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Georgia whitewater, Broad River

Madison Elbert Oglethorpe county, US Route 281 to US Route 172 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     5.5 miles
Go with the BRO.  THis company has many years experience helping paddlers on the Broad River.  The owner, his kids and many of the staff are whitewater paddlers and share the love for this river.  Not just about the money ... Says Gabroadriver (see picture)

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Georgia is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nature
    scenery of Georgia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.
The starting location is a short drive from Athens-Clarke County, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. This stretch of Broad River in Madison / Elbert / Oglethorpe County is 5.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.  
There's camping available near Broad River. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the US Route 281 to US Route 172 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Watson Mill State Park is worth going to if you're at Broad River; people from Comer love to come here. Everybody loves Victoria Bryant State Park. Throughout the summertime here at Broad River, high temperatures typically reach the 80's, and the night is a bit chillier of course, generally in the 60's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 50's, and night lows at Broad River during the winter typically drop into the 20's.

Broad River, US Route 281 to US Route 172 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Broad River.
 Whitewater Near Broad River:
Skull Shoal Creek, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 0.56 miles long (Home Church Road to Broad River)
Broad River, Madison / Elbert / Oglethorpe County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.5 miles long (US Route 281 to US Route 172)
Rice Creek, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Victoria Bryant State Park to GA 145)
Big Clouds Creek, Oglethorpe County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.9 miles long (GA 22 to Watson Mill Bridge St. P Highway)
Shoal Creek, Hart County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 0.2 miles long (GA 77 to Lake Hartwell)
Rose Creek, Oconee County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.2 miles long (Elder Mill Road park and huck)
Snow River, Oconee County, 27 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Snow Creek Road to Lake Hartwell)
Coneross Creek, Oconee County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1 miles long (South Carolina 59 to Coneross Hydro Plant Park)
North Oconee River, Jackson County, 30 miles away
      Class III - 0.25 miles long (Hurricane Shoals County Park)
 Ski Areas Near Broad River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 49 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 93 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Broad River:
Harbor Light Marina South, Lavonia , 18 miles away
Hartwell Marina & Boat Sales, Hartwell , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Broad River:
Days Inn Royston, Royston , 7 miles away
Days Inn Lavonia, Lavonia , 16 miles away
Rodeway Inn Lavonia, Lavonia , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Lavonia, Lavonia , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites - Lavonia GA, Lavonia , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Broad River:
Victoria Bryant State Park, Royston, 8 miles away
Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Comer, 9 miles away
River's Edge, Dewy Rose, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Broad River:
Victoria Bryant State Park, Georgia , 9 miles away
Watson Mill State Park, Georgia , 9 miles away
Hart State Park, Georgia , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Broad River:
Highland Walk Golf Course, Royston , 8 miles away
Sunrise Golf Club, Colbert , 9 miles away
Cateechee Golf Club, Hartwell , 17 miles away

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