The Untamed Chattooga River
Born in springs and rivulets high on the south side of Whiteside Mountain, near Cashiers, NC, the Chattooga River flows some 50 miles south-southwest forming the border between Georgia and Oconee County, South Carolina, ending at Lake Tugaloo, dropping from 3,000 feet to 950 feet.
From there, water flows into the Tugaloo River, on into Lake Hartwell, joins with Lake Keowee and flows south to the ocean as the Savannah River.
The Chattooga has been designated a Wild and Scenic River since the early 1970’s when it was determined the Chattooga should be maintained in its natural state for the use and pleasure of current and future generations since there were so few beautiful, untouched rivers left, particularly in the Southeast. Under the management of the U.S. Forest Service, the area is strictly monitored and regulated to ensure its continuance as a place of natural beauty.
There are numerous ways to enjoy that natural beauty - rafting, hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding,
and hunting to name a few.
The Highway 28 Bridge is the northern boundary for rafting and floating; above the bridge is reserved for fisherman—rainbow and brown trout, and redeye bass are plentiful—hikers, campers and hunters—in season. Below the bridge is a 26-mile stretch of some of the best whitewater rafting available in the east. Rafters choose their own level of adventure with class 2, 3, 4 or 5 rapids available. Groups can raft the Chattooga on their own, but they must check in with the National Forestry Service first.
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