Ran this today April 13th, 2020. After some rain chestatee spiked up to over 3000 cfs. By the time we got on the next day it had dropped a good bit and was still dropping. We drove above the recommended put in and got in another few hundred yards of pretty good class 2 rapids. The run was loaded with trees though. We probably portaged 7 or 8 times due to dead fall. Managed to limbo under a bunch of others. The best rapid is what im going to call "pinball" 3 or 3+. I'll post pictures of it. The most worth it section was along the road before the confluence with chestatee and after the forrest service area.
Ran this today with my fiance for an intro to creeking. Gauge reading for this when we were on was 1250 cfs and 3.75 ft. No gauge that I saw at the run. Most of the run was runnable wouldn't get on it much lower. Definitely, a place that can get a little choked with strainers so keep your eyes open. Fun little run.
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USGS gauge near Highway 52, east of Dahlonega. Streamkeeper is hoping to install a visual gauge, probably at Turner's Corner on the Chestatee River, .2 mile beyond Boggs Creek confluence.
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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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