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Difficulty II-III+(V)
Length 3.7 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 03/24/2019 3:41 pm

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Easy put in is below the 76 bridge. Room for a couple of cars there under the bridge.

Easy take out is at the Ridgeway boat ramp.   Easy and short shuttle. 

There is an intermediate put in, cuts out some flat water.   But the access is questionable and the no trespassing signs are plentiful.  You can figure that one out on your own.

There are also the park and huck options.   Hike .38 miles up the Tumbling waters trail, and run the last two big slides.   Or paddle up the lake to the bottom of the drops and hike up Tumbling waters from there.

There is a bridge over the final slide.  The bigger slide above has photo overlooks on both side of the river.  

Bring the creekboat, elbow pads, and the good helmet for the photo drops. 

To quote from the USACOE   "Carters Lake is one of the most scenic lakes in the southeast. Located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hunting

The lake is named after 19th century Georgia politician Farrish Carter Tate and is the deepest of Georgia's reservoir lakes. It has a surface area of 3,200 acres and has 62 miles of shoreline. The average depth of the lake is 200 feet with some parts reaching  more than 450 feet.

The lake is fed by the Coosawattee River that runs between Ellijay and Chatsworth. Carters Dam, the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi, was completed in 1977. Since then, it has been used to act as a watershed to control annual flooding and generate power."

Make you wonder what is under those waters. 






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1 year ago

Brooks road is a possible alternate put in that cuts out some flat water. Last checked there were no trespassing signs and the road was blocked, but it has been used.

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1 year ago

Chad Spangler The last 1.27mi drops 160ft...125fpm. With enough water that should be pretty good! The first 2 miles below 282 are around 60fpm and there is a lot of private property. I'd either be really stealthy or put on at a dirt road access about halfway down before the good part.

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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, dies

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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