Snake - Banning Mill Road to Johns Mill

Snake, Georgia, US


Banning Mill Road to Johns Mill

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 50 fpm
Max Gradient 100 fpm

Snake Creek Falls

Snake Creek Falls
Photo of Jesse by Eddy Smalley taken 2005 @ 2.9ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02337500 250 - 5000 cfs II-III+ 00h54m 67.4 cfs (too low)

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.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-09-15 02:04:52


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 5 2010 (3147 days ago)
hcfd1211 (151669)
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
February 10 2010 (3231 days ago)
Jay DavisDetails
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.
April 2 2005 (5006 days ago)
We ran this creek at 3.4 feet with a small 2 person oar rigged raft. It was a good level.
October 5 2004 (5185 days ago)
Tim BanksDetails
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.
July 27 2004 (5255 days ago)
Tim BanksDetails
ActiveLife Adventures at Snake Creek Gorge will be outfitting trips down the creek and on the
Chattahoochee. or Http:/ will have
more info soon. The Dam is above the run and has kept water levels more stable so far.
February 2 2004 (5431 days ago)
Edwin SmalleyDetails
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.
June 19 2003 (5659 days 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.
August 15 2002 (5967 days ago)
Does anyone know if the reservoir was built above this run, or on top of it??

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