Chattahoochee River Whitewater
The Chattahoochee River Whitewater park is located below Lake Oliver but before Lake Eufaula on the Chattahoochee River in the water districts of Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.

Course information:
  • 2.5 miles starting south of North Highland Dam and finishing at Dillingham Bridge, between the Irons Works Trade Center and Phenix City Amphitheater.
  • Opportunities on the water include rafting, kayaking, paddleboards, river surfing and other activities.
  • 10+ years of research and collaborative efforts by individuals, businesses, foundations, Georgia and Alabama governments as well as the federal government.
  • The project was officially announced in April 2010 and will be the longest urban whitewater course in the world.
  • USA Today picked the Chattahoochee River Park as the Best Man-made Whitewater in the World in 2013.
  • The river is being restored to a natural state with the breaching of the Eagle & Phenix Mill and City Mill Dams. This restoration will also bring back the natural habitat of many aquatic species, including the shoal bass and fresh water mussel, making it a fisherman’s paradise.
  • Whitewater Park Rules require that any person on the water, swimming or in a vessel must be wearing a certified life jacket.
  • Anyone who has their own vessel will be allowed to use the park at no charge. Just put in!
Whitewater Express currently operates from both the Phenix City and the Columbus sides.

USGS Mobile Water Data

River Stage

Tentative Generation Schedule (change selection to North Highlands Dam)

The difficulty level of the rapids on this course will range from an easy Class 1 to a very difficult Class 4+ with very powerful waves.



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River Classifications

Class I - Easy
Waves small, passages clear; no serious obstacles.

Class II - Medium
Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear.

Class III - Difficult
Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering.

Class IV - Very Difficult
Long rapids; waves powerful, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; powerful and precise maneuvering required.

Class V - Extremely Difficult
Exceedingly difficult, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent currents; very steep gradient. Most rafting tour operators require testing and prior Class IV or better whitewater experience.

Class VI - Unrunnable
Just like it says - Don't even think about it!

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