Cooper Creek Professional Reviews and Guides
"Cooper Creek runs though public land for most of its length and offers a good mix of both the easy and difficult brands of Georgia trout fishing. Cooper (often called Coopers) Creek is a tributary to the Toccoa River. Except the lowermost segment and one other small area, the creek flows over lands of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Cooper Creek provides something for everyone, no matter what style of trout fishing you prefer. The lower reaches of the stream around the two USDA Forest Service campgrounds can be very crowded angling, especially right after opening day and on summer weekends. This portion of the stream is heavily stocked. Farther up the creek, access becomes much more difficult and the crowds drop off dramatically. Both stocked and native trout are possible here. The small tributaries to Cooper Creek also provide trout fishing opportunities. These waters are small though, and fishing them can be hard work. Key species: rainbow trout, brown trout."
--Kevin Dallmier, Fishing Georgia (Falcon Guides).
"As you circle Cooper Creek Scenic Area, you may begin to wonder if there is a hill around every bend. Fortunately, none are too long and the wide forest road gives you plenty of room to maneuver. Highlights: Recreation and scenic area, small cascades, views, rolling hills"
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume III: A Guide to Mountain Biking in North Georgia (Milestone Press).
"Cooper Creek runs through pristine wilderness and is one of the most primitive small streams in the state. It is not easily traversed by canoe. Consider it an explorative run. The channel is small, tight, and sometimes overhung with knarled rhododendron limbs. It’s lovely. The narrow streambed also holds a fair number of deadfalls, forcing frequent portages. Allow plenty of time for that; you’ll need it. Scouting and portaging are possible at most major rapids. This run passes through a remote wilderness with no nearby road access. If you need to exit the creek before reaching your vehicle, a signi?cant hike will be in order. The hike gets easier after emerging from the rhododendron thickets that crowd the banks."
--Suzanne Welander and Bob Sehlinger, Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Part of the Cooper Creek Scenic Area, the Yellow Mountain Trail follows an old logging road through exceptional forest of old-growth trees, and its high point—just shy of 3000 feet—allow views into the wild heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Dropping down through rhododendron thickets, the trail crosses Bryant Creek in a ravine with towering pines and hemlocks. If you can, time your hike to cross this area in late afternoon when sunset bathes the forest floor in an orange glow."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
"The Cooper Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers 30,000 acres of forested mountain ridges within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The property is owned by the US Forest Service, but hunting and fishing are managed by the Georgia Department of Natu"
--Donald Pfitzer, Hiking Georgia (Falcon Guides).
"The Cooper Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers 30,000 acres of forested mountain ridges within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The property is owned by the US Forest Service, but hunting and fishing are managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. A portion of the WMA around the Cooper Creek Recreation Area campground is designated as the Cooper Creek Scenic Area."
--Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs, Hiking Georgia: Atlanta (Falcon Guides).
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