The Chauga River Blueway in scenic Oconee County, SC is 31-miles along the Chauga River, a tributary of the Tugaloo River. This blueway provides significant beginner-friendly and whitewater paddling opportunities in a beautiful rural setting. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources designated the headwaters of the Chauga River as an "Outstanding Water Resource", and the river is known as a freestone river - characterized by steep gradients and rapid currents with rainfall a primary source. Class IV rapids rush along the 9.8-mile section of the river near Cassidy Bridge, making it an ideal place for whitewater kayaking, then slowing down and flowing into Lake Hartwell which offers beginner-friendly paddling opportunities. Near the cities of Westminster, Walhalla, Mountain Rest, and Long Creek and Highways 76 and 123, the Chauga River is nestled in the corner of South Carolina and surrounded by State Parks and National Forest.
The Chauga River is a very popular fishing destination and is primarily a hatchery-supported trout stream, although some wild trout are present. A variety of trout including rainbow and brown trout can be seen in addition to an abundance of wildlife and vegetation.
With exciting whitewater sections and slow-flowing flatwater sections, the Chauga River is ideal for paddlers of a variety of skill levels. Learn how you can protect this and other hometown rivers.