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Difficulty I-III
Length 15 Miles
Flow Range 1.50 - 11.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.52 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/08/2015 2:10 am

River Description

This was our first time on this river and probably the most remote we've been in GA. Yep them Georgia mountains shore are beauteeful and this particular stream is an extra kewl treat. It was a delightful adventure as we had never scouted it before and put in with boats loaded with camping gear for the first time. All we knew was that it was purdy, fairly remote and that it was a class I/III creek. At 2.3ft there were only 2 or 3 rapids of any consequence and a coupla fun wave trains.

Did an overnighter on 3/18/01 and had and absolutly great time, cept for the flats at the end ... We had head winds all the way thru them. I would not have minded the flats much but the wind really made it a trudge. I can see where doing it as a day trip and ending up with headwinds after a 14-15 mile paddle would be a test of endurance.

We checked the gauge (USACOE) on the net Sat (3/18) and it was at 2.3. Sunday evening when we came back the gauge was at 1.9. Based on those readings and our experience with loaded down boats I would say that that those levels are just about the cutoff point the do T.Rock on OC1s loaded with camping gear. At the level we did it at many of the shallower areas were quite marginal and technical. You really really had to pick your lines well. All in all a beautiful and fun river especially after Talking Rock/Rapids (34.55919N/-84.63063W) where the rapids are fairly close throughout the run cept for the 3 mile flats at the end.

I have put up a website with pixs from this trip at:

At the bottom of the page the page containing the thumbnail images I have a link to another page I created containing an overall and a detailed road map showing the put-ins and take-outs.

Someone had mentioned a dirt road that one can take out before the flats. If anyone has any info on this take out please let me know.



* The "published" total length of this run is 18mi but I retraced the river on my mapping software and the distance I get from the put-in at hwy 136 to the Carter Lake Resevoir hwy 136 take out is 14.67mi.

Rapid Descriptions


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William Pierce
16 years ago

Hey all I made the run this last weekend(11/08/03-11/09/03)and had a rude awakening . All the sandbars that are decent for camping are gone due to a recent flash-flood. This also dumped tons of debris in the creek (i.e. trailers, sheet metal, small houses, and even cars) nothing major though. Also a lot of the land has been posted now due to some problems with poachers over the last winter. A lot of the people are VERY protective of their land so when camping tread lightly. We managed to find one small sandbar halfway down the run but at normal levels it will be underwater.

Gage Descriptions

The only gauge I used to know of was the Army Corps of Engi. at: There's a number you can call to get levels at 706-334-2906.

USGS has a brand new gauge at:

Many folks consider 1.5 to be the min level but after our trip on 3/18/01 (2.3-1.9) and my buds recent trip on 6/16/01 (1.7-1.5) I would say that anything below 1.8-1.9 up to up to 1.5 while still runnable would be real bony.

Directions Description

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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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