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Difficulty II-III
Length 10.1 Miles
Flow Range 6.00 - 999.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 5.81 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/09/2019 7:07 pm

River Description

Put-in: Jacks River Trail parking lot located on the Jacks River 0.2 miles upstream of the Jacks/Conasauga confluence and immediately upstream of the FS bridge.
put-in lat: 34.9878
put-in long: -84.63326
put-in elevation: 986'
Primary take-out: along Ball Play Rd where it snugs up against the river at mile 9.1 of this run.
primary take-out lat: 35.01077
primary take-out long: -84.72195
primary take-out elevation: 775'
Alternate (preferred but unreliable) take-out at mile 6.3 (as in, 6.3 miles from the put-in) is on privately owned land that is undeveloped, not posted, and appears to get a healthy amount of respectful public trespass.  Access here is appealing because the corridor transitions here from USFS forest to private, developed land.  Also because the gradient peters out.
mile 6.3 take-out lat: 35.0044
mile 6.3 take-out long: -84.6940
mile 6.3 take-out elevation: 806'
There is a one-tenth-mile-long trail from the road to the m6.3 take-out. Limited shoulder parking and trailhead are located at lat/long: 35.0062,-84.6943.
Beautiful class II run through the Cherokee National Forest with exceptionally clean water draining out of the Cohutta Wilderness.
Looking at the gradient by mile [fpm: 38,34,30,27,23,20,16,12,9] you can see how it starts out with a bang and progressively flattens along the way.
For the first six miles, the river runs through undeveloped National Forest with an average gradient of 28fpm.  There are two significant rapids in the first mile and a half that merit a II+ rating for their overall drop and fairly technical maneuvering (or, rock banging...take your pick).  More Class I-II rapids occur frequently throughout the first six miles. Below that, the remaining three miles are comparatively flat (~10fpm) and populated with houses and farms.
Like its big sister, the Upper Conasauga, this section doesn't run often. USGS 2384500 "CONASAUGA RIVER AT GA 286, NEAR ETON, GA" is the primary gauge but it leaves a lot to be desired.  It's located 24 miles downstream and lags this run by nearly half a day.  A sustained level of 5' is minimum.  6'--if it's sustained, not flashing--is good.  Typically, the Eton gauge has spiked to 12' or more prior to a day or two of boatable flows.
The bridge gauge (located 34.9746, 84.6449, one mile upstream of the put-in does a good job of indicating flows in the run. 0'4" is comfortably above minimum.  Also, just as with the Upper Conasauga, two other telemetry gauges in the watershed (2384540 USGS Mill Ck, 2385800 USGS Holly near Chatsworth) are important for judging when to go and when to stay home.  I look for Mill Ck to exceed 40cfs and Holly to exceed 100cfs.





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17 years ago

The directions listed are for the upper conasauga in georgia. This run is from that takeout on down.

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Barry Grimes
17 years ago

I found these directions in a post on

Re: Conasauga River Fans.
Date: Sep 26 2002, 12:45
From: simon2

The best way to get to the
Conasauga is Starting from Eton on
Hwy 411 go north about 8 miles until
you come to a store on the left called
Greg's General. Turn right on old hwy 2
and follow this road 4 or 5 miles until
you see a Game check in station on
the left a road turns off to the right.A
sign will say Murrays lake. When you
come to the next split in the road take a
right Chicken Coop Gap will be a pull
off on the left just past a very sharp
curve to the right. They will be a gated
road on the right. The take out will be
straight from the check in station until
you come to a big corn field and a
white house on the left. just pass the
house you will cross a small stream
and tile. This is the takout.

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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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1198217 09/27/10 mark cumnock added link
1208152 07/24/17 Paul Martzen Info from Tom Welander
1213247 07/09/19 Tom Welander updated stats
1213248 07/09/19 Tom Welander updated stats
1191529 09/01/01 Terry Smith n/a