Difficulty I-II
Length 8 Miles
Gauge MIDDLE OCONEE RIVER NEAR ATHENS, GA
Flow Range 1.00 - 4.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 9.66 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/26/2019 1:21 am

River Description


This is another popular float in Athens. Keep an eye out for a pipe that crosses about a mile into the trip. The float seems very remote and is a great escape. About 2 miles below Simonton Bridge is the remnants of White's Dam, which was removed in 2018. There are now riffles where the dam once used to be. 

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Put in at Macon Hwy. As of Feb 2019 there is not a public access point and parking is along the road, upstream of the bridge, either on river right or left. From the upstream side of the bridge, carry down to the river and put in under the bridge.

Suggested takeout is river right, almost under the Barnett Shoals Road bridge. There are no designated parking areas so scout out the best spot. 

For a shorter trip, one can put in or takeout at Simonton Bridge Road. There is limited roadside parking on river left with a trail to the river on the upstream side of the bridge. 

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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, dies

12/13/2019
Charlie Walbridge

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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