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At normal water levels between 2.5 and 5 feet on the USGA Carlton, Gage - this is a class II river. Containing 4 large shoals, each w/ 1 to 3 actual drops, the Broad River is a perfect place for wanting to experience easy whitewater or to use it as a place to practice whitewater techniques. There're plenty of places to learn to ferry, surf, peal outs, eddie turns etc.
At levels above the 5 foot level the river starts to change from rocky drops and turns into big waves and holes. The river changes into a class III-IV as the levels rise higher to flood stage.
One dangerous place is at the center drop at the 'waterfall' at levels around 6 foot and higher. This Keeper hydraulic gets meaner and meaner while looking very innocent.
Encourage respect for land owners along the river. Heavy traffic in hot weather caused upset neighbors due to littering and rude behavior.
Follow above directions but on SR 98 continue till SR 172 at 4 way stop. Left then follow to Roy Wood Rd immediately before river bridge. Go 1/2 mile following the river - parking lot / take-out is on left.
"A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Georgia" by S. Welander, B. Sehlinger and D. Otey
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