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Bear Creek

Big Panther Creek

Broad River

Corbin Creek

Overflow Creek


Wildcat Creek



Bear Creek, Cloudland Canyon


Stairway to Heaven

1st drop, Stairway to Heaven, Matt Stacy

2nd drop, Stairway to Heaven, Matt Stacy

3rd drop, Stairway to Heaven, Matt Stacy

?, Jeff West

Momentary Lapse of Reason, Barret Burke

Big Bang, Rob Howell

The last drop.

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Tallulah, 1st and 2nd weekend releases, Nov. 1998



Bob Miller, Bridal Veil


L'Eau d'Or (Ladore) or "Water of Gold" Falls, if only this one was below Hurricane.

Test video of John Mcrea surfing Amphitheater

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Broad River, near Athens, GA For a description see the American Whitewater Broad River page.  Also check out the Broad River Watershed Association, they help protect this remarkably beautiful and clean river. Below are photos and video of some very high water runs, at these levels the surfing and big water are the highlights.

At levels above 15 feet or so, large surf waves and holes abound, some have good eddies, many are caught on the fly. Roostertail rapid at the end is an incredible sight and fairly intimidating with large standing waves and holes.  At these levels, come with a bombproof roll or you will be looking for your boat in Augusta... At lower levels there is still some good surf spots, I just have not caught the river at these intermediate levels.


March 2003

First Wave, 20 feet on internet guage. Ashely Young in the curl.


John "Crusty" Mcrae gets on the bus.

Oh yea...

Truckstop hole, at dusk. Spencer and John.

Ashely hams it up in the hole.

Hydrographs. On the left, gage height in feet, on the right, cfs. The red arrows indicate when we made runs.

Peak flows from 1898 to 2002.

Video of the high water days (Quicktime, 26.4 Mbs). I am not sure which of the three runs the video is from. It is probably a montage of two or three of them. Thanks to Ashley Young for the footage.

September, 2004 After a priming rain by Charley followed by the torrential Ivan, we were treated to 10-11feet (put-in bridge gauge) on 9/17 and 8 1/2 feet on 9/18. Here are some highlight photos and some video of Roostertail on the 10-11 foot day. It might be a good idea to scout Roostertail, especially at these levels. There are several violent ledge holes verging on most potential lines and a resulting swim could have dire consequences as the gradient continues for at least a half a mile below Roostertail. There are more photos and video on the 2004 trips page.

Joe Attaway, First ledge wave with some wood. ~10-11 feet.

Alex and Joey Moore. ~10-11 feet.


Bobby Hartridge in Pipeline. ~10-11 feet.

Pipeline. ~10-11 feet.

Roostertail at 10-11 feet. Hero line is just right of the farthest left hammer. Try to avoid the hammers.

Top wave in roostertail closes out at ~8 feet.

Green line, our line that day at ~8 feet. Left of the big hole at the top and then slalom through the hammers.

Joey in Sweet Georgia Brown, just below Roostertail. ~ 8 ft.

Video of Joey Moore surfing Pipeline, Broad River, Ga, ~10-11 feet. (.wmv, 4.0 MB)

Video of Joey Moore and Joe Attaway, Roostertail, ~10-11 feet. (.wmv, 4.2 MB)

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Big Panther Creek (June 7, 2003)For a description see the American Whitewater BPC page.   Photos on the AW site.

Will Van De Berg Runs one of many tree slots at the top of the run.

A tricky drop resides below a class V slide. We did not run the slide that day due to wood.

John Mcrae in a fun multi-drop slide above Panther falls.

Drew Dekle heads into the first hydraulic...

and lines up for the next...

hydraulic in wait.

Will halfway down the slide.

Panther Creek Falls at the beginning of a heavy thunderstorm.

A beautiful 10-footer awaits the fortunate paddler. The storm compounded the darkness of the gorge. This is the bottom drop of "Combat", I believe.

This is the first drop of "Bootcamp" it looks intimidating but the line is easy: John shows the way.

Will at the top of Bootcamp.

Hitting the boof...

and going deep.

Drew Dekle lines up for an acquisition...

hits the boof..

receives the goods...

another happy customer.

This is the 2nd drop of "Bootcamp", at the level we did it, there was an eddy between the drops. At higher levels there is no stopping.

John at the bottom of Bootcamp.

Will gets his jam on in Bootcamp.

First part of a double drop.

