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Come raft the wild and scenic Chattooga River. Whether you’re searching for the rush of a raging river or the gently rocking of a canoe gliding across the lake, Rabun County is your launching pad for paddling fun. While there are kayak, canoe and boat rentals that let you explore the five nearby mountain lakes at a leisurely pace, it’s the whitewater rafting trips that draw more than 20,000 tourists each year with the promise of fun and adventure. The Chattooga River, classified as a national wild and scenic river in 1974, is one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast. Group rafting trips or individual canoe or kayaking trips promise wet thrills along the river’s class III, IV and V rapids.
Through the Appalachian foothills of the Chattahoochee River and Sumter National forests flows the “Wild and Scenic” Chattooga River. Rated one of the 10 best runs in the country, the Chattooga is blessed with stunning scenery and outstanding whitewater.
The Chattooga River is split into five sections, two of which are suitable for whitewater rafting. Find the outfitter to guide you through your whitewater adventure or just find the gear to create your own. Either way, memories of your paddling adventure will last a lifetime.
Chattooga River: General information about rafting, water levels, conservation. http://www.chattooga-river.net/
Chattooga Whitewater Shop: River shuttles, raft rentals, whitewater shop and pizza retaurant. http://www.chattoogawhitewatershop.com/
Southeastern Expeditions: Rafting on the nearby Chattooga River. Section IV has many rapids. Motor tow across 2 mile lake. Section III trip ideal for novices. Outpost 7 miles east of Clayton on Hwy. 76. Reservations. Discounts for Beechwood Inn Guests. (706)782-4331 or (800) 868-7238. http://www.southeasternexpeditions.com/chattooga.html
Nantahala Outdoor Center: Whitewater rafting on a choice of five rivers, including the nearby Chattooga River. Half-day, full-day, and overnight trips available. Levels II through IV. The Beechwood Inn offers discount coupons for you or your group when using NOC and staying at the Beechwood Inn. Mention code 205-B when making your reservation with NOC. (800)232-7238. http://www.noc.com/index.php/chattooga.html
Wildwater Ltd. Rafting Offers Beechwood Inn Guests 10% Discount. Just be sure to mention that you are a guest at the Beechwood Inn when making your reservation. Wildwater was the original Chattooga Outfitter in 1971. Their large facilities include 5 rafting trips daily, tubing, canoe or kayak instruction, shuttle service, ropes course, and group programs. All skill levels ages 7 and up. Canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and tubing along the Chattooga River and other nearby rivers. All your outdoor needs available at their retail store. (800)553-2715 or (706) 865-4451. http://www.wildwaterrafting.com/chattooga.html
Beechwood Inn is located only 7 miles from the mighty Chattooga River. Beechwood Inn offers the best lodging for your Chattooga River Rafting Trip.