NOTE: The online gauge above reads differently than the paddler's gauge on the US 76 Bridge. Most paddlers refer to the bridge gauge. The online gauge reads about .15 higher than the bridge gauge at 2 feet, about .25 higher below two feet and the same at about 2.8 feet.
It can be run down to .5 or even lower but is very scrapy.
Above 2.0' Five Falls starts to bump up to class 5.
It can certainly be run above 2.2', but only by experienced Section 4 paddlers. The Five Falls section gets much more difficult and dangerous at high water.
Highest known run was August 17, 1994 at something between 9 and 10 feet from below Woodall to the Lake. According to USGS the river peaked at 17,500 cfs. Participants included Russ Kulmar, John Lesan, "Snuffy" Hall, Kent Wiginton, and Richard Oldenquist.
|CHATTOOGA RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA|
|usgs-02177000||0.90 - 2.50 ft||II-IV+||00h27m||1.43 ft (running)|
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