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Chattooga River: Section 3

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Chattooga River: Section 3

Skill Level: Difficult
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Rapids: Class I , II , III , IV
Length: 13.0 miles
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

The Chattooga is South Carolina's classic whitewater destination. Section III is a beautiful section of river with intermediate to advanced whitewater. Since the Chattooga is a National Wild and Scenic River the river corridor is protected by a 1/4 to 1/2 mile buffer zone where developement is not allowed. There are few permanent signs of humans from the route 28 bridge to route 76 bridge. You may see tents and a campsite or two but no roads, houses, convenience stores, or fast food restaurants.

Access
Put in:
Earls Ford
 Earls Ford has a trailhead, river access, and camping access. Walk down the trail to the river.
Take out:
Highway 76 Bridge Access
Access Details

Large, paved parking lot, restrooms, trailhead, and an overlook of the Chattooga River. A short walk upstream lets you observe boaters take on Bull Sluice, a large IV+ rapid just upstream of the Highway 76 access. 

Trip Details

The access points (other than those at the bridges) are set back 1/4 mile or further from the river so that you will have to carry your boat for a while. There is a self-permit system (no fee), where you fill out the form, drop a copy at the box near the put-in and carry the other copy with you down the river.

For more detailed information on whitewater along the Chattooga, visit the American Whitewater page. 

There are a number of outfitters available on the Chattooga River for guided whitewater rafting trips for people of all experience levels. 

Waterway: 
Upstream Trip (1)
Downstream Trip (1)

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Parking - Dedicated Lot
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