The Chattooga River might be renowned for its rapids, and for being the site for the taping of Deliverance. However, it’s presently being commended for its status as a United States Wild and Scenic River.
The Chattooga takes its name from “Tsa-tu-gi,” an old Cherokee town on the waterway. The word has no other significance in Cherokee, and whatever it once implied in Creek has since been forgotten. What has not been overlooked though is the gigantic effort that was taken to assign 57 miles of the stream, and 15,432 sections of land of its encompassing area, as a governmentally ensured waterway hall under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
On the 10th of May 1974, the Chattooga River was assigned Wild and Scenic by Congress. Coursing through North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina, the Chattooga is perceived as one of the Southeast’s head whitewater waterways. It starts sloping in North Carolina as little rivers, sustained by springs and bounteous sources. High on the inclines of the Appalachian Mountains close to the Whiteside Mountain is the beginning of a long adventure that closes at Lake Tugaloo between South Carolina and Georgia, dropping just about 1/2-mile en route.
Coursing through three national backwoods, the waterway is one of only a few staying free-streaming streams in the Southeast. It offers remarkable landscape, running from roaring falls and bending rock-gagged channels to limit, bluff encased profound pools. Thick backwoods and undeveloped shorelines portray the rugged impression of the territory.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, by which the government ensures waterways are considered to safeguard certain streams with regular, social, and recreational qualities, was passed in October of 1968. The Act is eminent for shielding the exceptional character of now more than 200 of these streams, while additionally perceiving the potential for their proper utilization and advancement. It empowers waterway administration that crosses political limits and advances open support in creating objectives for stream assurance.
With 2018 being the 50th commemoration of the Act, supervisors arrive for preservation gatherings, paddlers and other waterway aficionados across the country have commended the Act’s positive effect by visiting and paddling in these spots and sharing data on the achievement of this noteworthy, one of a kind type of security.