White Water Raft the Free-Flowing Chattooga River Through Mild to Wild Rapids

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Wildwater has been guiding white water rafting trips in the southeast since 1971. It guides on four rivers: the Chattooga River Rafting in Georgia, the Ocoee River in Tennessee, the Pigeon River in Tennessee, and the Nantahala River in North Carolina.

White Water rafting on the Chattooga River

The Chattooga is a free-flowing river meaning that there is no dam on the river from its headwaters in the mountains of North Carolina to where it flows into Lake Tugaloo between Georgia and South Carolina 57 miles later. The water level is determined by the amount of rainfall. The rapids vary significantly based on water level. In spring and early summer water is usually high and the rapids intense. In late summer and fall the water level is lower and the number and size of rapids reduced. View an interactive Chattooga River Map that shows all of the named rapids on the river.

Chattooga River Rafting on Section 4 White Water

If you are an experienced or adventurous rafter, this trip is for you. Boaters raft some of the most fabled rapids in the southeast including Five Falls where the river drops more than 75 feet in just a quarter mile while passing over around and through five different rapids – Entrance Rapid, Corkscrew, Crack in the Rock, Jawbone and Sock’em Dog. Chattooga River Rafting boaters are expected to work together as a team and participate in the paddling through this action-packed set of rapids.


  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Level: Strenuous. Previous white water experience recommended
  • Length Approximately 7 hours
  • Season: Early March through early November

Chattooga Section 3 White Water Rafting

Section 3 of Chattooga River Rafting is a less intense white water experience than Section 4 and is designed for beginning or intermediate rafters and families. At the end of the trip, however, it confronts Bull Sluice, one of the most famous rapids in the southeast with a drop of over 14 feet in two dramatic steps. In keeping with Forest Service requirements, rafters have the opportunity to scout the rapid before running it and deciding whether or not they want to take the plunge.


  • Minimum Age 8
  • Level: Moderate. No previous white water experience required
  • Length: Approximately 7 hours
  • Season: Early March through early November.

Chattooga Mini White Water Rafting

This is a half-day trip of Chattooga River Rafting for first-time rafters, families with young children or seniors. The trip includes an optional trip over Bull Sluice, a riverside snack and swimming in natural pools along the way.


  • Minimum Age: 8
  • Level: Mild to moderate. No previous white water experience required
  • Length: Approximately 4 hours
  • Season: Weekdays mid-March through mid-October.

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