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Difficulty II(III)
Length 11 Miles
Gauge CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NEAR CORNELIA, GA
Flow Range 200 - 15000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 889 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/04/2005 7:48 pm

River Description


Due to the popularity of the "Upper Hooch" this run is often overlooked. The hooch continues with rapids similar to those found on the Upper Hooch till it is inundated by Lake Lanier. The run can be made shorter by using the access point at Heads Ferry on river left.

Belton bridge is the final takeout before the river is inundated by lake lanier. The next bridge downstream is Lula bridge, GA 52. Unless the lake is really low, the rapids end at Belton Bridge.

This stretch usually gets run as the paddle out from Mossy creek. From mossy down are probably 4 good class two ledges with some good surfing.


Directions:
Take Highway 365 (what I-985 becomes after Gainesville) to Belton Bridge Road. (Intersection is in Hall County near Lula - second intersection north of intersection of Highways 365 and 52). Belton Bridge Road will become Pea Ridge Road at the entrance to Belton Bridge Park. Stay on Pea Ridge Road 1/2 mile or so to bridge over Mud Creek. Take-out on the left, just before the bridge, and includes a small parking area.

To get to the put in, continue north on pea bridge road to Duncan Bridge road. Take a left on Duncan Bridge an go until you cross the river.

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Tom Welander
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6 months ago

Consider revising these two statements in the description: 1) "This stretch usually gets run as the paddle out from Mossy creek." Not any more; now, Mossy Ck paddlers take out at the public access at the confluence. 2) "The run can be made shorter by using the access point at Heads Ferry on river left." Not now. Heads Ferry is substantially posted by residents & not hospitable. Mossy Ck access is a fine alternative. Also, I agree with EZ that minimum flow is north of 200 cfs.

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Chad Kinsey
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6 years ago

Run this section from Wildwood to Heads Ferry 2 to 3 weekends a month spring through early fall. Funniest rapid on the river as far as running down it in my opinion is in this section. We call it the Jimmy Martin rapid as that is the homeowner on river left at the top of the rapid. Run it river right, but up against the rock outcropping in the middle of the river. Good long drop with a nice wave at the end. There is also a three way split about half way down. At low levels run the right channel. At higher levels run either middle or left. The left channel has the biggest drop at the end but the gauge at Wildwood needs to read at least 1.5 for this to be fun. The middle can be run at any level and is probably the best approach for beginners. A nice little drop. We run this section with any age group alone on sit on top kayaks. We have 8 year olds to 60 year olds run this section with us. Good fun to get your kids into kayaking or canoeing. My favorite section of the upper Hooch.

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gary debacher
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8 years ago

The board is calling this "lower runnable" at 200 cfs. More like upper walkable. That little water spread over this rather wide section is not going to make for a meaningful run.

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11 years ago

With water levels up a tad this will kick butt (mossy rocks really put the brakes on)so but be prepared to flat water paddle for about 2 miles @ the end of run

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12 years ago

Just below Duncan Bridge is a small, man made rapid that most people call the wave. At low levels, not much to talk about. At higher levels, I've seen people get stuck in it; could be a descent spot for a park and play. I go there to fish from time to time, and it looks pretty cool at higher levels. It is located at river left about 100 to 200 feet below the bridge.

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Rick Bellows
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14 years ago

Mike:

Take Highway 365 (what I-985 becomes after Gainesville) to Belton Bridge Road. (Intersection is in Hall County near Lula - second intersection north of intersection of Highways 365 and 52). Belton Bridge Road will become Pea Ridge Road at the entrance to Belton Bridge Park. Stay on Pea Ridge Road 1/2 mile or so to bridge over Mud Creek. Take-out on the left, just before the bridge, and includes a small parking area.

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Rick Bellows
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14 years ago

Quite a bit of new deadfall between Mossy Creek and Little John Creek confluences - especially river left - but easily avoided. Also some apparent new (Hurridcane Katrina related?)tornado damage at Mud Creek confluence, but does not affect flow, only view.

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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, dies

12/13/2019
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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