Guthrie by Rob Maxwell @ .66 bridge .98 USGS

An Important note about Crack in the Rock rapid.
Crack is one of the few rapids that changes on a regular basis because logs and rocks shift around in the sieve that forms this rapid and can massively change the height of the pool. All of the existing guidebooks in print still recommend right crack as the prefered route. This is no longer the case. A flood back around 1998 blew the original log out of the crack. Since then right crack has become an undercut boulder sieve. Boats and boaters have washed under the logs and rocks in right crack.

Right crack can still be run but look at the drop before a blind run. Left crack has killed numerous swimmers, right crack has had many close calls and one fatality.

Most boaters run thru middle crack. Left crack does get run on occasion, but is usually avoided.

The good news is that the rapid can be portaged on both banks.

Jawbone (Class IV+, Mile 5.1)

Britmale Runs Jawbone

Britmale Runs Jawbone
Photo of David Evans aka Britmale aka Two Boat Dave by Mark Neisler taken 07/15/01 @ 1.7

At flows below 1.8 start river right and punch into the eddy on river left. At flows above 1.8 you have a back door entrance down river left into the eddy. Peel out of the big river left eddy, go around the curler, stay out of decap (the first undercut on the right) and either eddy out above Hydroelectric Rock (also undercut) or continue on around it, punching a pretty solid hole. Jawbone is kinda scary with all the undercuts.  Keep in mind that if you eddy out above Hydroelectric Rock you need to aggressively cross the eddy line before running the left side drop of Hydro.  Blowing this move can lead to being sucked in to Hydro.

Sock em Dog (Class IV+, Mile 5.2)

The Dog

The Dog
Photo of Will Reeves by Bonzi taken 07/15/02 @ 1.8

About a 7 or 8 foot boof over a chunky hole. Pretty forgiving between about 1.2 and 1.5, pretty unforgiving above 1.8. Its been said that many modern rodeo moves were unintentionally invented in the hole at soc-em-dog. Above 1.5 the left side Puppy chute opens up. In the mid 2 foot range the large undercut rock in the middle gets covered with water. Supposedly the hole washes out around 5.5 feet.

Shoulderbone (Class IV, Mile 5.3)

(RM) Shoulder Bone from upstream

(RM) Shoulder Bone from upstream
Photo by Rob Maxwell @ .66 bridge .98 USGS

After the pool at sock-em-dog work back to river left. Shoulderbone rock will be be blocking the right side of the pool. Standard route is on the left side of the rock from left to right. The hole halfway down is pretty stiff above 1.6.

Running the slot on the right side of shoulderbone rock has been done but its a bad idea. The slot is undercut and usually full of wood. There are potholes or sieves in the base of the drop that have swallowed boats and boaters for uncomfortably long periods of time.

Quaalude (Class III, Mile 5.6)
The last playspot before the lake.

Lake Tugaloo
2 miles of flatwater. The colder the air temp, the harder the head wind. Be aware that the lake has been known to ice over in the winter. If this is the case, turn around and hike out at shoulderbone.

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