Just paddled this section at a low level; Chestatee was running about 600 cfs. Cow pastures at put-in and take-out, but nice granite gorge in between them. Ran everything, but the first big one (V): first drop ok, but runs right into next drop, tight squeeze to mangy landing, had wood in the landing area, too.Did not run the last big one, more wood, in the main flow. Many trees bank to bank, several we had to carry around, most of those were in flat water. Definitely go back with more water; short drive from Atl.
First of all, "Yahoola resized" is deffinitely not on Yahoola Creek.
We paddled the Yahoola Monday morning--right after Godzilla at the beginning, there's a large tree down. We were already out of our boats (and you should be, too), so we went ahead and walked around the last part of the rapid. This wood is new--it wasn't in there a few weeks ago; the rapid is really fun without wood, though. There are a lot of new trees down, so watch out for them--most were avoidable, though.
I haven't run all the creek but I do paddle and I own the property starting at the bridge past the shoals (first small drops) as well. I am paddle friendly and would like to help anyway I can. I work at home so anyone who needs info on water levels or directions, etc...contact me. email@example.com or 706-864-0864
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Jennifer Morris, Baker Davenport(?) and I ran this 7-12-05. The level was about 2" above the concrete shelf on the river-left, downstream side of the bridge. I couldn't find the paint mark that is supposed to be optimal. There are some great rapids on this strech, unfortunately I'd say we only ran about half of them. The rest were clogged with wood. This run is a diamond in the rough. Frank, give me a call next time y'all go down there to clean out wood. I'm in the Dahlonega phone book.
A group of three paddlers successfully paddled the lower portion of the gorge in the Summer of 2003.The creek was choked with trees.<br />
Myself with two different groups has run the section three times.It takes at least three inches of rain to even make this run possible.
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First runnable drop in the gorge
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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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