Section runs from Lake Houser which requires a parking fee to the Broad River Greenway in Boiling Springs.
This section starts at the informal access at 221-A in Cliffside. It requires a portage at the Duke Power plant. Take out is at Lake Houser which has a parking fee.
The section consists of mostly Class I and II waters. Some experience is necessary to navigate this section safely. There are multiple rapids that require an accurate read to avoid tipping your boat. Skirts are recommended for kayakers.
About half dozen fun rapids and a other riffles in the first 2-3 miles. Best to have some river experience to run but since water is shallow, the injury risks are relatively small. Skirt needed if water levels high. Thereafter an easy float, with little navigational challenges. Water generally 3-4 feet deep.
Very nice float with almost no noticeable development and largely tree lined banks. No navigation trouble spots. A little hull scrapping on a couple of short riffles if water levels below normal. Trip time is 1 hour at normal water levels.
Beautiful trip with little noticeable development and largely tree lined banks. No navigation trouble spots though there are a large number of downed trees to maneuver around. A channel is open as of fall of 2013 after ROC volunteer crew took chain saw to five areas. Pass under Hwy. 108 bridge at about mile 5.5. Trip time is 4 hours at normal water levels.
40-50 ft wide and meandering with high banks and is mostly shaded class 1 rapids or less. Passes under one bridge at Union Road. As of May 2014 this section has one major tree obstacle about 2 thirds through the float. Trees have fallen crossing the river and have created a blockage. The tree is navigable through a narrow passage on the right side of the river. There is one rock ledge making a class 2 drop, long boats be weary. If the water is slow moving you will have plenty of time to stop and look. Portaging is easy if you can see the rock and walk over it. Overall this section is navigable, but use caution in low water.
The Green River enters from the right at mile 3. The river widens significantly thereafter. (See trip report below).
There is no official nor informal access at either bridge at this time.