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Georgia whitewater, North Oconee River

Jackson county, Hurricane Shoals County Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     0.25 miles
  The Hurricane Shoals County Park section of North Oconee River is 0.25 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The put-in is not too far from Cornelia, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The wonderful Jackson County scenery and the playfulness
    of the water have people coming here. The Hurricane Shoals County Park section is the only paddling section along North Oconee River. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the
national average, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll  
find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Since you're here at North Oconee River why not have a look at Hurricane Shoal, and during your journey here you'll meet some people from Commerce for sure. North Oconee River generally gets a great deal of precipitation. The wettest month of the year is regularly March, that's the one that rains the most, and August is the month with the least moisture. All through the summer months highs here at North Oconee River reach the 80's, and the night is a bit colder of course, commonly in the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's, and after the sun is down during the winter temperatures at North Oconee River dip into the 20's.

North Oconee River, Hurricane Shoals County Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near North Oconee River.
 Whitewater Near North Oconee River:
Hudson River, Banks County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 2 miles long (Wilson Shoals WMA)
Nancy Town River, Banks County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Lake Russell to GA 105)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildewood Outfitters Sales, White County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chattahoochee River, Habersham/White/Hall County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 11 miles long (Duncan Bridge to Belton Bridge)
Little John Creek, Hall County, 20 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.3 miles long (Skitts Mountain Road to Chattahoochee)
Mossy Creek, Habersham/Hall County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.5 miles long (New Bridge Road to Chattahoochee River)
Flat Creek, Hall County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 2.1 miles long (GA 52 to Glades)
Chattahoochee River, White/Habersham/Hall County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (GA Route 115 to Duncan Bridge Road)
Little River - East Fork, Hall County, 22 miles away
      Class III+ - 2.5 miles long (GA 52 to Close to Lake Lanier)
Apalachee River, Morgan/ Oconee County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 0 miles long (High Shoals - Highway 186 to Price Mill)
 Ski Areas Near North Oconee River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 45 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 85 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near North Oconee River:
Travelodge Commerce GA Near Tanger Outlets Mall, Commerce , 6 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Commerce, Commerce , 6 miles away
Comfort Suites Commerce, Commerce , 6 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Commerce, GA, Commerce , 6 miles away
Red Roof Suites Commerce-Athens, Commerce , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Oconee River:
Commerce KOA Kampground, Commerce, 6 miles away
Lumber Jacks Camping Resort, Hawkinsville, 9 miles away
Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Area - Grant Mill Rd, Alto, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Oconee River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 56 miles away
Fort Yargo Recreation Area, Georgia , 19 miles away
Victoria Bryant State Park, Georgia , 26 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North Oconee River:
Scales Creek, Homer , 9 miles away
Sandy Creek Golf Course Eagle, Commerce , 10 miles away
Pine Hill Golf Course, Lula , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near North Oconee River
Crows Lake, Jackson , 7 miles away
Reservoir Six, Banks , 15 miles away
Nancy Town Lake, Habersham , 17 miles away

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