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Difficulty II-III
Length 0.51 Miles
Flow Range 140 - 400 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 58.4 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/30/2006 3:00 pm

River Description

There are two sections of rapids on this run. The stream is created from the spill way of a small lake. The main drop from the lake is not runable, but the second drop is ok. On the river right after the spill way is a good class III drop.

After the first drop it is flat water for a good .45 miles and then a long class two shoal. If there is not ALOT of water on this shoal it will be very scrapey.

Big Sandy Creek is in a state park. There are some keep off signs next to the first drops. I don't think they would mind if someone were to kayak the bottom shoal, but the top is another story. If you are going to run the top drops, I would advise a quick run.

Directions: From Jackson, take HWY 23 southeast out of town. Right after 23 becomes four lanes take HWY 42 south (it is a right turn). Follow 42 until you cross Big Sandy Creek. The park entrance is on your right just after the creek.

Rapid Descriptions

Keep Out Signs

Class - Mile - 0
There are a few Keep Out signs at the top of Big Sandy Creek. The ranger's office is just on the other side of the parking lot.


Class - III+ Mile - 0.01
The first rapid is the best drop. It is located just below the lake. The main drop of the spill way is not runable, but the second is clean. Just after the spill way, on the river right, is a fun drop. At low water it is hard to get a boof. This can cause a minor pin at the bottom. The best run would be to boof and turn to the right.

Take-out Shoals

Class - II Mile - 0.5
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When the bridge comes into view, the last drop is just ahead. It is a very easy class I or II shoal. It is long and slow with many lines. Just take the line that has the most water. If it were to rain very hard, making the level very high, this shoal would probubly be fun.


Gage Descriptions

The gauge for this creek is linked to the Murder Creek gauge. If Murder Creek is between 140 and 400 it is running good.

Directions Description

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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!


Chris Jackson


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