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Difficulty I-II
Length 21 Miles
Flow Range 250 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 47 minutes ago 441 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/15/2012 7:21 pm

River Description

This section should not be confused with the fun whitewater run through the park downstream.  There are some rapids at the put in and a ledge or two during the run but most of this is a moving water paddleout.

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gary debacher
10 years ago

Has this section been confused with the well-known class 1-2 run from hwy 213 down to Factory Shoals Road? The section between 81 and 278 is known mainly for its swampy sections. I have never heard of rapids from those who have run this section, and on going over the topos and satellite photos, I see no indication of the kind of gradient that would produce class 2-3 rapids. Mainly evident on the satellite photos are many, many downed trees. I think we should get the hwy 213 to Factory Shoals run on the list and remove this one.

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tucker deloach
11 years ago

How is this streamteam verified. Theres no description at all.

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14 years ago is the guage site for this reach

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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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