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Broad River: Bowens River Access to Cherokee Ford Recreation Area

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Broad River: Bowens River Access to Cherokee Ford Recreation Area

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: Class I , II
Length: 5.0 miles
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

An easy half-day trip, this river section is characterized by broad, wide channels, Class I and II rapids, and rural wooded scenery. Paddlers will cross under the iconic Broad River railroad bridge.

Access
Put in:
Bowens River Access and Parking Area
Access Details

This access includes a small parking area and dirt boat ramp, river-left along the channel from the upstream dam. A fishing area is located 2,000 feet north on Dravo Road next to the Hydro Plant and also includes a small parking area.

Take out:
Cherokee Ford Recreation Area
Access Details

Located river-right, above the Cherokee Falls Dam, this river access is next to the Cherokee Ford Recreation Area. At the end of Wolf Den Lane, there is a dirt clearing with easy access to the river from the river bank.

Trip Details

The Bowens River Access is along the channel from the upstream dam. Paddlers will put in at the dirt boat ramp and paddle 900 feet to the main channel of the Broad River. Immediately upon entering the main channel, paddlers will experience some slow Class I rapids. The iconic Broad River Railroad bridge is the 3rd bridge. The take-out (Cherokee Ford Recreation Area) is 1.25 miles after the 4th and last bridge. There are shoals and Class I-II rapids upon nearing the take out; paddlers should follow the right side of the river. If you reach an island in the center of the river, you've gone too far. If you reach the dam, there is another take out river-left upstream of the dam. 

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Comments (2)

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John Rector
Jul 24, 2019 1:29 pm EDT
As of June 2019 the gate at Wolf den In take out has been locked with no trespassing signs. You would have to drag kayaks a couple hondred yards to get them to the gate then lift them over the gate. Sad news
Thomas Constant
Jun 06, 2019 9:06 pm EDT
As of June 6 2019 the launch area is somewhat overgrown. Although the pathway has been cut the actual launch is covered in dirt, mud and weeds.
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Bowens River put-in
Looking south (Credit: Neil Rector)
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Parking - Dedicated Lot
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