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Difficulty I(III)
Length 10 Miles
Gauge N/A
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Reach Info Last Updated 06/08/2019 9:02 pm

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Lazer has slides and shoals.
The stream is very pretty and remote. No gauge. In lieu of that, at the put-in bridge, I've measured down from a seam in the concrete bridge piling. Once the water was 24" below the seam while the Flint was near flood; another time it was 36" below the seam. Lazar's flow was ample but not big each of these times.  Considerable flatwater separates the rapids, of which there are mostly Is and a couple worthwhile IIs. The riverwide stairstep ledge near Coleoatchee Ck confluence is either a III or an impressive II. Swims could be long and lumpy but the routes are straight through and recovery (eventual) not a problem.

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Tom Welander
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16 years ago

The stream is very pretty and remote. No gauge. In lieu of that, at the put-in bridge, I've measured down from a seam in the concrete bridge piling. Once the water was 24" below the seam while the Flint was near flood; another time it was 36" below the seam. Lazar's flow was ample but not big each of these times. I typically don't bring a playboat here, regardless. Considerable flatwater separates the rapids, of which there are mostly Is and a couple worthwhile IIs. The riverwide stairstep ledge near Coleoatchee Ck confluence is usually regarded a III but when I've been there it seemed more like an impressive II. Swims could be long and lumpy but the routes are straight through and recovery (eventual) not a problem.

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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, dies

12/13/2019
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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1212784 06/08/19 Tom Welander updated stats
1212785 06/08/19 Tom Welander updated description