EMSC wrote:I can't say that I have ever heard of a trip involving quite so many stops where you get out of the raft and even have time for pictures from the shore multiple times.
It is not unusual in California for a portage or two past a rapid considered too dangerous for commercial groups. There were two factors contributing to the excellent photo ops.
1) There were six paddle rafts and we tended to go early as 4 of them were high school students from summer camps and we were probably among the most experienced.
2) The difficulty of the rapids here were mainly due to the big drops, but since they were relatively short, it was easy to pull out into an eddy and walk a short distance up to an ideal photo spot.
In California with longer rapids and just two or three boats the early rafts nearly always wait in the raft for the other ones to come through.
EMSC wrote:Nearest I've done relative to this itinerary is about 2 hours West in Tennessee on the Ocoee river (Class III-IV). As with your trip, Deliverance is on a great many folks minds when rafting in that part of the Appalachians.
The Ocoee is definitely the other highly regarded commercial rafting in this vicinity. It is dam controlled and only rafted on weekends. The Chattooga was closer to where we were staying in Waynesville and likely more natural and scenic.
For the hard core in the Southeast there is Linville Gorge, about 60 miles NE of Asheville.https://www.americanwhitewater.org/cont ... l/id/1093/
This requires a canyon hike descent to the put in, similar to Forks of the Kern. From the description above, there are usually numerous portages and dangerous sections, so I doubt Linville Gorge is ever run commercially.