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Difficulty I(III)
Length 3.1 Miles
Gauge SOUTH RIVER AT KLONDIKE ROAD, NEAR LITHONIA, GA
Flow Range 150 - 4999 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 520 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/08/2019 8:40 pm

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This run's appeal comes from 1) proximity to Atlanta, 2) the surrounding terrain is beautifully forested, and 3) it has a really nice bike path shuttle.

The whitewater in this 3-mile-long run consists of Albert Shoals (III) and several class I ledges.  Albert Shoals is runnable above 200cfs and becomes fun at 300 or 400cfs.  The primary route starts on the far right side and works its way down through terraced ledges and chutes all the way to the far left.  It's quite satisfying, especially if you manage to avoid getting hung up on the moraine of junky rocks that litter the runout at the bottom.   Above 2,000 cfs, the speed of the current and the size of the holes to skirt bump the difficulty up a notch to III+/IV.  There's an established portage trail on river left.

The bike trail that parallels the river has two access points in the span of this reach.  Unfortunately the Klondike Rd put-in is not one of them.  The first bike trail access point is the De Castro Trailhead located 0.6 miles downstream of the Klondike Rd bridge and 0.2 miles downstream  of Albert Shoals.  The second is, thankfully, at the Ga 138/Stockbridge Hwy take-out (aka Lorraine Park).    In order to bike shuttle AND paddle Albert Shoals, start farther upstream at the Panola Shoals Trailhead.   Panola to Klondike is a similarly pretty six mile run, albeit flat.  More bike path info: https://pathfoundation.org/trails


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Albert Shoals

Class - III Mile - 0.4
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Albert Shoals is runnable above 200cfs and becomes fun at 300 or 400cfs.  The primary route starts on the far right side and works its way down through terraced ledges and chutes all the way to the far left.  It's quite satisfying, especially if you manage to avoid getting hung up on the moraine of junky rocks that litter the runout at the bottom.   Above 2,000 cfs, the speed of the current and the size of the holes to skirt bump the difficulty up a notch to III+/IV.

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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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1212782 06/08/19 Tom Welander updated description