Re: Mountaintown Creek
Posted by M F Walsh on August 22, 1997 at 17:53:18:
In Reply to: Re: Mountaintown Creek posted by Ken Bradshaw on August 22, 1997 at 17:11:38:
> > > 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.
About 3 weeks ago I tried to get to Mountaintown creek and did not make it. Since I have never fished it before I could not find the road to the primative camping area. I tried walking in from Bear Creek camping area, lost the trail and found the dam. I was getting my bearings standing on the dam and was nearly attacked by a VERY ANGRY property owner who clearly has no good feelings for the forest service or TU. If you stray onto private property and want to get out without getting shot DO NOT tell the property owner you are a member of Trout Unlimited (I was POINTEDLY ASKED). I did eventually find evidence of an old logging road but it was quite overgrown and difficult to pass in several places. I may just be going at it wrong but access appears to be pretty difficult. Any better directions for safe access would be appreciated.