Runnable nearly all year, this section is swift with few obstuctions. The rapid occurs about .5 miles below the abandoned bridge halfway into the run. At low water there are two distinct sets of Class II drops. As the water level rises, the two drops merge into one ledge/wavetrain.
Downstream, just above the confluence with the Alapaha, look for Turket Creek entering on the right. At low levels this is a 12' waterfall into a beautiful grotto. At high levels (heavy local rains) this drop turns into a pretty radical Class III-IV creeky double drop.
Thanks to Dan Webb for this description.
Zooming in on the satellite view, one can almost make out something possibly resembling a ledge. At low/runnable flows, ther are two distinct ledges. At higher flows, they will run together into a wave train.
The two rapids are where electric lines cross the river and are marginal Class II rapids. The trip from SR 135 to the Alapaha only takes about 1.5 hours of easy paddling, so the trip may be less than 4.5 miles. This river has no USGS or other gauges, but the Alapaha, into which it flows and which it parallels, does. The correlation obviously has weakness since the Alapaha has a much larger drainage, but the rapids on the Alapahoochee will likely be uninteresting when the Alapaha gauge near Jennings is below 63.5'.
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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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