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Cartecay River

Class I-II+(III)

Situated on the edge of the Cohutta Wilderness in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, the Cartecay River is a gently rolling mountain stream that becomes a fun, Class II+ run for two and a half miles outside of Ellijay, Georgia.

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A step up in from the Hiwassee River for beginner paddlers, the Cartecay's signature rapids require a little more technical and maneuvering skills.

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The river levels are subject to rainfall and at high water, some rapids increase in difficulty to Class III. Conversely, in drought periods, the river can become a very low and scrapey.

American Whitewater Cartecay River Information

NOTE: Most of the land along the banks of the Cartecay is privately owned. There are no places to take out for bathroom breaks or other necessities, so plan accordingly.

PARKING: There is very limited parking along the Cartecay, so using parking and shuttle service from a commercial outfitter is highly recommended.

Activity type 
Class I-II+ (III) whitewater kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding

Related Activities
Tubing, rafting

Location
Ellijay, Georgia

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Upper Cartecay Road Put In
75 miles | 1 hour, 30 minutes

GPS Coordinates 
34.639087,-84.408863

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Dates | Hours
Sunrise to sunset

Rest Rooms
No

Overnight Camping
Yes. Private campgrounds in and near Ellijay, GA

Contact Information for Shuttle/Parking
Cartecay River Experience
706-531-4746 (GRIN) or 706-889-1108

Cartecay Water Shed (Bubba's Rentals)
Phone: 706-698-7655 

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