Wildwater ChattoogaWhitewater Rafting & Ziplines Canopy Tours at the Chattooga River, N. Georgia/Upstate SC

Chattooga Rafting Center - Wildwater

Located in Upstate South Carolina, the Chattooga is where Wildwater first opened their doors in 1971 and remains Wildwater’s premier rafting trip in the Southeast.  Our highly trained guides and self-bailing raft fleet will make your Chattooga River Trip one to remember!

Our park-like Chattooga facility is incomparable, with canopy tours, low & high ropes and multiple lodging options located on the picturesque Wildwater Chattooga campus.  Stay here and be steps away from several days worth of activities.  We can book your adventure to include lodging (cottages, group yurts and deluxe cabin), rafting (half day, full day, multi-day), zipline canopy tours, kayak tours, whitewater kayak clinics, Stand-up Paddleboarding and overnight camping.  On campus you will find snacks at The Well House (summer only), volleyball, horseshoes and Corn Hole.  Join us for a family-friendly adventure and the best whitewater rafting in the Carolina’s!

The Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River begins at the base of Whitesides Mountain in North Carolina and flows in a southwesterly direction to form the border between South Carolina and Georgia.  One of the wildest and most beautiful whitewater rivers in the country, the Chattooga was the first river in the Southeast to be designated “Wild & Scenic” in 1974 by Congress and was used as the location for the movie Deliverance.  The Chattooga is surrounded by the Sumter and Chattahoochee National Forests.**

As a free flowing river, water levels on the Chattooga vary with the amount of rainfall each season.  The highest water levels and the most high adventure trips are usually in the Spring and early Summer or after a heavy rain.  By late Summer and Fall the water level is usually lower, and trips are more relaxed and slower paced.

Mountain_lakes_logo**For your visit to the Chattooga, download this free Waterfall Guide App (or search “Discover  Oconee” from you app store) for information on the 4 lakes, 2 rivers and over 150 waterfalls in Oconee Co., SC!

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Rafting:  $74.95 to $129.95 per person

Canopy Tour:  $77 to $85.95 per person

Visit our Chattooga Pricing page to find prices for every Chattooga activity we offer.


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In the Media

Columbia County Magazine (GA)- Riding the rapids of the Chattooga River

Check out this Oconee County video!  Scroll down to bottom of home page.

Discover Upcountry Video

SC Outdoor Insider – Rafting the Chattooga River Video

Chattooga Rafting, Canopy Tours & Other Adventures

Overnight trip on the Chattooga River

Chattooga River Rafting

Trip Length:  Half – Full Day
Time on Water:  4-7 hrs
Minimum Age:  Ages 8+
Difficulty Level:  Class II – IV rapids




Wildwater Chattooga SUP tourChattooga Other Adventures

Chattooga Ropes Course
Whitewater Kayak Clinics
SUP on Lake Tugaloo
Sea Kayaking on Lake Tugaloo
Paddle and Hiker Shuttles




Chattoga Ridge Canopy Tour

Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours

Trip Length:  2 1/2- 3 hrs.
Minimum age:  Ages 10+
Weight:  70 to 250 lbs.
Difficulty Level:  Easy



Chattooga Jawbone Cabin



If you are looking for a comfortable, upscale experience try our Jawbone Cabin.  Located within walking distance of the Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center, this timber frame cabin has 3 bedrooms with Queen beds and a loft with 2 single beds.  Perfect for 3 couples or multiple families with kids, Jawbone Cabin also offers a full kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances and granite counters, 2 bathrooms, washer/dryer, gas fireplace, large flat screen TV with DirecTV, large covered outdoor porch, covered front porch and patio with outdoor grill.  All linens included.

Cost: $370 for 1st night, $295 for additional nights.  No daily cleaning service.


Chattooga Cottages

Chattooga_CottageWildwater’s Cottages are a convenient place to stay when you visit the Chattooga.  Nestled on the edge of the woods, overlooking Academy Lake and steps away from Wildwater Chattooga, our cottages sleep four and have a full kitchen.  The Chattooga Cottages feature a queen futon downstairs and loft with a set of twin beds, satellite TV with DVD player, a spacious deck, linens and towels and a waterfall shower.  They are decorated in French Country style with colorful fabrics, art and accessories.  Charcoal grills and a gazebo provide outdoor enjoyment and relaxation during your visit.  Two duplex cottages are available with a full capacity of 16.

Chattooga Yurts

Wildwater Chattooga Yurt 2Wildwater’s Chattooga Group Yurts are a convenient place for groups to stay when you visit the Chattooga.  Nestled in the woods, overlooking Academy Lake and steps away from the Wildwater Chattooga, our yurts sleep up to 34 within 5 yurts.  The yurts have bunk beds with mattresses for sleeping, small tables & benches, ceiling fan, large outside decks with picnic tables, power, lights and small heaters.  No sheets, pillows, blankets or towels are provided.

The Commons building has 6 individual bathrooms with private showers, toilet & sink as well as 2 additional toilets & sinks.  This multi-purpose building has a full indoor kitchen that includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cooking utensils, pots and pans.  The Commons does not have silverware, plates, glasses, coffee mugs or any food products.  We do provide paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.  A screened in dining room, outside charcoal grill and fire pit with seating area are available to Guests.


Chattooga Shuttles

Wildwater provides shuttle services on the Chattooga River if you have the ability and equipment to paddle the river on your own.  Be aware two craft are always recommended in any group on the Chattooga River.  We also provide shuttles for hikers who are hiking the Chattooga River Trail.

Reservations are strongly recommended.  Meet at the Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center on Academy Road in Long Creek, SC.  Typically we travel with you to the take-out where you leave your car and we transport you to your put-in location.  Call (866) 319-8870 for reservations.

1st Person
Hwy 76 / Thrifts/Woodall
30 minutes
$ 20
$ 5
Lake Tugaloo
1 hour
$ 25
$ 5
Earl’s / Sandy Ford
1 hour
$ 30
$ 5
Hwy 28 / West Fork
1.5 hours
$ 40
$ 5
2 hours
$ 40
$ 5