by Coach Bear
May 12, 2002
The Chattooga River is considered to be the most challenging (and dangerous) whitewater in the Southeast, and perhaps in the United States as a whole. This river has been designated as a Scenic and Natural River by the federal government. Access to rafting the two lower stretches is limited to only three companies (by federal law).
The Chattoga was made famous by the movie, Deliverance. In 1975 it was opened to commercial interests. We who are able to run the river are priviledged to do so. I was able to raft the Section IV on one of the higher water days during this spring. This section consists of at least 10 drops which range in difficulty from Class III to Class VI.
Woodall Shoals is often classified as a Class VI drop due to its danger and the many rocks and boulders. Other prominent rapids include, Seven-Foot Falls, Raven Chute, Deliverance Rock, and a famous stretch of five rapids in which the river drops more than 75 feet in less than 500 yards. These rapids include Entrance Rapids, Corkscrew Rapids, Crack-in-the-Rock, jawbone Rapids, and Sock-em-Dog. These all range from Class IV to Class V.
I was able to go on a guided raft tour with some people that I met at a resort nearby. Surviving these rapids is pure ecstasy. The scenery is pristine. You can see nature at its best on this 8-mile stretch of the river.
From journal Scenic North Georgia