About the Soque

The Soque River in Habersham County GA is uniquely contained entirely within the county boundaries and makes up the northernmost portion of the upper Chattahoochee watershed in northeast Georgia. Tributaries to the Soque River begin in the Tray Mountain Wilderness Area and form the Left and Right Fork Soque Rivers (aka west and east forks) as they descend into private agricultural land and farms in the Soque and Goshen Valleys in northern Habersham County.

The Left Fork Soque - Old Chimney Mountain Road

The Left Fork Soque – Old Chimney Mountain Road

The Left and Right Fork Soque Rivers merge just south of GA Hwy. 356 and north of unincorporated Batesville to form the Soque River, renowned as one of the finest trout streams in the southeast.

The Soque River - South of "The Dip" on Hwy. 197

The Soque River – South of “The Dip” on Hwy. 197

The Soque extends for approximately 30 miles through mostly private land alongside scenic State Hwy. 197 including through the heart of Clarkesville GA before finally emptying into the Chattahoochee River in the southwest corner of the county. Due to the fact that there is very little public access to the Soque River, private land with frontage on the Soque is highly desirable and is considered a good long term investment by just about anyone familiar with real estate values in the area.

The Soque River at Mark of the Potter

The Soque River at Mark of the Potter

Soque River property values have seen rapid appreciation in the last 10 years as the once “little known secret” of trophy trout fishing on the river has become widely known among trout fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Water temperatures on the upper Soque are ideal to support prolific numbers of trout while land owners and local trout fishing businesses insure that the river is re-stocked annually and the fish well fed to maintain their trophy size.

If you are looking for trout stream property in the northeast Georgia mountains, consider a home or lot on the Soque River for a primary or second home residence. Headwaters Realty is a great resource for researching, locating, and purchasing your Soque River property.

Call Dale Holmes, Owner/Broker for Headwaters Realty at 706-754-5101 if you want more information about river, lake, or mountain property in northeast Georgia.


About the Soque — 12 Comments

  1. Having read of the river in Garden and Gun Magazine I am wondering what a small lot by the area might cost and how small a cabin I could build on it.. or none at all?? Please let me know any prices of lots.. Thank you.. Terry

    I live here on Lanai..in Hawaii . where its my home.. and I saltwater fly fish here..

  2. My first trip pulled off along the right of road with fishing gear in hand and before we could get our dog and bait out of the car, were greeted by a man announcing Ted Turner was his boss and he owned the water and we couldn’t go fishing there it was private property. We have been fishing along the public area since, never catch much nice wading the cold waters as I have a rare skin condition and do not sweat, so the wading is good for me cools me naturally just what the Doctor’s ordered, since they have no cure for it , outside of going to Alaska, and beautiful, so beautiful does a body and soul good to just stop and wad aa bit, take a camera, you will be glad you did. Good Lord willing I will live there one day as it is so good for me! Enjoy the locals that want to talk with you, always impress me, makes me thankful they feel I am at one with them and nature, melding of the spirits, they are helpful, unlike the Turner guys that will run you off if you stop on their beautiful property.

    • This river may not have public ACCESS due to private property; but – I didn’t think anyone could own a river or part of one. Get into a one man fly fishing pontoon and go right down the middle of the river. Check w state of Ga. DNR. West Virginia Trout Fisherman

  3. I live in Habersham County and I called the DNR concerning the waterway issue. The DNR told me that in GA (at least up here) if a person owns both sides of a river they own the access. They also told me to be careful if I test that law because I will lose. There are very few public access points to the Soque River but that’s where I fish.

    • You are wrong. And at some point while floating you will come to a shoal or extremely shallow area. At said shoal or extremely shallow area you will touch bottom. At that point you are trespassing. To go further a person who owns the riverbed also controls what is done on said property. The Soque and upper section of the Toccoa river are considered non Navigatable and thus property owners own the river. The chatahoochee river below Buford dam would be an area considered Navigatable and is not owned by the property owners.


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