Caught on Video: Kayaker Goes Over Little River Falls

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT)- Monday the Little River inside Little River Canyon set a record flow level with more than 11,000 cubic feet of water per second.   Tuesday one kayaker from Georgia decided to take advantage of the flow.

Jessica Childress from Atlanta captured cell phone video of Andrew Copeland of LaFayette, Georgia, going over the falls.

“I thought he was insane,” she told us.  “And, I also thought it was cool seeing him go over the falls.”

Copeland says he actually went over the falls twice.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in my boat,” he said.  “I just got home.  And I had to get on the water somewhere.”

Park Service officials tell us that it is legal to go over the falls, but it’s known as a suicide run.

“I’m always scared,” Copeland said.  “But you’ve just got to get over it.  Just do it.”

4 comments

  • sam

    Haha, people do this all the time. Hundreds of runs every year. Go out there any weekend the level is over 1200 cfs and you can watch them all day long. Also, the section of river (from the falls down to the lower 2 mile trail) is called the “suicide section” not just the falls being a suicide run. Also, the drop is class V at the most, definitely not VI. Can’t say I’m very surprised by the accuracy of the reporting. Looked like a good line though.

  • Roger

    Dang!! I thought this was Desoto Falls. People do this all the time there and I have done it myself 2 or 3 times in my daggar 8.1. Still impressive though.

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