White Water Rafting, Canoeing, and Kayaking Opportunities

Many people lack the equipment or skill needed to run the Chattooga River safely. Three companies are commercially licensed to operate on the Chattooga by the U.S. Forest Service.

These companies run scheduled trips using 4-6 person rubber rafts. They furnish guides, all equipment, transportation, and lunch for trips taking most of a day. Raft trip prices start around $40 and go to about $85, depending on the river section and the day of the week. Weekend reservations fill quickly so advance planning is necessary to book a trip.

White water rafting on the Chattooga River is an exciting and rewarding experience.



Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US Hwy. 19 West
Bryson City North Carolina 28713-3114
(800) 237-7238 or (703) 488-6900
Fax: (704) 488-2498

Southeastern Expeditions
50 Executive Park South
Suite 5016
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
(800) 868-7238 or (404) 329-0433
Fax: (404) 634-4946

Wildwater Ltd.
PO Box 309
Long Creek, South Carolina 29658
(800) 451-9972 or (864) 647-9587
Fax: (864) 647-5361


Individuals interested in boating the river on non-commercial trips or who want other information should contact:

USDA Forest Service
Andrew Pickens Ranger District
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, South Carolina 29664
Telephone: (864) 638-9568
Fax: (864) 638-2659
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 12 p.m.
& 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A map of the river with conditions of use, printed on waterproof paper, is available at several of our Forest Service office in northeast Georgia and western South Carolina, or you can order online.

All commercial trips on the river must be under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service office at Mountain Rest.

Get more details about the Chattooga River from the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests web site.