Outfitters Who Provide Paddling and Boating Experineces on the Chattahoochee River

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Float the Chattahoochee River in a variety of watercraft ranging from canoes, kayaks, and rafts, to a sternwheeler. Photo by Chattahoochee Nature Center

A Chattahoochee River float with one of these outfitters and guides provides paddling and boating experiences on the Chattahoochee River ranging from nature observation to whitewater thrills.

A Brief Introduction to the Chattahoochee River

Georgia has hundreds of rivers but the Chattahoochee is by far the best known. It begins in the North Georgia mountains a few hundred feet from the Appalachian Trail and by the time it reaches the mock-Alpine village of Helen 1,580 feet later, it is a canoeable stream. The North Georgia section of the river is an enjoyable paddling experience for beginners and experts alike. (Read Suzanne Welander’s paddling guide to the Chattahoochee). Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre impoundment of the river created by Buford Dam is one of the most popular recreation destinations in all of the Southeast attracting over seven million visitors a year. Below Buford Dam, there is good trout fishing. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area preserves scenic and recreational sites along a 48-mile stretch of the river in Atlanta. In 2012, this portion of the Chattahoochee became the first National Water Trail. Located at the Fall Line, the City of Columbus removed the dams that once blocked the river and created the most exciting stretch of urban whitewater in America. For a comprehensive overview of the river read Take a 3-Day Driving Tour of the Chattahoochee River from the Headwaters to Apalachicola Bay. The combination of Welander’s paddling guide and all or a portion of the driving tour will give you a thorough introduction to the Chattahoochee River.

The outfitters in the infographic below provide different types of paddling experiences on the river that range from laid back nature observation to exciting whitewater experiences.

Outfitters Who Provide Boating Experiences on the Chattahoochee

Chattahoochee Nature Center


Nature Observation Each trip is led by a Nature Center naturalist who knows the cultural and natural history of the river Trips are suitable for beginning and advanced paddlers. Minimum age is 6 1.5 hour classes to teach canoeing basics and help you perfect your paddling
Columbus White Water Express


Whitewater Rafting through Columbus Class II-IV whitewater on a 2.5-mile stretch of river The world’s longest urban whitewater rafting course Zip line across the Chattahoochee from Georgia to Alabama
Nantahala Outdoor Center


Float up to 8 miles of river through the National Recreation Area in Atlanta Trips and rentals for tubing, kayaking, SUP, and rafting The only outfitter located inside the national park Paddling school, swift water rescue, wilderness survival school, raft guide school
Shoot the Hooch


63-foot sternwheel paddleboat with 2 decks Up to 65 passengers cruise 1.5 hours between Morgan Falls Dam and Azalea Park in Roswell Located above the NRA, this is a little-used portion of the river Raft, canoe, kayak, tube and SUP boards for rent

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