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Difficulty II at this flow (II(III) normally)
Length 10.5 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 183 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/27/2015 9:47 pm

River Description

Rapid Descriptions


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Rick Bellows
14 years ago

Large fallen tree creates a river-wide hazard about 1/4 mile below Highway 52 bridge. Can be easily gone under at normal water levels, especially on the right, but could be dangerous at higher level.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge at GA 9.

Minimum is 0.9

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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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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205708 12/27/15 Tom Welander Corrected the mislabeled take-out.
1193583 10/09/03 Rick Parsons Trying to add a precipitation gauge
1196133 09/27/09 Rick Parsons removed bad gauge