Cooper Creek, Georgia, US
USFS Route 33 to Mulky Creek Camp - Toccoa river trib.
||II-III (for normal flows)
Cooper CreekPhoto by Will Reeves
Toccoa near Dial
750 - 10000 cfs
Cooper Creek starts as a shallow forest stream with gravel bars and the occasional downed tree. For
the first few miles the primary excitement consists of small 1 foot or smaller rock ledges. The
most significant danger on Cooper Creek are the ever present risk of deadfalls. There is no good
access for the majority of the run so hiking off would be difficult.
After a mile or so Cooper Creek begins to pick up speed and the maximum gradient for the creek is
focused in one short section. There is a 16-foot sliding drop with the possibility of a big hole at
very high water. This rapid is not very difficult but Grunch the single largest ledge closely
follows it on the river. Grunch is a three-foot ledge with a possible pinning location on river
left. The rapid was named for the sound boats make when running the river left line and slamming
into the pinning rock. The river once again becomes an easy class II+ run with the occasional
rapid. Corner Pocket is probably the most notable rapid outside of the slide and Grunch. The river
becomes constricted and visibility is reduced possibly requiring a scout.
Below Corner Pocket the creek flows along for a few more miles and finally reaches road access
again. Most boaters continue down for another half mile in order to pick up some good ledges and
If you are interested in looking at exciting class V waterfalls head down the road from the takeout
and look at Sea creek falls.
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Last Updated: 2002-11-15 11:40:59