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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.
The only gauge I used to know of was the Army Corps of Engi. at:
http://water.sam.usace.army.mil/rivbul.txt. 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.
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January 21, 2012
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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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