Wilks Creek Workday

Brook Trout Improvement Project

We will be building in-stream structures to improve brook trout habitat on Wilks Creek, a stream that flows into the upper Chattahoochee River. The lead chapter of the workday is Upper Chattahoochee Trout Unlimited and supporting chapters include the Rabun, Oconee River, Middle Georgia and Savannah River chapters of Trout Unlimited.

Project Details


I am sorry to announce, but out of an abundance of caution and regards to protect our partners and our employees, it is the USFS’ decision to postpone the Wilks Branch Workday scheduled for July 18th, 2020.  We do not have a rescheduling a date at this time, however, we would like to still work with the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter and supporting Rabun, Oconee River, Middle Georgia, and Savannah River chapters to find a time in the near future to still complete the work scheduled at Wilks Branch.  Along with my District Ranger, Ryan Foote, we waited until now to make the final decision trying to weigh ALL of the information regarding performing this work on the 18th at Wilks Branch hoping conditions and the current situation would change for the better so we could complete the work.  I feel the risk just does not outweigh the reward at this time, and I am hoping by postponing the workday we will be able to complete more structures on our workday that what was possible on the 18th.  If conditions do not change or get worse and we are forced to cancel the workday, we will re-evaluate the situation and plan next year’s work accordingly.

Again, I am truly sorry for the inconvenience this decision may have made on any of you,

David Vinson
Wildlife Biologist
Forest Service
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest


You must arrive at the assembly / large parking area at Unicoi Gap on GA Hwy 75 by 8:30 a.m. We can then get organized into the work area and begin working by 9:00 a.m. Our plan is to finish work by noon and enjoy boxed lunch at the assembly area.

What to Bring?

  • A mask, plus an extra just in case.
  • Work Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes
  • Water bottle
  • Wading boots or water shoes (leave your waders at home – this is a small stream, rarely over knee-deep), work gloves, and clothing you don’t mind getting wet and dirty as it is usually humid in the forest and we will get wet doing work in the stream.
  • Insect repellant and an Epi-Pen (if you need one) are a good idea. You will be required to wear a provided hard hat. There are all kinds of work to do on the stream from strenuous (carrying logs and driving rebar with a sledgehammer) to some requiring little effort (moving instream gravel or distributing water.)
  • Water will be provided at the job site, but it is always good to bring some with you.
  • An extra shirt and pants will make you more comfortable for lunch back at the assembly area and the drive home.

Unicoi Gap on GA Hwy 75 8:30 a.m.

Volunteer Signup Sheet

Volunteer Signup Sheet

The signup sheet is closed, please contact Ken Mock if you have questions.