Nottely River: GA 180 to US 76 (Nottely Lake)

Blairsville Georgia Whitewater Kayaking Routes

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The Nottely River is a hospitable, small stream with its headwaters high in the mountains of Union County southeast of Blairsville. It flows northwestward across the county and is the major source stream for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Nottely Lake. Vistas of mountain farmland on both sides of the river frequently give way to houses and businesses located near and sometimes almost in the river. Most of the river’s mild rapids are located in the first 2 miles; the deepest woodlands are found in the final 2 miles above the lake. The river is named for an early Cherokee Indian settlement on the stream near the current Georgia–North Carolina border.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to Georgia

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to Georgia

by Suzanne Welander, Bob Sehlinger, & Don Otey (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Nottely River is a hospitable, small stream with its headwaters high in the mountains of Union County southeast of Blairsville. It flows northwestward across the county and is the major source stream for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Nottely Lake. Vistas of mountain farmland on both sides of the river frequently give way to houses and businesses located near and sometimes almost in the river. Most of the river’s mild rapids are located in the first 2 miles; the deepest woodlands are found in the final 2 miles above the lake. The river is named for an early Cherokee Indian settlement on the stream near the current Georgia–North Carolina border.

©   Suzanne Welander, Bob Sehlinger, & Don Otey/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Paddling
Nearby City: Blairsville
Length: 10.5
Skill Level: Class: I-II
Duration: 6 hours
Local Contacts: Chattahoochee National Forest
Local Maps: Coosa Bald, Mulky Gap, Blairsville, Nottely Dam (USGS); Union (County)
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