N.O.C. Chattooga Outpost
NOC has been leading trips on the Chattooga river since their company’s inception in 1972. In fact, company founder Payson Kennedy was a stunt double in the movie Deliverance. NOC’s Chattooga guides are among the nation’s most elite whitewater guides. They receive industry-leading training and are equipped with the most modern river equipment.
Founded in 1972 as one of the first whitewater rafting outfitters in the southeast, Southeastern Expeditions was the pioneer in whitewater rafting in the Southern U.S. They offer guided whitewater rafting trips on Section III and Section IV of the Chattooga River.
The Wildwater Team prides themselves on setting a high standard and working hard everyday to exceed expectations. They invest in the best equipment, staff, training and facilities. Their focus is to provide guests with their full attention and desire to make every trip down the river special. Guided rafting trips and zip line canopy tours.
Boat rentals, mainly kayaks and paddle boards, for pickup or drop off at Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. Additionally, they coordinate rental of boats from owners looking to make extra money when their boats are not in use. (Potential boat and watercraft rentals: kayaks, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, jet skis.)
The Chattooga River is the boundary between GA & SC. It is nationally designated as Wild and Scenic and is protected from development. Known for whitewater rapids, and meandering, mountainous woodland passage. The lower sections of the Chattooga are considered among the best whitewater in the SE with heart-thumping Class III to Class VI rapids.
Chattooga River – Section 3
Section 3 is a 13-mile beautiful stretch of river with intermediate to advanced whitewater. Its a 4-6 hour trip down river. Section 3 put-in is at Earls Ford, and the take-out is the Highway 76 Bridge. There is 1/4 mile hike in and out of the river. The Chattooga River is under the jurisdiction of the US Forest Service. There is a self-permit system (no fee), where you fill out a form, drop a copy at the box near the put-in and carry the other copy with you down the river.
Chattooga River – Section 4
Section 4 is one of the most well-known sections of whitewater in the U.S. This 8-mile section includes major whitewater including Class IV-V rapids. It takes 4-5 hours to raft or paddle Section 4. Put-in at the Highway 76 Bridge, and take-out at Lake Tugalo. There is 1/4 mile hike to and from the river. The Chattooga River is under the jurisdiction of the US Forest Service. Anyone paddling on the river needs to fill out a permit (at the put-in) prior to getting on the river.
Chattooga Whitewater Shop
New owner of this establishment. Shop offers t-shirts, merchandise, paddling gear, whitewater equipment rentals and transportation shuttles. The Gauge Coffeehouse is located within the store and Humble Pie restaurant also onsite.
Eclectic Sun, LLC
Located in the “Pavilion” of Devils Fork State Park in the day use picnic area. Provides everything you would ever need for a day of Fun on the lake. A genuine surf shop and snack bar combined.
(Formerly Hartwell-Keowee Paddleboard & Kayak Co.) Board, boat and kayak rentals. Serving Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell. Rentals available from South Cove County Park or High Falls County Park. Luxury pontoon boat rentals (launch from South Cove County Park). Contact them about kayak or paddleboard delivery on Lake Hartwell.