Traveled: July 2005, during Hurricane Dennis
The first weekend I was in Helen, the water of the Chattahoochee seemed low, but it was very busy and lively. Soon after, Hurricane Dennis hit land and brought a lot of rain to Northern Georgia. The water in the 'Hooch increased dramatically. I went tubing with my mother and we had already read the posts written here on the website. So we were warned about the cold water, to wear shoes, and to buy a stick. However, we learned our lesson when we didn't use the advice. Please take notice now! We are here to let you know we **Strongly Reccomend** shoes and a stick. One other thing that helped us greatly was that we had gotten the large rubber band to tie our tubes together. If we hadn't, we wouldn't have traveled together! Be very careful after it has rained!! The current was extremely strong and several people got hurt. For instance, we learned (after tubing) that a young girl had broken her leg the day before and while we were leaving a woman had broken her arm. It's a lot of fun, but please be careful!
The company we used (the green tubes) charged us $5.00 and it didn't matter if it was the long or short route on the river. The place was very well managed and had showers, a gift shop, and food. They drove you to the drop off place and you ended in the Headquarters. The ticket also allowed entry at a stop at the Alpine Crest Resort Club of Helen, where they had a slide. However, getting off the river might be tricky if you lose the stop! So be careful!