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Difficulty IV
Length 2 Miles
Gauge CHESTATEE RIVER NEAR DAHLONEGA, GA
Flow Range 2000 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 8 hours ago 173 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/18/2006 2:32 pm

River Description


(Information from Robert Bridges of USFS/Chattahoochee National Forest.)

The lower section of Dick's Creek alternates between USFS and private property. Only the first half mile or so is visible from the Dick's Creek Road.

The familiar Waters Creek Campground is now gone, closed by USFS in favor of a day use area. Look for a grassy area on the right while traveling uphill on Dick's Creek Road. Parking is down the short dirt road across Dick's Creek Road from the old campground.

The fence beginning between the road and the river just upstream of the old campground creates an appearance of private property, but the river bank is in fact USFS property to just above the steep slide sequence/falls: a difficult-to-see red post in the foliage between road and river defines the actual boundary line.

The USFS property continues downriver a short distance from the old campground: look for a red post on the opposite side of Dick's Creek Road that defines that border. Do not use the old, closed steel bridge just off Dick's Creek Road: as the many signs indicate, it is on private property.

The big slide sequencefalls above the old campgound is followed some tight creeky drops, some rock gardens and some wood to be avoided. No information on the portion after the creek curves away from the road, but rumor has it there is a waterfall back there. The confluence of Blood Mountain Creek and Dick's Creek is also in this hidden portion of the run.

If you have information on the remainder of the run, please add to the "comments" below or email to the streamkeeper. If you're planning to run this reach, please let the streamkeeper know.

DIRECTIONS: From Turner's Corner, go west on Highway 19 just over a half mile to the turn onto Dick's Creek Road. Look for the "Mt. Pisgah Church" sign at the intersection.

Rapid Descriptions

Dunn's Falls

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A steep slide sequence/falls actually a little upstream of the old campground.

GAToR

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Go Around The Rock. As the river curves left just below the old campground, go to the right of the big rock in the right half of the flow. Stay close to the rock, turn left just beyond it and follow the chute from right to left.

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Rick Bellows
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13 years ago

Per USFS, the gate at the ranger station will be open for the season as of March 17.

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Rick Bellows
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13 years ago

New Streamkeeper: Rick Bellows, chestateer@yahoo.com.

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BradR
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16 years ago

I'd probably break this into three runs. Waters Campground to Turners Corner. The big drops above waters campground. Then then not as big section above that.

The big drops in the middle are worth a close look before you huck them. From the bottom, there are maybe three sketchy slides. One of them has a piton rock on the right, and an undercut on the left. Then there is a falls, about 22 or so feet. Above that is another big slide. At the top of this section, right by a large parking area, with a creek coming in on river right is the top drop. A very sketchy drop with undercuts and potholes everywhere.

The stretch above this looked like some standard creeking, tight and technical. Takes a bunch of water.

Gage Descriptions

Visual: look at the rock garden just upstream of the old bridge to the right of Dick's Creek Road. (New visual gauge at Turner's Corner hopefully coming soon.) Chestatee online gauge is many miles downriver: look for it to go over 2000 cfs.

Directions Description


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