Remember, any advice we give is just a guideline - only you can determine if water conditions are safe for you to wade. Always wear a wading belt with your waders and other useful accessories for safe wading include good wading boots and a wading staff. Here is a good article on safe wading courtesy of Orvis. Be careful!
Amicalola RiverAmicalola River
This gauge is useful for the Amicalola River Delayed Harvest Section. Reportedly, wading is best here with the gauge at 1'....wading isn't recommended at 1.5' and above.
The graphic below came from the Rabun TU newsletter, and was originally prepared by a consultant to the USFS for the boating regulations evaluation. This information seeks to correlate the gauges at Burrell's Ford and at Highway 76. Traditionally, we don't recommend wading and fishing at levels over 2' at the Highway 76 gauge unless you're an extremely experienced and cautious wader.
Chattahoochee RiverChattahoochee River in Helen
This gauge is right downtown in Helen. It's useful to see what the water temps are when things start heating up in June and throughout the summer. Lately it's been fun to watch the precipitation gauge!
Toccoa RiverToccoa River at Blue Ridge Dam
Toccoa River at DH
The first gauge here is good for the tailwater to see what the generation schedule predictions are. The second is useful for judging water conditions on the DH section of the Toccoa.
Contact Unicoi Outfitters:
P.O. Box 419
7280 S. Main Street
Helen, Georgia 30545
or by email.
Unicoi Outfitters is a permittee of the Chattahoochee-Oconee, Sumter, and Nantahala National Forests. See contact page for more information.