If there's one activity that all of our visitors love, it would have to be the tubing experience down the Chattahoochee river in Helen, GA. Referred to affectionately as "Shootin' the 'Hooch", lazily floating on an inter-tube down the river is one of the most affordable and fun experiences for travelers of all ages, but did you know that there is way more to do on the in Helen than tubing down the river?
The river affords locals and visitors alike the opportunity to explore by canoe, kayak or raft. Get the adrenaline pumping on the white water rapids, or simply enjoy bonding with family and friends while fishing for trout. Drift slowly down the river and take in the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and wonder of nature.
Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities to enjoy more of the Chattahoochee river than only tubing:
Whether you are an old pro or have never tried canoeing before in your life, you will be able to enjoy a wonderful trip down the Chattahoochee river with a canoe rental from Wildwood Outfitters in Helen, GA. Here you can rent canoes, paddles, life jackets, and helmets so that you will have everything you need to set off on your canoeing adventure.
Canoes are rented by a flat rate for sections 1 through 3 on the Chattahoochee River. As Section 4 is 10 miles long, there is an additional fee per rental. Though walk ins are welcome, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance.
Wildwood Outfitters also rents tandem sit-on-tops. These are great crafts for parents with young children or groups of youth. For those with more experience navigating the Chattahoochee River, Wildwood Outfitters provides open canoes, however staff reserves the right to determine suitability of experience before one may rent these water crafts.
While all 4 sections of the river allow for magnificent scenery, group bonding will be best established by sticking with the calmer, more laid back tours of sections 1 and 2. Regardless of your choice, you will build lasting memories from your trip to Helen. Tubing isn't the only way to experience the 'Hooch!
Would you prefer to try kayaking down the river instead? Wildwood Outfitters is also the place to go to be set up with an amazing experience on the Chattahoochee! Just as with canoing, they offer four trips on four different sections of the river which are suited to families and groups of various skill levels. The experts at Wildwood Outfitters will help you to determine which option is best for you.
Section 1 begins at the Nacoochee outpost where you will be shuttled to the Sautee Creek put in. This area of the Chattahoochee is arguably the most beautiful and is abundant with magnificent plant and wildlife. This area is calm and smooth, making it ideal for first time kayakers and families. The journey spans six miles and will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.
Section 2 is a more challenging excursion and starts at the Highway 255 Bridge. The journey begins with several long Class 1 rapids as well as smooth pools. Approximately 3.5 miles down the river you will encounter the rapids of Smith Island which is a Class 2 rapid. The section 2 tour is 5 miles long and will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.
Section 3 is for the true adrenaline junkies and begins at the Highway 115 bridge. This area is known as the whitewater section of the Chattahoochee River. On this tour, you will encounter many rapids which range from Class 1 to Class 3 depending on the water levels. Most kayakers consider the "Three Ledges" to be the most challenging rapid on the whole river. This is a truly challenging and fun experience for experienced rafters and will take 2.5 to 3 hours.
Section 4 is the longest of all of the kayaking tours available from Wildwood Outfitters. The entire journey is 10 miles which will take approximately 6 hours to complete. In addition, this area has the largest volume of water and also features a dozen Class 1 rapids. This means that it can be paddled when the water levels in other sections are too low.
Fly Fishing On The Chattahoochee River
Looking for a special experience on the Chattahoochee River? Tubing is fun, but learning to fly fish is a skill that you can take home with you! The 'Hooch boasts a heavy trout population, and the certified experts at Unicoi Outfitters are ready to train you in the ways of fly fishing. The best deal for visitors to the Helen area is the Gilligan Special. This is Unicoi Outfitter's basic fly fishing introductory course and it includes one hours of casting and fishing instruction followed by two hours of fly fishing. All supplies such as rods, reels, flies, etc. are included with instruction.
How do you plan to enjoy the 'Hooch' during your next stay at the cabins in Helen?