YOU MUST GET PERMISSION FIRST BEFORE PADDLING
DO NOT RUN THE FIRST WATERFALL!!!! THE LAND TRUST WILL REVOKE OUR ACCESS IF WE ARE CAUGHT RUNNING THIS DROP!!!!
Don't be the guy to ruin access for everyone else.
NO KAYAKING ROCK CREEK ON THE FIRST AND LAST SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH!
Courtesy of www.waldensridgewhitewater.com
This is a CLASS V run with tough mandatory portages not for the weak hearted. This is not a road side run. This is not a Class IV run, it's hard , technical and manky. In some parts there are pools, but they don't last long, and swimming some parts might end a paddling careerFor years this run was illegal. How, you may ask? Well there are 2 mandatory portages on private land (the 1st one is a 100' drop onto rocks) so you cannot run this creek without tresspassing (and you are trespassing if they don't grant permission). So...
ASK PERMISSION AHEAD OF TIME!
GO WITH A SMALL CREW!
FOLLOW THE RULES!
If you want to do this the run, do the work to get in here. If you are good enough to be on this run you can track down the info from one of the local experts. Since the access is new, it is important for us to foster a good relationship with the Lula Lake Land Trust to gain access for everyone for years to come.
If you do run Rock Creek, park at the bridge on Lula Lake Road. Do Not park on Land Trust Property.
Don't be the guy to ruin access for everyone else.
It is our intent to self-police ourselves and show that paddlers can be trusted
and we can be great land stewards, even better than the hikers :)
The "unwritten rules" of Lula Lake: (These aren't meant to be broken)Courtesy of www.waldensridgewhitewater.com
1. YOU MUST GET PERMISSION FROM THE PARK RANGERS FIRST.
Without out it, go somewhere else and try another day.
2. YOU MUST HAVE A SMALL GROUP
More that six is too much.
3. HAVE A SET SHUTTLE.
Don't leave a car at the top. If you do, take the racks off and park away from
the gate and Land Trust.
4. DO NOT POACH THIS RUN.
5. IF YOU ARE GROUP BEHIND AND SEE A GROUP PUTTING ON BEFORE YOU EVEN IF YOU HAVE PERMISSION
GO TO (BEAR CREEK?) or somewhere else. , IT WILL BE THERE ANOTHER DAY. Remember discretion is our friend.
6. TAKE A MESH BAG AND HAUL TRASH OUT FOR THE RANGERS.
Take out an air bag, and grab all the plastic coke bottles you can.
Everyone in your group must do this. We can get trash that the Rangers can't.
7. TRY NOT TO PADDLE ON A DAY THAT IS OPEN TO THE DAY HIKERS, IF SO GET PERMISSION AND BE DISCREET.
We do not need to be the entertainment for the day. Discretion is our friend.
8. TO REPEAT YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION FIRST from the Rangers.
9 THIS A CLASS V RUN! Do you have the skills? This isn't a run to find out on. This isn't a run
to prove to your friends or yourself if you have what it takes.
10. At Lula Falls portage quickly and discreetly , place rocks back that the hikers displace.
11. Sign the waiver provided by the Park Rangers. Don't be that guy.
12. Once run, do not post on a blog or board the name or date of the run. Remember discression is
13. Get dressed at the take-out and perform a hot assault for your put-in. Get going!
14. Line up your permission days before the rain event not the day of. This is the day of the internet
and Weather Channel, you know if it's going to rain or not, plan it out and get permission beforehand.
It's better to get skunked on the rain then to show up unannounced.
15. If it gets out of hand , the Land trust Board of Directors can vote on us not being there.
And a valuable beautiful resource will taken away from us. PLEASE DO NOT BE THAT GUY! The
paddling community is a small one. No one wants that reputation.
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A while back, access was shut off the Rock Cr. I was looking for info on access now, and if it has been run recently. Anyone???
10 years ago
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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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