Stekoa Creek, Georgia, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-V(V+) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||75 fpm|
|Max Gradient||250 fpm|
|CHATTOOGA RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA|
|usgs-02177000||2.00 - 10.00 ft||II-V(V+)||01h02m||1.84 ft (too low)|
Gradient: Mapping this out on Google Earth here is the Gradient I got for feet per mile-by-mile starting at Timber Bluff Road Bridge. 30, 55, 35, 75, 10, 80, and 200 feet in the last .60 miles before it drops into the Chattooga. I did this by using the path ruler on Google Earth and looking at the elevation by the mile. This is probably pretty accurate, but the next time I go down I will try to take a GPS to make sure.
The logical and easiest shuttle for this run is to put on at either Timber Bluff Road off of 76,
or at the pull off of East Wolf Creek Road where the river leaves the road, (putting on at the
pulloff on East Wolf Creek Road cuts out the first two mile of the run). The take out that
is the easiest to access if coming from Atlanta or Clayton would be to take out at Camp Creek
which is about 2 miles down the Chattooga from where Stekoa Creek flows in and is above the Five
Falls. The other Shuttle option is to use the standard Chattooga take-out for section four
which includes the infamous 2 mile lake paddle to the Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp. The Camp
Creek take-out is a parking lot on river right about two thirds of a mile off the river. The
trail is similar in length and steepness to the trail at Woodall Shoals. Using this option knocks
off about 30 miles of shuttle.
See also the Class-V Upper Stekoa.
Also if anyone has any information on the names of the rapids post them in the comment section and I will change them. I made them up from my 2 runs that I have done.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.3||Big Bend Rapid|
|3.3||Entrance to Taylor Shoals|
|3.4||Good Boogy Below Taylor Shoals Portage|
|5.3||Entrance Ledges to You Run It First|
|6.1||Double Boof or Die|
|6.2||Boof above Cave Rapid|
|6.3||1st Boof Below Cave|
|6.3||2nd Boof Below Cave|
Bridge that crosses creek on Timberbluff Rd. Find a good place to pull off the road completely and be discrete, all private property so be respectful of residents.
This is a put in that cuts out 2 miles of flatwater and only passes up 2 rapids. It is the bend in Wolf Creek Road where the road leaves the creek. There is a gage about a quarter mile upstream on the bridge. 1.0 feet is what I consider a minimum as it will be a little scrappy at that level.
This is the rapid right after the creek leaves wolf creek road. It is right around the corner. At low flows say below 1.6 feet on wolf creek bridge gage run the right side of the island. You can portage and scout on right. At higher flows you can run the more vertical left side. This rapid drops about 15-18 feet total. Class two boogy water afterwards till it gets flat again.
You will paddle by a field on the right side of a short flatwater section and as the river bends to the left you should start thinking about getting out, especially at high water. There are a few small ledges for about 50 yards before the big waterfall of Taylor Shoals. At low water you can run this entrance, but be careful and don't miss eddys. There is an ok portage trail on theleft for the waterfall.
Good fun class 3/4 boogy water after taylor shoals waterfall. This is just read and run, but there are some undercut to stay away from.
This is a very big waterfall that lands on rocks. Portage on Left. If you run it take pics so you can right the description.
After Taylor Shoals boogy water there is a long stretch of flatwater of maybe a mile or so in length that is broken up by a nice 8-10 foot ledge.
Some Ledges that are the entrance to a very big 40 foot waterfall that all lands on rocks. Be careful after coming out of long flatwater section and know you can make eddys. Portage on the right is not a good trail at all, don't know about left side.
Very big 40 or so foot waterfall that lands on a big rock shelf. Portage on right is hard, but doable. Don't know if left side is a better portage or not. If you run entrance ledges above this one don't miss the eddy.
We ran this one down the right side making it like a double drop slide, but maybe a possible line down the center. Pretty scrappy at top at low water. Drops about 30-40 feet total.
This rapid is not too big, but very dangerous. It has bad undercuts on the right side where you enter the rapid and then the current pushes bad to the left side of river to another undercut. There is a rock ledge here that you have to power over at low flows. There is also a bad undercut at the bottom of the rapid. Stay center as much as possible. You can portage on right.
This is another small rapid that is a double boof of about 3 and 4 feet, but it has a very bad undercut sieve on the left side.
This is a pretty nice boof above the cave rapid. The top part of the drop is about 4 feet with current feeding into undercut on right, then some current into a nice boof of about 6-8 feet. It kinda lands on rocks. There are sieves and undercuts everywhere. Eddy out just below cause Cave Rapid is just below.
This is about a 12 foot drop that is very nasty and dangerous. It is all undercut and sieved out. Most of the current goes into a cave with no escape. Fun to Risk factor is very low on this one. We portage and seal lonched off rock on the right, may be able to portage left but not sure.
Nice boof rapid of about 6-10 feet total. We ran a little right of center.
The secong nice boof below the cave rapid. Eddy out on the right to scout or portage pothole slide.
This is the slide you can see looking up from the chattooga. it is about 20 feet long slide that has bad undercut on the left. Run far right.