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Difficulty I(III) at this flow (I(III) normally)
Length 4.7 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 2250 [CFS] ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/07/2014 3:51 am

River Description

As a fall-line river, this stream is mostly flat but has a few punctuated ledges, slides, and rock gardens.

Rapid Descriptions


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Tom Welander
6 years ago

The river drops about 20' over the entire section. Half of that drop occurs at The Shoals...the rapid just above the take-out. It might be proper to describe these falls as a park and play rapid. Two sets of islands divide the falls into three channels; the far right channel is gradual and a good choice. Overall, this section is a beautiful smoothwater run relatively clear of deadfall. Minimum 10'/300cfs at the USGS Ga 88 near Grange gauge (which is 30 river miles downstream). It probably starts to get good for cruising or camping somewhere between 400 and 500 cfs. --tw

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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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