Edward Stockman. Paddled it on 5/4/09. Leave it for the fish people. Strainers everywhere. 20 plus portages.
Mike Lee and I ran the lower part of Cooper Creek at 3100cfs on the Toccoa gauge. We took the advice of the above comment and put on about 4 miles above the takeout. There was only one killer deadfall (had a close-call here due to the screaming current speed and lack of eddies). The creek was mostly waves, fast current and tree dodging. It was a pretty run but not worth a second trip. Best advice: as the last comment said, leave it to the fishing crowd.
December 2004. Many deadfalls, many carries, some hairy. Took a sum total of 4.5 hours, and two separate visits, to grope our way downstream from the top (FS 33 bridge) to the bridge above Mulkey Ck. C.G. Beautiful place. I'll concede it to the anglers.
The gauge is located about 10 miles downstream of the Cooper Creek confluence. The water in Cooper Creek might be gone by time the Toccoa at Dial gauge comes up.
To visually gauge the crek just drive down and look at the creek above the put-in.
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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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