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Difficulty V
Length 0.75 Miles
Gauge CHESTATEE RIVER NEAR DAHLONEGA, GA
Flow Range 2000 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 55 minutes ago 382 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/18/2006 2:40 pm

River Description


The Falls stretch of Dicks Creek is a little under a mile of some roadside park & huck gnarr. You can see it all from the road. Rather than staying on the water for the 1.5 miles of flat water to the old campground, most folks take out and walk the nearby road back up to run again.

Park anywhere near the first gate (open except from January 1 to about March 15) on Dick's Creek Road, but don't block the road. Restrooms are available on a side road jus off Dick's Creek Road on the nonriver side.

The well-known Waters Creek Campground is now closed: USFS has turned it into a day use area. Parking on the river side of the road is gone, but parking is available down the short dirt road across Dick's Creek Road from the old campground.

Starts with a gnarly manky drop full of undercuts on all sides with a nasty undercut rock and a few nasty potholes tossed in marks the top of this stretch. Its also got a log stuffed in the center.

This is followed by a big slide in the bend in the road.

Then the big, 20-something foot vertical falls. Watch out for the piton on the right side, and the undercut on the left.

Then another slide.

Then a slide, with another piton on the right and an undercut on the left.

Then another big slide, less steep, but with a big rodeo type hole in the middle, and a strainer where you would want to roll if you just flushed out of the hole.

All of these drops have fast moving flatwater between them. All of them are roadside. All can be portaged. None of them are particularly clean. After the last slide its about 1.5 miles of flatwater to the big slide above Waters Creek Campground, so we made that a separate run.

DIRECTIONS: From Turners Corner, take Highway 19 west just over a half mile and turn onto Dick's Creek Road. (Look for the "Mt. Pisgah Church" sign.) This reach begins at the ranger station or at the gate just uphill of it.

Rapid Descriptions

First Rapid

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.1
Both sides are undercut. Strainer still lodged in the middle. Pothole on the topleft that looks like it goes to the center of the earth. The rock in the bottom of the photo makes a diagnol undercut ledge. Just an Ugly rapid. Dangerous.

Bottom drop of first rapid

Class - III Mile - 0.11
The slide on the right is a safe line to avoid an undercut sluice.

3rd Rapid. The waterfall

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.3

A 10 foot boof which lands directly on another 10 foot boof.   This rapid is similar to the middle line at Gravity on Overflow Creek.     When there is water, this is a great drop.   You have to link Boof, Land, and Boof extremely quickly.  This is a rewarding feeling when you nail both boofs.

Slide after the falls

Class - IV Mile - 0.5
Big slide with a big hole at the base. Last seen there were some strainers in the pool backing up the hole.

Comments

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11 years ago

The run isn't nearly as manky as the description makes is sound

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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.

Gage Descriptions

Visual: look for the Chestattee gauge to bounce over 2000 cfs. (New visual gauge at Turner's Corner hopefully coming soon.) Online gauge is many miled downstream on the Chestatee.<br><br>

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Directions Description


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