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Old 08-06-2011, 06:42   #1
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Chattahoochee River

Well it's that time again.... for the run down the Chattahoochee to the ocean.

Power boating down the Chattahoochee River to the Ocean: April 2009

We will be leaving from Highland boat ramp on Lake Eufaula on 6/22/2011 around daylight or so. We want to be at the lock when they open at 8:00am so that we can make the last lock in Seminole before it closes at 4:00pm. There are a couple of boats going now. I know it's short notice, but if anyone else wants to go (safety in numbers) let me know. You can email me at eddiej65 at hotmail dot com.

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Old 08-06-2011, 07:44   #2
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Re: Chattahoochee River

Hi Eddie,

I believe in 1972 (nearly 40 years dims the memory banks), a pal and I hiked the north Georgia mountains from a primary spring source for the Chattahoochee, then launched our canoes in thin water and paddled our way to the Gulf of Mexico; the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers converge near the Florida-Georgia border to flow into the Apalachicola River. It was an adventure and we did a tv documentary and newspaper articles about the river and the people we met along the way.

People were friendly, and because of the tv & newspaper coverage, many of them looked for us as we paddled south.

Lake Eufala (Walter George Reservoir) was like crossing an ocean for us, and I recall overnighting at a fish camp that hosted some big alligators where the river exited the southern end of the lake. The owners touted how their young grade school daughters swam with the alligators and we watched them do it. A few years later we heard that one of the girls was killed by an alligator.

I also remember some locks that provided quite an "elevator" ride. And the big black flies in Florida that ate us alive despite drowning ourselves in insect repellant.

Back then, the U.S. Corps of Engineers printed a book of aerial photographs that depicted the entire river route from Atlanta to the Gulf. Is anything like that still available? We relied on that book and road maps for navigation.

Have a great trip. I'll be sure to visit your site.

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Re: Chattahoochee River

It sounds like you had a grand adventure Roger.

I have seen the Chattahoochee river head also. It is on a mountain above Helen, Ga. and is marked by historical sign. By the bottom of the mountain it is deep enough for a canoe, although I'm sure that there are plenty of rapids and rock that you would have to port the canoe over.

We saw a couple of alligators on our last trip down, and one large enough that there is no way that I would camp on the bank, lol.

As far as the documentation, there is none now. That's why I documented our last trip in the blog. I searched and searched the internet but found no information available, as far as power boating that stretch of river was concerned. I was lucky to have a friend that has done this before and that had first hand knowledge of the trip. I created the blog for other wanting to do this trip and were searching for information.

It is a very beautiful ride and trip to remember.
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Re: Chattahoochee River

I used to live on the banks of the Chattahoochee north of Atlanta and in the summer the water snakes were very bad and dangerious if you were not watching they would come aboard the boat.
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Re: Chattahoochee River

Eddie,
Take all the water you need. Lanier is so high that my daughter's dock walkway wheels are up in the trees, above the rip-rap.
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Have fun going down the hooch!
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Re: Chattahoochee River

I have a 40 by 12 houseboat I sail along the gulf coast northwest of Tampa. I have done the Suwanee River up to Branford in it.

This sounds like a nice trip, is that river course, and locks, suitable for a boat like mine, I draw 20 inches, to go up that river to the lake?
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You would have no problem in that river system. That hole system from that Gulf to Columbus GA was set up for barges a lot bigger than your boat.
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Thanks!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, WestPointrus.
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