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.
6 months ago
by Brian and Maria Jacobson
Letters in opposition of paddling on the Chattooga from Paul Broun, Robin Hayes and J. Gresham Barrett - Congressional Representatives
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.
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West Fork photo taken from Over Run Bridge
Hyams @ Big Slide
Jill @ Big Slide
Bruce @ Dam Sluice
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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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