The Chattahoochee is a sportsman's paradise. Winding its way down from Coon Den Ridge in Union County, the "Hooch" provides a rich wildlife habitat as well as a great recreational opportunity.
The river gets its name from the Creek Indian for "river of painted rock" and once formed the border between the Creek and Cherokee Indians. Rich in history, the first US gold rush occurred in the watershed of the river.
Recreational opportunities along the river abound. From canoeing, kayaking, and rafting the white water sections, to fishing in one of the Southeast US most highly regarded streams for trout, there is something here to please everyone.
The most commonly rafted section of the river stretches 16 miles beginning near Helen. This stretch of the river is divided into three sections that provide fun for rafters, kayakers and canoers of all experience levels.
The river has been well known for its trout fishing since the Buford Dam was built, changing the river to a cold-water river. Ever since, the state of Georgia has stocked the river with Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout.
Chattahoochee National Forest
The river runs through the Chattahoochee National Forest that covers three quarters of Habersham County. It is the perfect setting for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
The Soque is popular for fly fishing and trout fishing. It received its name from a Cherokee village, "Sakwivi", located near present-day Clarkesville. It runs its entire course in Habersham County before it meets the Chattahoochee at Twin Rivers Resorts.
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