This 3 mile section has a great mix of easy class II rapids and scenery with a few deep holes for swimming or fishing. Towards the end is a long shoals, just above the take-out bridge. This shoals requires some maneuvering and approaches class III in difficulty. The trickiest part, especially at lower water levels, is not getting stuck on rocks at the bottom of the shoals. On river left it is possible to hike up from Whitehall Road to scout the shoals.
Below the bridge a pipe crosses the river, which can clothes-line and capsize unwary boaters at certain levels.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
As of Feb 2019, it appears that a possible put-in point is at the North Oconee River Greenway Trailhead at the North Oconee Access Rd. Find a route to the river on river left.
Takeout on river left just upstream of Whitehall Rd bridge. There are a few parking spots on this side fo the road.
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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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