Lets get out of this gorge, its getting late!

The falls immediately above BPC Falls, at low water.

Point of no return drop of BPC falls, at low water.

Looking downstream at main falls, possible line to the right?

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Corbin Creek (April 2, 2005) For a description see the American Whitewater Corbin Creek Page.

John Mcrae and I headed up one day to find something new to run and decided Corbin Creek looked like an interesting possibility. The topo maps indicated an ample watershed and suggested a steady 250 fpm gradient for the first two miles. We found the put-in and 5 miles, 4 hours and 600 vertical feet later, we climbed out at highway 17/75 with big smiles on our faces. It was a fairly epic day: driving wind and snow, freezing temperatures that played havoc with my digital camera, a raging hangover, multiple pins on logs, peering over each horizon line and around every corner for the 100 foot death falls (which never materialized), wrestling with rhododendron, and no shuttle set at the takeout. As we began the five mile hike back to the car, a hunter pulled up who was pretty certain but could not believe we had just run Corbin Creek. He gave us a ride back to the put-in, putting a cap on one of the sweetest days on the river ever. Here are a few pics that the camera managed to grab.

The put-in with snow falling.

John getting pumped.

First drop of Hair of the Dog

Second drop of Hair of the Dog

John heads down a multidrop slide below "Hair of the Dog".

One of many slides.

A log jam prevented running of this double drop.

An fast slide with a log to dodge.

Last large drop, "Squeezeplay". We portaged on the right.


Overflow Creek (June 8, 2003)For a description see the American Whitewater Overflow page.

John Mcrae in one of the first rapids.

I truly enjoy taking first-timers over Blind Falls. "Can we scout this, Alex?" "Nyet!"

John in Gravity.

Me in Gravity.

John in Singley's Falls.

Ashley Young in a nice boof...

John follows suit.

Ashely works his way through Marginal Monster.

Ashley in Marginal.

John makes the boof in Marginal.

Marginal, cont.

Another nice boof.

A flock of butterflies at Pinball.

John in the main channel of Pinball.

John at the bottom, he surfaced upright, eventually.

Ashley will attempt the rail slide at the last drop...

A well executed rail slide is a thing of beauty, however this was not.

It looks like I am on line, however...

I was a tad too far right, the result of which is seen in the next photo.


Wildcat Creek (October 28th, 2006)

Well, I did not really kayak this, rather bushyaked it. We had gotten alot of rain but not much had come up. Tallulah was running about 150 cfs. I had been curious about Wildcat as it was relatively close to home (Athens, GA), had an easy shuttle and a decent watershed. There are three sections. Upstream of a small campground is a minigorge that drops ~80 ft over a half mile or so. The drops are a series of bedrock slides and sluices, some of which are no wider than a kayak. The second section is a gorge that drops away from Wildcat Creek Road. You can hear but not see the creek from the road. This gorge drops nearly 300 ft in just over a mile. The third section is where the creek meets up with the road again and is a series of cascades, some of which are blocked by wood. I decided to put on above the second section to see if it was worthwhile as the first and third sections seemed to be. I feared that the second section would be blocked by significant downed trees and heavy rhododendron. But who knows, maybe not. To summarize, the second section has significant rhodo but which seems to be tolerable. There is some downed trees, but not a lot. The largest amount of wood was at the base of a 25 foot falls, which I tenatively named Deflection Falls. Removal of the wood might make the falls runnable but the line is tight and sketchy (see photo). The rest of the creek is a series of slides, slots and small boulder gardens, all of which would be runnable with a decent flow. The section, along with the first and second, seem to add up to a decent creek to run and is certainly on my list to do again. Judicious removal of rhodo branches in many of the drops could be prudent as the major hazard on this creek is having your eye poked out by a dead branch. The great thing is that after running the middle section, or all three sections for that matter, it is only a short walk back the car, so it is a perfect run if you are short on shuttle vehicles. See the AW page for more details on location and gradient by mile. Here are some photos from my bushyak expedition.

One of the slides in the first section

A sluice in the first section that pours into a mild undercut

A small slide in the second section

A weir just above the big falls

The top of Deflection Falls

Deflection Falls from the bottom

A slide below the falls

A tight slot that hopefully will open up with water

A 20 ft drop, tenatively named Gravity's little helper

Boof on right or slide on left.

A slide at the beginning of the third section



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2001 Alex Harvey