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Difficulty I-II
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 1.80 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.93 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/20/2009 1:01 pm

River Description

Min Recommended Flow: 1.8 ft.
Max Recommended Flow: 6.0 ft.

Visità2. Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road (Middle Cartecay)àfor more details.

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Amy Buttler
3 years ago

We ran the Cartecay on Sunday 5/16/2017. It was at 1.95 and it was fun. S turn as always threw me in the water but I cleared Blackberry Falls by going to the far right of the Rooster Tail. Only a handful of people were on the river so that made for a relaxing time in between the rapids. The trees were full with summer flowers and the water was not too cold.

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Richard Bronosky
7 years ago

I think they have the map wrong too. They have the Put In at lat 34.6522, long -84.3981 and the Take Out at lat 34.6917, long -84.4789 which is way off. Based on the description it should be more like 34.649700,-84.395100 to lat 34.6383, long -84.4087 as seen here:

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Edwin Smalley
16 years ago

Looks like most of these Pics are from the next section. The upper section is far easier than these Pics make it look to be.

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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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River Right and American Whitewater Acquire Cartecay Access

Jason Robertson

Bob and Lisa, the owners of River Right Outfitters, have come through with another super win for the paddling community. They have secured, with American Whitewater's help, a new put-in complete with bathrooms, a riverside campground, and, best of all, FREE ACCESS!

Mark Neisler


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1190264 02/21/07 Mark Neisler n/a
1194985 05/20/09 Mark Neisler