Lawson Moore shared:
I would like to share some river information I have gathered on an Athens,Georgia park-and-play that is currently unlisted on your site. The South Fork of the Broad River, in Madison County, Georgia, just north of Athens, sports a respectable class-2+ (3) park-and-play spot. The run is located within WatsonMillBridge State Park. It contains one 15-foot slide, ledges, a technical class-2 rock garden, a couple decent waves, and many eddies left and right. I played this spot 12/30/07 and took a couple of photos I have attached for you guys.
Lat/longitude of the putin and takeout are rough guesses, to get the intrepid surfer literally into the ballpark. Note that at least one map shows a dam just downstream of the covered bridge. Don't be an idjit and run this thingie without scouting.
The specified rating for this reach: "II+(III)" ...is that intended to mean "Predominately class II+ with one or two class III rapids", or does it mean "It's a II+ or a III, I'm not certain."? It seems overly granular to characterize a park & play spot as having multiple sub-sections of varying difficulty.
Lawson Moore shared:
There is no gage on this river; however, The main branch of the Broad has many within the watershed. USGS station# 021192000 Broad River near Bell, Georgia read 6.58 feet or 1840 cfs when I was in the river. I would consider this a low runnable level.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Lat/longitude of the putin and takeout are rough guesses, to get the intrepid surfer literally into the ballpark. Note that at least one map lists a dam just downstream of the covered bridge. Don't be an idjit and run this thingie without scouting.
Click here for directions to Watson Mill Bridge State Park from Athens, GA.
South Fork Broad
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