Hatchet River North

Sylacauga, Alabama

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This section of Hatchet Creek is probably the best for canoeing. The optimum flow is between 500 and 600 cfs. At 300 we had to carry the canoe over rocks just a few times. Aside from that you can count on at least one long shoal around every bend. A lot of the fun comes from choosing a path heading into each shoal, then picking your way around the rocks. Being a seasonal creek the speed and depth of the Hatchet will vary, depending on the time of year you choose to run it. The greatest flow occurs in February, during which it averages 800 cfs. The rocks are not sharp, making it easier when you get stuck and have to exit your canoe (as always, however, be cautious—the large, smooth-faced rocks may be slippery). Several intermittent streams and a few larger streams flow into the Hatchet. If it’s fishing you like, bass are usually plentiful and may be had by casting your lure close to the banks. You’ll also see many species of birds, including wild turkeys.

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"This section of Hatchet Creek is probably the best for canoeing. The optimum flow is between 500 and 600 cfs. At 300 we had to carry the canoe over rocks just a few times. Aside from that you can count on at least one long shoal around every bend. A lot of the fun comes from choosing a path heading into each shoal, then picking your way around the rocks. Being a seasonal creek the speed and depth of the Hatchet will vary, depending on the time of year you choose to run it. The greatest flow occurs in February, during which it averages 800 cfs.

The rocks are not sharp, making it easier when you get stuck and have to exit your canoe (as always, however, be cautious—the large, smooth-faced rocks may be slippery). Several intermittent streams and a few larger streams flow into the Hatchet. If it’s fishing you like, bass are usually plentiful and may be had by casting your lure close to the banks. You’ll also see many species of birds, including wild turkeys."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sylacauga
Distance: 12.75
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best in winter and spring
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Holling, Rockford
Driving Directions: Directions to Hatchet River North

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May 2018