"Designated by Congress as a Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga River is known for its whitewater paddling, trout fishing, and primitive setting. From its headwaters in the North Carolina Appalachians, the Chattooga River travels a rugged 50-mile journey before ending in the still waters of Lake Tugalo. For much of its path, the Chattooga forms the state line between South Carolina and Georgia. On May 10, 1974, Congress designated the Chattooga as a National Wild and Scenic River because of its outstanding scenery and recreational, wildlife, geologic, and cultural values.
This section is the best trout water on the whole Chattooga. Downstream of GA 28, the river becomes marginal trout water and redeye bass are more common. No boating is allowed on this section, so it escapes the heavy activity of canoes, whitewater rafts, and kayaks of the lower sections. Key species: brown trout, rainbow trout, redeye bass."