Paddle Atlanta's Wild South River

Time to paddle the wildest section of Atlanta's South River. Most of you have never paddled the South River much less know where it is. Well here is your chance. The section we will be paddling is from Klondike Road to Oglesby Bridge. This is an 8.7 mile trip with some rapids and the wild Albert Shoals. For those who choose not to paddle Albert Shoals we will either carry your boat around or paddle it through for you. Skirts are necessary and helmets are good ideas if they will make you feel more comfortable. Albert Shoals has a 3+ foot drop off if you want to paddle over it.

Obviously the river level depends on the rains but unless it is in flood stage some of us will be going.

Don't believe what you read about this river, the information is out of date. It is as clean as the Chattahoochee. I started paddling this river 8 years ago and spend a lot of time paddling and cleaning it up. It's fun, it's wild and it's scenic.

Bring a lunch, plenty to drink and a dry change of clothes.

We will be meeting at the McDonalds on Wesley Chapel Road at 8:30 for breakfast and punctually leave at 9:00am.

For answers to your questions or more information please contact the event organizer at[masked] or e-mail to [masked].

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  • Allen

    This was a blast, par for the course as Richards events go. I'd like to propose that we do "Albert's Shoals/Falls again SOON, while the water is high. No long paddling event to speak of, just repeatedly playing in Albert's Shoals... Then After being beaten up and warn out we hit Mabel's 5 STAR BBQ Restaurant!

    2 · August 28, 2013

    • Linda W.

      Sounds better than New Years on the Hooch!

      1 · August 29, 2013

    • Allen

      I gotta dry suit and if that allows a little water in I gotta wet suit underneath if needed. Between the two I'm either gonna be wet or dry but comfortable damn it! LOL About the only day I can do is Thursday of next week.

      August 29, 2013

  • Anne B.

    Man up...we all got bruises where bruises don't belong...it's called playing in the big boy/girl sandbox!!! Oh yeah!

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Steve H.

      ok ok, ok. Forget the granny panties remark. I'll restate it: "You women need to cinch up your thongs and we guys need to fasten our jock strap. (Better?)

      August 25, 2013

    • Margot S.

      Slight improvement........

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • Janerio M.

    I hurt all over.

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Steve H.

      You should. You took quite a beating.

      August 25, 2013

    • Margot S.

      I can believe it!! You seemed to be determined to tenderize yourself on those rocks and yet kept going back for more.

      August 25, 2013

  • Deborah

    I will miss another chance to meet the famous Steve in person ! Next time ,Steve!

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Come on Deb, it's infamous. lol

      August 23, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Deb, this would have tested you white water and survival skills. lol

      August 25, 2013

  • Richard G.

    What great weather for paddling! Who wrote the definition for shoals. Everyone on today's trip learned that all shoals are not alike. We paddled, we swam, we had rescue practice, we laughed, we talked and did I mentioned we swam. It was a ball and the spectators had as much watching as the brave ones who paddled the shoals. Great day. Suck up on the bumps and bruises, they come from playing with the big boys. Hopefully next time others will live on the edge and give Albert Shoals a try. Thanks to everyone for going. Wasn't the meal afterward was worth it all?

    2 · August 24, 2013

    • Margot S.

      Richard, yet another great and adventurous day of paddling with you guys!! One never knows what to expect on these trips you organize but they always have some form of excitement or new learning experience. Thank you for your planning, rescuing help etc!!

      2 · August 24, 2013

    • Steve H.

      I agree. It does take planning and work to put up the post and it can be exhausting "herding cats", no pun intended, all day. I know what to get you for a birthday present, 2 bones and some cole slaw. lol

      August 25, 2013

  • Linda W.

    It was a beautiful day! Thanks Richard for putting together. The company was great, the water refreshing, and the barbeque hit the spot afterwards. Can't wait to do it again! Can't wait to see the pictures either..... Bruises? What bruises?

    2 · August 24, 2013

  • Ben S.

    To Deborah and anyone else who wants to know about this section of the South River: It is normally quite clear and absolutely full of fish, After a good rain you will occasionally find several golf balls washed down to the shoals from the former golf course upstream. If you have ever been through Panola Mtn. Park, this is the same stream.

    August 22, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Deb, Let me know if one of your groups or anyone does a paddle on the Nanty or the Tuck. I would like to experience both of those rivers.

      August 23, 2013

    • Deborah

      Steve, I'll message you on Face book.

      August 23, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi Richard, I have not heard of this River so looked it up on AW site. The description is less than flattering. Have you read it? Have conditions on the river improved? I do note that many comments and descriptions on that site are very dated but thought I should ask.

    August 21, 2013

    • Linda W.

      Deborah, we've paddled this river several times a little further up from this point. Pictures available on the meetup site. It's actually one of my favorites and we've seen wildlife here much more often than on the metro hooch.

      1 · August 22, 2013

    • Richard G.

      The river is fine or I wouldn't invite this group to go!

      1 · August 22, 2013

  • Anne B.

    Hell yea

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Anne B.

    Hell yea

    August 22, 2013

  • Alicia R

    Other than Albert Shoals, what class rapids are on the rest of the river?
    And how far is it from Decatur?

    August 21, 2013

    • Richard G.

      Less than Class ii and 3 inches depending on which map you use. Obviously you didn't read the last paragraph on the meetup for this event!!!

      August 22, 2013

  • Ben S.

    Richard et al:
    Wish I could be there but my schedule won't allow it right now - maybe something will change. Albert Shoals can be difficult to pick a line through unless the water is right - but it looks like it should be. Last time we paddled that section some of our group used the powerline right-of-way on river-left to put in below the shoals. Putting in right below Klondike may be interesting since so much of the bank there is undercut with lots of mud. Have a great day on the river!

    August 21, 2013

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