My scheduled GCA Chattooga IV trip was changed to Dawson County ‘s Shoal Creek due to participant cancellations and heavy rain in the area through midday . Shoal Creek is a beautiful and lively class I-II stream which has gotten some attention recently due to some Dawson County officials wanting to inundate four miles of it for a reservoir. I have run it about 7 times since 1974 and consider it a delightful gem. It is not on the AW database, but I wrote up a 1/14/95 club trip there in April 1995’s Eddy Line. Our crew were solo open boaters Chuck Wilburn, Liph Johnson and I.
The gauge referred to is the new, USGS gauge, which reads .3 higher than the old staff gauge which the GCA (Allen Lewis) installed in the late 1970’s. Usually one would need a little more than this, but in this storm more rain fell in the Shoal Creek watershed than did in the Amicalola one just to its west. As you can see, a more detailed “Exploration” article on Shoal Creek can be found in the 4/95 Eddy Line, pp. 12-14.
August 21, 2010