Past Meetup

Let's paddle Section 3 of the Chestatee, Copper Mine-->Hwy 52!

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We need over 200 cfs on the gage for this trip to happen.

The plan is to meet up at 0800 hours at The Outside World in Dawsonville, Georgia, and proceed to the river by convoy. We will then proceed to put-in at Copper Mine, and drop all gear. Then, onward to take-out at the Hwy 52 bridge, leave at least one vehicle, return to put-in and enjoy this 5+ mile run--that starts with the biggest drop.

For hardier souls, a camping component is planned--perhaps near put-in...

"The put-in can be either above or below Copper Mine rapid. For detailed information re. Copper Mine,

...Stay to the right of the island shortly below the rapid as the left channel is very shallow.

From Copper Mine to Highway 52, the gradient drops to 13 fpm. The scenery is still good, but the number of riverside residences is increasing. The section contains several Class I (including Three Islands, The Rock Gates, Big Sky and Oh, THAT Rock) and Class II rapids, including Blasted Rock Rapid, named for the sharp, dynamite-blasted rocks that form it. The rocks were used to build a long-collapsed dam that stood at the start of the rapid. Shortly below Blasted Rock Rapid is a working granite quarry on river right. Shortly after the quarry is Highway 52, a short but steep alternate put-in/take-out.

Below Highway 52, the gradient decreases again and the river becomes slower with only Class I rapids." Here is the link to the river description by AWA: , and here is the map to our meet up location:,-84.048199&z=13&t=m&hl=en-

US&gl=US&mapclient=embed&iwloc=lyrftr:m,2854007303599036458,34.347493,-84.04871399999999. Here is the link to the map within which is our run (Copper Mine off Long Branch to 52) : .

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