Re: Mountaintown Creek
Posted by Ken Bradshaw on August 22, 1997 at 17:11:38:
In Reply to: Re: Mountaintown Creek posted by Joe Webb on August 19, 1997 at 23:57:30:
> > On Sunday 8/17/97 I tried to find Mountaintown Creek. I was interested in the stretch above Hill's Lake but FS 90 to the lake was closed. In dispair I went back to Bear Creek camping area but was not sure how far it was to the lake and the legendary fishing above.
> > Thanks,
> I can't say that I am an expert on the area as I have only fished it once. I was using the directions from Jacob's book to find the stream and unless I just completely misunderstood, the directions, specifically the mileage outside of Ellijay, is not accurate.
> As for going in, the road before the campground entrance is actually a better route for both sections. I only exited this way so I am unsure of my path. There should be a road, unpaved, on your left at some point. As I recall, it would be the first road you will come to.
> Good luck,
> Joe Webb
Those of you who are interested in access to Mountaintown will be sorry to hear that the road to the lower end has been under pressure from the few residents there to close it off for private use.
In the past few months the county commissioners have allowed the owners to take control of the access because the Forest Service would not maintain the condition and the county is nearly broke, hence their inability to afford maintenance. There were 2 semi surprise county commission meetings which several of our Trout Unlimited chapters attended. Well, we made it to the first one. The second was advertised one full week after the meeting actually took place.
Unfortunately, this access point was the direct route to the area where TU has put in countless hours of stream renovation and structure installation. Also, the issue of closure is clouded by the state statutes regarding public access.
At this writing no one is sure of the future of the access but, if you are in the area and have any observations on the lower road, please post the info here.
Ken Bradshaw, Pres.