White Water Raft GA’s Chattooga River, Learn Basic Kayaking and Canoeing

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Southeastern Expeditions traces its origins as a white water rafting outfitter on the Chattooga River to the 1972 filming of the movie Deliverance. Southeastern co-founders Claude Terry and Doug Woodward were technical advisors and doubles for actors Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty in the film. After the completion of filming, Terry and Woodward bought the boating equipment that had been used in the making of the movie from Warner Brothers and went into business as outfitters on the river doing whitewater rafting Chattooga River style. They lay claim to being the oldest outfitter operating on the river. To read Doug Woodward’s fascinating essay on the filming of Deliverance, Click Here.

Whereas the other white water rafting outfitters operating on the Chattooga run trips on other rivers, Southeastern Expedition focuses all of its energies on the Chattooga.

Southeastern Expeditions Provides Different Types of Whitewater Experiences

  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing

White Water Rafting on the Chattooga River

Trips are available to all levels of boaters. No experience is required. Section 3 trips are designed for beginning rafters or families with small children. The Chattooga is a free flowing river (meaning that the level of water is not controlled by dam releases) and the difficulty and intensity of the rapids may vary depending on water level. The minimum age for Section 3 is 8 years, but the outfitter recommends that it is best suited for children 10 years old and up. Rafters must be able to walk a quarter-mile from the protected no-vehicles-allowed Wild and Scenic River boundary to the put-ins on the river. Whitewater rafting Chattooga River is a team effort and all guests must be able to participate fully in the paddling.

Boaters will encounter white water rapids known throughout the southeast including…

  • Bull Sluice
  • Woodall Shoals
  • The Narrows
  • Five Falls

View an interactive Chattooga River Map showing all of the named rapids on the river.

Whitewater Rafting Chattooga River Section 3 Trips

Raft through a variety of class 2 and 3 rapids culminating in Bull Sluice, one of the best-known rapids in the Southeast. Trips are designed for beginning or relatively inexperienced rafters and families.

Whitewater Rafting Chattooga River Section 4 Trips

Trips on section 4 are designed for more experienced and adventurous rafters. Rapids on this section include Five Falls and Sock’em Dog. This section of the river requires cooperation and teamwork on the part of all boaters. Minimum age for whitewater rafting Chattooga Section 4 is 12.

Combine Sections 3 and 4

Combined sections 3 and 4 on an overnight rafting and camping trip. Southeastern Expeditions provides all the camping gear and does all the cooking and cleanup.

Canoeing and Kayaking Clinics

Southeastern Expeditions provides challenging high-content instructional clinics for beginning boaters who want to learn basic paddling techniques and intermediate boaters who want to improve their paddling skills

Beginning Clinics

Learn basic paddle strokes including forward strokes, and sweep strokes. Learn how to read water, how to catch an eddy, peeling out and ferrying. Learn how to wet exit a kayak and, depending on your level of interest and experience, how to roll a kayak. Most students return for a second lesson on how to roll. Consolidate the instruction with practice on class 2 and 3 rapids.

Intermediate Clinic

Paddle more difficult whitewater including class 3 and 4 rapids. Continue to perfect paddling techniques.

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