Paddle a GA Spring Fed Creek with Crystal Clear Water and a Limestone Bottom

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Kayaking Spring Creek. Photo by ClubKayak.com

Exotic and beautiful Spring Creek is located in the southwestern corner of Georgia. Its flows are spring-fed and clear, revealing the creek’s interior habitat. With its headwaters in Clay and Calhoun Counties, the creek flows directly south into the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers at Lake Seminole. Its level of difficulty is Class I (+), with numerous deadfalls being the primary hazard to Spring Creek Georgia kayaking.

USGS and County Maps for Spring Creek Georgia Kayaking

Colquitt, Boykin, Bronson, Desser, Reynoldsville (USGS); Miller, Decatur (County)

Spring Creek Georgia Kayaking from US 27 to Smith Landing

TRIP SUMMARY

Class: I (+); Length: 27.9 miles; Time: 3 days; Gauge: Web; Level: 125 Cubic feet per second; Gradient: Less than 2 feet per mile; Scenery: A

DESCRIPTION

Spring Creek is runnable below US 27 in Miller County. Vastly different from other Coastal Plains streams in the state, Spring Creek is largely spring fed. When high water subsides following the spring rains, the water in the upper sections is crystal clear and reveals a beautiful array of underwater plant life, spring “boils,” and a bottom that is often solid limestone, sometimes pitted by erosion with jagged cutting edges. Fish and mollusks are plentiful and can be observed from a canoe. Cypress and other trees line the banks, which rise high from the stream, thereby eliminating much of the usual wet floodplain flora. Limestone outcroppings add to the wilderness beauty of the partially shaded stream, and small shoals and rocky shallows enliven Spring Creek Georgia kayaking. Pine and hardwood forests surround the water.

Spring Creek Georgia kayaking is intimate and diminutive until the lake pool is encountered near the Seaboard Coast Line rail crossing. From here the run remains interesting as the creek slowly widens to become the Lake Seminole Waterfowl Management Area. Except in the spring and in the lake pool of Lake Seminole, the water is too shallow for powerboat traffic but is perfect for paddle craft.

SHUTTLE

From nearby Bainbridge, take GA 253 west toward Lake Seminole. Before reading the lake, turn right onto GA 310, then left onto Smith Landing Road. The creek access (E) is at the end of the road. For upstream access, return to GA 310 and turn left. All other access points can be reached from this road, including US 84, Lane Bridge Road, CR 190, and US 27 (the northernmost put-in). Access is good at all points and becomes progressively more developed proceeding downriver.

GAUGE

The USGS Web site lists data for Spring Creek Georgia kayaking at Lane Bridge Road near Iron City. Runnable levels commence at 125 cfs; maximum level is flood stage. Spring Creek is usually runnable upstream of US 84 from November to June and all year below US 84.

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This Spring Creek Georgia kayaking guide is adapted from Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia by Suzanne Welander and Bob Sehlinger and published here in cooperation with Menasha Ridge Press. Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia covers thousands of miles of Georgia waterways from whitewater to wilderness swamps and everything in between. It’s an indispensable guide to anyone interested in paddling Georgia’s rivers and streams. Order directly from Menasha Ridge Press. See a comprehensive list of other Menasha outdoor publications indexed by title, author, category, and region.

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