Two free flowing rivers run through Oconee County, SC:
Known for its history, whitewater rapids, and meandering, mountainous woodland passage. For adventure, scenery, fishing, camping or even just a lazy day, the Chattooga is a rare experience – one of the reasons being its federally designated Wild & Scenic status.
There are three forks of the Chattooga River. The Chattooga River is the main fork, running along the state line of South Carolina and Georgia. The East Fork flows from North Carolina into Oconee County. The West Fork runs in from Rabun County, Georgia.
The Chattooga is classified in sections: 0, 00, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The Chattooga River is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. Three companies are commercially licensed by the Forest Service to operate on the lower segment of the Chattooga River (Sections III and IV). These Chattooga River outfitters provide guided rafting trips and instructional clinics in whitewater canoeing and kayaking.
While the Chattooga River may be more popular, Oconee County’s Chauga River also offers a multitude of cold water runs, riffles, pools and flat water. It is popular with anglers and is regularly stocked with trout by the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery.
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