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Broad River in Georgia

Trip Overview

A scenic 6.5 mile section of the Broad River starting at SR 281 and ending 1/2 mile south of SR 172 on Roy Wood Rd.

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.


No facilities or accommodations en route


$1 donation encouraged to local land trust [] for access and or parking using Broad River Outpost facilities. Collection box is located at BRO parking lot.



From ATL go i85N to exit 149. South on US441 6 miles then left on SR 98. Left again on US 29N one mile then right at SR 281. The BRO is 4.5 miles on Left.

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.


Put-In private but available to public 7 days a week March thru October. Alternate put-in on right of way on east side of bridge. Alternate take-out just prior to BRO take-out at creek crossing. Rowdy crowd. BRO take-out is private and available year round.


US Environmental Protection Department

Broad River Outpost


Broad River Outpost has hand drawn William Neely style maps with blow ups of the 4 major shoals along with routes. $5

"A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Georgia" by S. Welander, B. Sehlinger and D. Otey

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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