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Difficulty I-II
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 2.00 - 7.20 FT
Flow Rate as of: 28 minutes ago 2.09 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/26/2019 1:41 am

River Description

This section is technically known as Section 1 of the Chattooga by the Forest Service. Most boaters refer to this section as the West Fork and refer to the Section of the East Fork of the Chattooga as Sections 1, 0, and 00.

The putin is below the Overflow Road Bridge and the takeout is the Highway 28 Access (putin for Section 2) on the main stem of the Chattooga about 1 mile below the confluence on river left. 

Alternative putins depending on water level are the campground and Warwoman Bridge.

Rapid Descriptions

Splash Dam

Class - II+ Mile - 0
It has rebar in it so try not to flip

Big Slide

Class - II+ Mile - 0.1


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Terri Abbott
8 months ago

Allyson Davis and I set out on 11.02.2019. Sunny, mid 60's and water level of 2.2 made for a nice leisurely paddle with only a few rapids. Easily seen river wide tree down below Campground put in, so we put in below it at OverFlow Bridge, and took trail to the right off the tiny parking area. Very short trail compared to normal Chattooga 1/4 mile trails.

Gage Descriptions

This is the gauge on the US 76 Bridge and is located about 15 miles downstream from this section of the river.

It will be low and scrapy at levels below 2 feet.

There is also a gauge on river right at Overflow Creek Bridge. Look for levels on this gauge to be over 1 foot.

Directions Description

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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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1213044 06/26/19 Brian and Maria Jacobson updated description
1213045 06/26/19 Brian and Maria Jacobson updated permit
1213043 06/26/19 Brian and Maria Jacobson updated description
1192379 09/30/02 Kevin Miller n/a