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Difficulty II-III+
Length 3 Miles
Gauge SNAKE CREEK NEAR WHITESBURG, GA
Flow Range 250 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 33 minutes ago 93.6 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/15/2012 2:04 am

River Description


Local expert: Will Reeves,

Put-in elevations is about 875.
Take out is about about 740.

Most of the gradient occurs in a series of slides behind the Banning Mills. This run is also interesting in that you get to paddle through a broached dam. There are several segnificant rapids in this stretch


In 1990 Carroll County applied to build a 650 acre reservoir on Snake Creek. The Hill Seaton Reservoir Dam (Snake Creek Reservoir Dam) was completed in late 2001. Its safe to say that the reservoir will probably have a negative effect on the run.

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Tim Banks
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14 years ago

We had great runs on friday and sat after Ivan. The drop below broken horshoe dam and near the old carding mill had some pretty strong hydrolics. Its back to bounce on the rocks and drag on the gravel now. We were able to remove an old hot water heater that was blocking part of the low water run below horshoe dam.

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Tim Banks
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14 years ago

ActiveLife Adventures at Snake Creek Gorge will be outfitting trips down the creek and on the Chattahoochee. WWW.historicbanningmills.com or Http:/ActiveLifeAdventures.homestead.com/ will have more info soon. The Dam is above the run and has kept water levels more stable so far.

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BradR
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16 years ago

Does anyone know if the reservoir was built above this run, or on top of it??

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Jay Davis
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9 years ago

I paddled the Snake with a few other local paddlers this past Saturday. The creek was running at 450 CFS (I think this correlates to around 3.5 feet). I thought this was a good level, not too high, but high enough to remove scrape factor from the run. Be careful at the foot bridge it's a little tight. Watch out for strainers, and as you approach the mill rapid, be careful of the hole that forms on river left at the last ledge before the mill rapid. At this level, this run is just as fun as the Upper Hooch or Cartecay.

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KEN HENDERSON
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8 years ago

Ran this monday with the water a little above 1400 cfs! this flow seems to be way to dangerous unless u are expert and this is not me at all! was an exellent run all the way down to the old mill at this rate of flow it had to have been a class five there at the mill ... the hydrolic was very dangerous it held a friends boat there for about two hours . so anything over 600 cfs here i would scout it. also this was my first run here but i will be back it would be a great run anything above 200cfs.

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Edwin Smalley
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15 years ago

We ran snake back in the fall, I don't know where the reservoir went, but it's not on top of the run. The water was low, 2.1 as I recall, it would be better with 5 or six more inches. Look for the pipe on the upstream side of the takeout bridge, if it is under water it should be a fun ride.

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wreeves
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13 years ago

We ran this creek at 3.4 feet with a small 2 person oar rigged raft. It was a good level.

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BradR
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15 years ago

On June 18, 2003 a small lake above this run had it dam burst due to locally heavy rains. The gauge hit 3000 cfs. Thats probably some kind of record.

Gauge Description


There is a USGS gauge at the put-in bridge. You want to see a minimum of 2.7 feet, but the run can be done lower.

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