Rafting the Chattooga, Georgia
Originating from the Whitesides Mountain the Chattooga River flows along the border between Georgia and North Carolina. The first Southeast river earning the designation of “Wild & Scenic”, the Chattooga offers some of the most picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of the country. Characterized by Class II to Class IV + rapids, the Chattooga River has something to offer rafters of different skill levels. While floating along the mild Class II rapids is the perfect vacation experience for families with young children, rafting along the more advanced Class IV+ waves is more suitable for experienced rafters looking for thrill and excitement.
Surrounded by the beautiful Sumter and Chattahoochee National Forests all around, the Chattooga is the longest undammed river in the southeastern part of the country.
A river free-flowing by nature, the water level on the river is determined primarily by the amount of rainfall received each year. Most of whitewater rafting trips on the Chattooga are held during the late spring and early summer months (usually from March to November) when the water level is usually the highest. While the more adventurous trips are held during these months, during the late summer and fall months, as the water level decreases, rafting trips held are also milder in nature.
No matter how inexperienced or skilled you are in the art of whitewater rafting, the Chattooga River offers different sections characterized by different levels of rapids. Characterized by mild rapids, the Section II of the Chattooga is ideal for those looking for a relaxing vacation complete with wildlife viewing and fishing activities. Extending approximately seven miles, the Section II drops about twelve feet per mile, thereby, offering you ample time to enjoy the scenic beauties you pass along.
Offering about twelve rapids in the Class III-IV range, the Section III of the River is, undoubtedly, the most popular part of the river. For those looking for exciting rafting experience, rapids like the Dicks Creek Ledge, Second Ledge, Painted Rock, the Narrows and Eye of the Needle form some of the best options. Characterized by five famous falls- Corkscrew, Entrance, Jawbone, Crack-in-the-Rock and Sock-Em Dog, the Section IV of Chattooga River is the most dangerous section of the Chattooga.