Toxaway River – 1968


The
Toxaway River rises in Western North Carolina and flows into South
Carolina, ending in Lake Keowee. Many of you have probably seen
Toxaway Falls along US 64 between Cashiers and Brevard. There are
numerous smaller falls lower down the river, some of which have great
sliding rocks. Further down the river, now under the waters of Lake
Keowee, was a section of the Toxaway that used to be paddled. I was
fortunate to have run this section once before it was dammed in the
early 1970′s. For those of you who missed this beautiful river, here
is a trip report by Claude Terry which appeared in the December, 1968
Newsletter. – Bronwyn Fowlkes, Historian

October
12, 1968 was a fine autumn day, perfect for a drive in the mountains.
Seven of our stalwart members drove to the N.C.-S.C. border to run
the Toxaway River before it goes under the backwaters of a dam. (One
group had a slight delay due to the problems of Bill Crawford, whose
car was “Mislaid”). The drive in to the river was through
an extensive forest, which was quite primeval. Despite the
remoteness of the river several groups of people were trout fishing
at the put-in.

The
first series of rapids begins almost immediately, with Devil’s Chute.
There are about four (depending on how one separates them) good
class 3 or 4 rapids, all of which can be portaged readily. Some of
our party had trouble with Devil’s Chute and wound up sharing
lunches. All part of the fun! The rest of the river is class 1 and
2, so most of our members could run the river if they portaged the
first couple of rapids.

The
Toxaway has to be one of the clearest streams in the country, with
the bottom either sand or pebbles and visible in several feet of
water. The gorge is pretty, with wildlife (beavers in particular)
abundant and apparent.

At
the end, one rounds a bend, and there are the scalped mountains in
preparation for the dam site. Enough to make a conservationist of
anyone! This river could possibly still be run next spring (1969),
and would make a good early run for most canoeists in our club.

Those
on this trip were: Roy and Roy Reid Adams, Bill Crawford, Aurelia and
John Kennedy, Claude Terry and Clyde Woolsey.

Claude
Terry
From the GCA Newsletter, December, 1968

Before The Eddy
Line had a name!