Chattooga River – Oconee County, South Carolina
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The Chattooga River begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains and flows south into Oconee County, helping to form the boundary between South Carolina and Georgia. It is one of the few remaining free-flowing (undammed) streams in the Southeast.
Designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1974, the Chattooga is protected under federal law. The US Forest Service strictly monitors the 15,432-acre corridor to ensure its continuance as a place of natural beauty and recreation. The river contains several sections of whitewater rapids and is home to some of South Carolina’s most challenging kayaking and rafting.
The Chattooga is most well-known for being used as the fictional Cahulawassee River in the 1972 film Deliverance.
SCIWAY thanks Michael Traufler of Columbia for sharing this photo he took in May 2007.
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