Chattooga River

Paddle Faster….I hear banjo music! The Chatooga River is the star of the movie Deliverance. Classic linessuch as “You sure do have a pretty mouth” and “squeal like a pig” came out of this theatrical master piece. Being a wild and scenic river with a ¼ mile wilderness buffer on each side make paddlers feel like they are in the middle of the wild. The Chatooga is a free flowing river with no dams so it relies on rainfall for good flows. Being an old river whose rock lies perpepicular to the water flow, the Chatooga has been well carved by the flowing water creating many pot holes and under cuts.

The Chatooga River has something every level of boater. The character of the Chatooga is drop-pool, meaning after each rapid there is a calm, slow moving pool, allowing for a swim or collecting ones gear after a rapid. Section 1 offers up to class II whitewater and is ideal for tubing or beginner boaters. Section II is a great class II float. Section III & IV are both commercially rafted and marks where the intensity of the river picks up. Section III sees class II – IV whitewater and is very popular among rafters and kayakers. Section IV is a fantastic stretch of river seeing class II-IV+. The famous five falls, five class IV+ rapids back to back, live on this section and should be approached with care and scouting. Undercuts and potholes abound, never hesitate walking a rapid if you are unsure. After the whitewater paddlers get some good exercise paddling a mile across lake Tugaloo to the take out ramp.

River Information
  • Self issue private boater permit at put-ins
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Wildwater Ltd.
Long Creek, SC * Ducktown, TN * Bryson, NC * Pigeon Forge, TN
Wildwater Ltd. is a pioneer of Guided Rafting and Canopy Tour Adventures in the Southeastern United States. We will add fun and magic to your mountain adventure. We are committed to putting our 44+ years and three generations of experience to work for YOU! Every Wildwater raft has an experienced guide on all our Whitewater river trips. We raft the Chattooga, Ocoee, Nantahala and Pigeon Rivers in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Half Day, Full Day and Two Day trips available. We also can package ziplining and lodging into your vacation.
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