Fun little creek in Athens. Starts off with a few small ledges. When you see a steel bridge the gradient picks up, dropping about 30 feet in the next 0.3 miles. After about 100 yards of shoals in this section, there is a horizon line. This is a double slide drop. Scout from river left. River left is on private property so act accordingly. Main line is river right though there are other good lines at higher flows.
The double drop is followed by a long flat section. Below the confluence with McNutts Creek, which comes in from the left, get ready to scout a dam that can be anywhere from 1 foot to 8 feet high. The dam can create a powerful low-head hydraulic. 2 boys fell in here and drowned in the hydraulic in the summer of 2018. There is an easy portage on river right. The dam is runnable but should be only done so with rescue gear set in position. Running this dam is not worth the risk unless you can comprehend how dangerous it is and are able to dissect where to run it.
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Put in at Daniels Bridge Road. There is room to park a couple of cars on river right, downstream side of the bridge. Cross the road to the upstream side of the bridge and walk to the creek on river right. This may be private property so act accordingly.
Takeout is after the dam, river right under the Macon Hwy bridge. Walk up to the road on a paved drainage ditch downstream of the bridge. It seems to be OK to park in the Mama's Boy parking lot.
Link to shuttle route on Google Maps
on Barber Creek @Daniels Bridge to Macon Hwy
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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, died on November 20th, 2019. He was 83. A microbiologist by training, Terry began paddling in the mid-1960's while a professor at Emory University. He took to whitewater readily, and it became an important focus of his life. In 1969 he met veteran paddler Doug Woodward, and in 1971 the two became the technical advisers for the movie “Deliverance.” Afterwards, Terry and Woodward purchased the rafts Warner Brothers used in filming and bought 19 acres near the river. This became Southeastern Expeditions, one of the Southeast’s first whitewater outposts on the Chattooga. In 1974, Terry took then-Gov. Jimmy Carter on three trips on the Chatooga River, totaling 57 miles. This inspired Carter to get the Chattooga included in the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and influenced later decisions protecting rivers across the U.S.“Terry adopted me as one of his students,” Carter told Outside Online in a 2017 interview. “it opened my eyes to the relationship between a human being and a wild river that I never had contemplated before that. When I got to be president I vetoed 16 different dam projects all over the United States.” Terry eventually quit his Emory University job and started full time career in environmental advocacy, including founding American Rivers, a principal U.S. conservation group. For the next 30 years he specialized in environmental projects involving rivers and wetlands and later, when he became a board-certified toxicologist, he developed an expertise in hazardous waste cleanups. He was an active paddler until sidelined by Parkinson's Disease. A passionate teacher and advocate, he is sorely missed by all who knew him. Click through for an excellent obituary and a photo of Terry taking Governor Carter over Bull Sluice!
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