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Georgia whitewater, Chestatee River

Lumpkin county, Coppermine to Lake Lanier section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     32 miles
  The Coppermine to Lake Lanier stretch of Chestatee River is 32 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II(III) section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so it looks like you will be camping
    out. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. If you're coming from Gainesville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down
the page. No need to look hard for hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. The natural beauty of Lumpkin County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty  
of rivers for that. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
On a nice day at Chestatee River you can take a hike along the DeSoto Falls Trail, and a good site like Chattahoochee National Forest is too good to leave out. If you want a good time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. While you're here at Chestatee River you can take a hike along the Black Mountain Trail, and a spree here wouldn’t be complete without a spree to close by Vogel State Park.

Chestatee River, Coppermine to Lake Lanier road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Chestatee River.
 Whitewater Near Chestatee River:
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 4 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (US 19 North of Dahlonega to US 19)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (US 19 to Chestatee River)
Chestatee River, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (Grindle Falls Road to Copper Mine)
Chestatee River, Lumpkin County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11.4 miles long (Turners Corner to Grindle Bridge)
Chestatee River, Lumpkin County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 32 miles long (Coppermine to Lake Lanier)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Waters Creek Campground to Turners Corner)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 0.75 miles long (WMA Gate to Waters Creek Campground)
Tesnatee Creek, White/Lumpkin County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (County Road 5976 to Old Copper Mine Road)
Frogtown Creek, Lumpkin County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.9 miles long (US 19 to US 19 at Turners Corner)
Blood Mountain Creek, Lumpkin County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 1 miles long (to Dicks Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Chestatee River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 46 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 70 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Chestatee River:
Gainesville Marina, Gainesville , 15 miles away
Blairsville Docks Unlimited, Blairsville , 18 miles away
Nottely Marina, Blairsville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Chestatee River:
Holiday Inn Express DAHLONEGA, Dahlonega , 4 miles away
Days Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 4 miles away
Park Place Hotel, Dahlonega , 4 miles away
The Smith House Historic Hotels Of America, Dahlonega , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chestatee River:
Crisson Campground, Dahlonega, 2 miles away
R-Ranch in the Mountains, Dahlonega, 5 miles away
Blackburn Park and Campground, Dahlonega, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Chestatee River:
Black Mountain Trail, Union , 8 miles away
DeSoto Falls Trail, Lumpkin , 9 miles away
Whitly Gap Trail, White , 11 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Union , 12 miles away
Raven Cliff Falls Trail, White , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chestatee River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 43 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 11 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 12 miles away
Unicoi State Park, Georgia , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chestatee River:
Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River, Dahlonega , 4 miles away
Chattahoochee Golf Club, Gainesville , 13 miles away
Gold Creek Golf Course, Dawsonville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Chestatee River
Lake Qualatchee, White , 10 miles away

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