RIVERS Chattooga River The 19-mile stretch of the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River is known for its history, whitewater rapids, and meandering, mountainous woodland passage. Its lower passage is considered among the best of whitewater trips, with heart-thumping Class III to Class VI rapids. And while the Chattooga may be the most popular, it is not the only refuge for mountain trout. Oconee County’s Chauga River also offers a multitude of coldwater runs, riffles, pools and flatwater that play host to a wealth of both native and stocked fish. Again, fly fishermen may want to consider using a guide of these rivers. For adventure, scenery, fishing (it has been listed in Trout Unlimited’s “America’s 100 Best Trout Streams”), camping or even just a lazy day, the Chattooga is a rare experience – one of the reasons it is a federally designated Wild and Scenic River. Though the area is beautiful and often peaceful, the currents and undercurrents of the river can be dangerous. Guide services are recommended, and please note that the US Forest Service has regulations for use of the river. Contact the Sumter National Forest Ranger’s Office at 864.638.9568. The US Forest Service commercially permits three companies to operate on the CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Chattooga for rafting and five companies to provide instructional clinics in whitewater canoeing and kayaking.
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Visitors guide to Oconee County, SC, including Lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell plus the Chattooga River.