Calls is a tiny mountain creek that comes from somewhere in the North Georgia mountains, but got lost one day and is currently being fostered by an Oconee County neighborhood. Thanks to Wes Gentry for the initial beta. Calls is a tad over a boat length wide and populated with overhanging brush, significant drops and a couple large hydraulics making for an interesting trip. It ends at the Oconee, dropping about 35 feet in 0.7 miles (that is a whopping 50 feet/mile).
It takes at least 3-4 inches of rain to get going and must be run shortly after the rain ends. While being notorious for poor water quality due to sewage leaks and farm run-off, there have been efforts to reduce these issues. If it looks runnable at the put-in rapid just upstream of the bridge, it is good to go. If the water is clear, it has dropped out.
Calls Creek pairs nicely with Barber Creek, which if this is running, Barber will be on the high side of good. So run Calls first, stay in your gear, and jump on Barber.
Tell us about this gauge by leaving a comment.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Put-in is at the bridge on Hickory Hills Drive. There is some parking on river right. It is a neighborhood so act accordingly (pick up some litter while you are there).
Takeout is on river left side of the Oconee River. Ferry from river right to left, and take out just upstream of the Simonton Bridge Road. Parking is on either side of the road, in the right of way.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
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!
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!