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Difficulty II-III
Length 0.75 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 520 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/31/2002 7:47 am

River Description

Based on info from Chuck Kirk.
Small, extremely fast creek with numerous holes and waves.

Patrick Dortch writes 2002-03-08 13:27:49
We did this in early March 2002. There is nothing class 4 about this. There's hardly anything class 3 about it. Maybe at VERY high levels it may push to a class 3 creek but when we did it, it was mostly some class 2 ledges and 1 drop that may turn into a class 3 at high flows. It would be a fun run for an intro to creeking but your time would be better spent on Anewakkee Creek.

Rapid Descriptions


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5 years ago

We did this run at 1400 cfs on Nov 26, 2014... There is room enough to park one truck at the putin behind the guardrail. At this level, the river is really low. We could still make our way down each rapid, but there was a lot of pushing off rocks instead of paddling. There were 5 or 6 rock garden rapids that could be a lot of fun at about 3000+ cfs. Also, there was a tree down across the entire river about halfway down the run... luckily, it was in flat water and we could get under it, but any higher and we would have had to portage. Felt and looked a lot like Snake Creek without the big drops.

Gage Descriptions

Look for Sweetwater Creek to be 1000 cfs and rising or locally heavy rains of 2 inches or more.

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!


Patrick Dortch


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