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Georgia whitewater, Yellow River

Highway 124 to Lake Jackson section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     37 miles
 
There is a lot of sediment in this river so the rocks are very slick,you will fall if you try to walk on the sediment covered rocks! The statement about always meeting someone from porterdale is true! Says Matt Coady

Putting in at Killian Hill Rd , the best white water is just down river from HWY 78 to the Yellow River Park.  Beyond the park is unknown territory. Says Tim Ray

Yellow river at Poterdale can get pretty tough after a good
    rain. Bring your A game! Says Hargrove

water from 124 to porterdale is about 3 feet average in the summertime. lots of fun. easy river. clean too. lots of fallen trees in the water, great wildlife, snakes, turtles
and fish. the dam in porterdale is easily passed adn the rapids following are verry shallow. email at coadydraven@yahoo.com with questions. Says patrick coady

The nature scenery of -blank- County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.
 
This stretch of Yellow River in Georgia is 37 miles long and is a class II(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Highway 124 to Lake Jackson section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Yellow River, Highway 124 to Lake Jackson road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Yellow River.
 Whitewater Near Yellow River:
South River, Newton/Henry County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 0.5 miles long (GA 81 to Snapping Shoals Creek)
Yellow River, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class II(III) - 37 miles long (Highway 124 to Lake Jackson)
Alcovy River, Newton County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (Factory Shoals)
Yellow River, Gwinnett/Dekalb County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Annistown Bridge to Highway 124)
Yellow River, Gwinnett County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Arnold Road to Annistown Bridge)
Alcovy River, Barrow/ Walton/ Newton County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (GA Route 81 to US 278)
Big Sandy Creek, Butts County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.51 miles long (Chief McIntosh Lake to GA 42)
Hard Labor Creek, Morgan County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Historic Brown Hill Church to Browning Shoals)
Towaliga River, Monroe County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III+(V) - 2 miles long (High Falls)
Apalachee River, Putnam/Baldwin County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 55.8 miles long (GA Route 81 to Oconee River)
 Ski Areas Near Yellow River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 90 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Yellow River:
Sandy's Highway 36 Marina, Jackson , 12 miles away
Martin's Marina, Monticello , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Yellow River:
Hampton Inn Conyers, Conyers , 4 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Conyers, Conyers , 4 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Conyers, GA, Conyers , 4 miles away
Courtyard Atlanta Conyers, Conyers , 4 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Conyers/Atlanta Area, Conyers , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellow River:
Salem Campground, Newton County, 0 miles away
Campwest Minster, Conyers, 9 miles away
Mount Bethel Campground, Henry County, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellow River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 34 miles away
Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon - GA , 52 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
Indian Springs State Park, Georgia , 20 miles away
High Falls State Park, Georgia , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellow River:
Oaks Course, Covington , 4 miles away
Indian Creek Golf Club, Covington , 8 miles away
Cedar Lake Golf, Loganville , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellow River
Hurst Lake, Rockdale , 9 miles away
Jackson Lake, Butts , 18 miles away

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