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Saugahatchee Creek in Alabama

Trip Overview

An amazing trip kayaking down the Saugahatchee all the way to the Tallapoosa River near Tallassee. We put in at the CR 65 bridge near Loachapoka around 2:00 P.M. and stopped for the night once we reached the Highway 49 bridge (this was around midnight...). Near the bridge there is a large sandy island where we camped for the night. If you make this trip with larger kayaks, be sure to paddle to the left side of the bridge as the "falls" on that side are not as big. We started again around 7:00 in the morning and had to take our kayaks to the other side of the island as the side we came down wasn't deep enough. We paddled all morning long until we reached the public access point near Yates Dam on the Tallapoosa River around 1:00 P.M. The trip in total was about 35 miles long.

Outfitting:

2 Ascend D10 Sit In kayaks. Brought food, water and camping gear.

Fees:

None

Directions:

There are several access points along the Saugahatchee, but we put in at Lee County Road 65. The bridge is on a dirt road but the road is maintained very well, so any type of vehicle can reach this access point. We ended our trip at the Yates Dam public access point maintained by Alabama Power, near Tallassee.

Resources:

We looked at Google Earth before we left.
  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip