After Sandy Bottoms the Toccoa has wilderness moments, but has numerous houses built on the left side of the river. Most of the rapids are suitable for newly trained paddlers, with the exception of “Party Rock” which flips canoes and kayaks with ease and regularity.

Access issues have been a problem at “Party Rock” rapid on river left, so be considerate and move along as quickly as possible. The property on river right is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Meaning that passage is legal. Please go out of your way to be help improve relations by picking up trash and not trespassing on river left.

Rapids include:
Anything Goes
Party Rock (34 47.462N, 84 16.553W) Elevation 1732
More Class II with unknown names
Big Freaking House

  • River Difficulty: Trained Beginner (Class I-II) – High water and low lake levels make this a (II-III)
  • Distance: 8.90 miles (Sandy Bottom to Persimmon Creek)
  • Avg Gradient: 15 fpm
  • Suggested Level: 400-800 CFS – TVA Gauge
  • Big Water/ Low Lake: 5′ standing waves occur with a lake level of 1656′ and a flow rate of 1200-1500 CFS
  • Lake Level (Full Pool): 1686′ At this level there is a +2 mile lake paddle to Persimmon Creek on river right.
  • Lake Level (Low): 1656′ – At this level the river flow stops just short of Persimmon Creek on river right.

River Information:

TVA Gauge Data: Click here

Put In / Take Out Location:

Put In:  34o 47.395’N, 84o 14.394’W  (Elevation 1788′)

Sandy Bottoms (River Right)unstarred
United States Forest Service river access point.

From Blue Ridge go south on Aska Road 8.5 miles. Turn left, go across Shallowford
Bridge, and turn right on Shallowford Bridge Road. Go 1.3 miles to Old
Dial Road. Turn right on Old Dial Road, go 0.6 miles to the Sandy Bottom
Canoe Take Out on right.

Take Out:  34o 48.422N, 84o 14.813W
Persimmon Creek (River Right)
From Sandy Bottoms, go North 1.5 miles on Old Dial Rd.

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Nearby Outfitters:

Toccoa Valley Campground




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