Loop 2: Station 10
From the 1950s until the early 1980s the main channel of the river flowed right through this location. Over a few short years, or possibly even with a single sudden event, the river channel found a path of less resistance and shifted 800 ft to the east. This may have happened due to a large log-jam, beaver damming activity, a large storm, or a combination of these factors. You can see segments of the old river channel through the trees here, now filled in with sediment and vegetation.
Throughout Lake Conestee there are many examples of these old cut-off channels or backwater sloughs. The largest of these are the Crescent Slough and the East Bay.
The river was here in 1979. Where did it go?
The river channel shifted abruptly in the early 1980s, to its current location, flowing southeast from the Reedy River bridge. Over decades and centuries, rivers meander over their floodplains, dissipating their energy and depositing their sediment load, always evolving.
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