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Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 100 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 382 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/26/2019 9:25 pm

River Description

Directly below the Hwy 186 bridge/dam, there are a series of small drops that lead to a large sliding drop of about 25-30' that ends in a big pool. The drop can reportedly be run on most sides although the launch pad in the center is preferable for nice boofs at higher water. Beware potential pitoning on rocks below surface on river right and left of launch pad (although open boaters have said they had no problems on these rocks, there could be a potential piton leading to injured legs in a kayak). 

[As of 2019 this access information may not be accurate: From the highway coming from Athens, turn on dirt road on left immediately before bridge and go to sandy beach below drop. Carry up on river left and enjoy.]  At higher flows some boaters have run the low head dam on far river left scraping against the river bank, but screwing this up could lead to a protracted surf (to say the least)- be careful in doing this. 

Minimum level should be considered around 350 cfs, but at this level it will be mighty scrapy. Better flows are from 500 or so and more. Around 2000-3000 cfs, boofs off thelaunch pad get really fun and lofty.

Below High Shoals the river is class I-II until Price Mill Shoals which is just upstream of the Hwy 186 Bridge. Price Mill is a straight-forward rapid but does have several large hydraulics to punch. 

Rapid Descriptions


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Chris Jackson
1 month ago

Looking for a paddling buddy or two in the Oconee County/Athens area. I get up to Chattooga a couple times a year, but I want to check out some of the closer options such as Apalachee, Barber Creek, and the Broad while we have such wonderfully wet conditions that most 'normal' folks seem so bent out of shape about! I can't find a personal message option on AW, but would like to meet up for some floats if anyone has any interest. I've got a raft and a yak.

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Alex Harvey
6 months ago

I have been paddling and researching the Appalachee for the last few years. I would like to restructure the 3 reaches currently listed in the AW database with 4 sections. These would be labeled 2-5 and would go from Treadwell Bridge Road (just above Hwy 78) to Hwy 278 at Lake Oconee. This would encompass 36 miles. The restructure will enable updates to be made concerning access, rapids, dams and the infamous swamp. Sections 0, 1 would be reserved for the upstream reaches I have not paddled yet. The restructuring would be done so as to preserve existing information (comments, etc) for the 3 sections already in place. If you have comments, suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

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Jason Gantt
2 years ago

Ran this section yesterday after the river peaked from Hurricane Irma. Put in above the Hwy 186 Bridge. Sneaked the far left side of the dam down to access the falls. Took out at Price Mill. No strainers or new deadfall in the river. Water level was 465 cfs. Video can be seen here:

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16 years ago

There is an alternative line on far river right that includes a vertical drop.
The drop is an actual class III move but has some rebar near the top.

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William Van De Berg
17 years ago

Posted to Boater Talk by Peter on 12/14/02:

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17 years ago

From Willdvb on boatertalk:
High Shoals is just a big slide with a nice launch pad in the center at proper flows. I have only run it at high flows, around 2000 and above, and at that level it is great, fun stoff above the drop to play in and then the big drop to hit. The main danger is that rocks below the surface on the river left of the launch pad that are easy to piton on if you are running it at too low of a level, leg breakers for sure. If in doubt, make sure you boof the launch pad in the center. Not sure about the slot on far right, never got over there to check it out but it may offer a creeky alternative, just gotta scope it out and make the call. To get there, go out 441 south from Athens and at the big gas station complex (handy Pantry perhaps), take the right and go til you are abotu to cross over the river, take the small dirt road on the left and follow to a sandy beach below the drop. Carry up the river left side of the drop and run it. Fun, fun, fun, but definitely a one hit wonder.

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Appalachee near Bostwick

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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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