Wildwater, Ltd is a whitewater rafting company that services whitewater rafting trips on rivers in Tennessee and South Carolina. Wildwater, Ltd locations are conveniently located within driving distance of Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia. No matter where you live in the southeastern United States it is easy to get to a whitewater adventure serviced by Wildwater, Ltd.
I took my first whitewater rafting trip with Wildwater, Ltd at least fifteen years ago. Wildwater offers rafts and guided trips down Pigeon River, Nantahala, Chatooga, Ocoee, and Cheoah Rivers. My first trip was down the Ocoee, a fast running river with rapids spread intermittently throughout. The Ocoee is a great river on which to have your first whitewater adventure because it is not constant rapids, that wear you out paddling and hanging on to stay in the raft. It’s a good paced river and the rapids remind me of a thrill ride at an amusement park.
The Ocoee is not too dangerous, although Wildwater requires that all rafters be over the age of 12 and weigh at least 90 pounds. Wildwater provides self emptying white water rafts, helmets and life vests for all participants, and a seasoned guide who knows the Ocoee river like the back of his hand.
This year a portion of the Ocoee used in the 1996 Olympics will be open to recreational visitors. When whitewater rafting with Wildwater, Ltd on the Ocoee you can choose to do the upper portion of the river, a 5 mile journey that is known as one of the most popular and fun stretches of whitewater rafting in the country, or the lower Ocoee another 5 mile trip that includes the portion of the Ocoee used in the Olympics. The best option is the all-day whitewater trip. Ride ten miles on the Ocoee, on a fully guided trip which includes lunch.
Wildwater, Ltd provides clean places to change both before and after your rafting trip. You park your car, or bus if you are traveling with a group, at their facility and they transport you, the rafts, paddles, and all accessories by bus to the put in point.
Wildwater is an extremely professional organization, in fact they are the only whitewater rafting outfitter I trust to take my family and Church youth group with. They are well trained not only on the rivers and rafts, but safety and CPR.
I have also run the class V rapids on the Chatooga. I doubt I’ll ever do that again because our first drop was 13 feet. The guide told everyone to dig in, but there was nothing but air beneath our boat as we descended toward a dangerous eddy. A friend of ours in the back of the raft flew out and over our heads, landing about 50 feet downstream. Thankfully, he missed the siphoning eddy that can easily trap and hold a person under water. It was a little scary, but before we ever went down the rapid professional whitewater rafters went down stream and threw a safety line across the river to one another. There was never any chance of losing our friend. They caught him despite the rapidly flowing water. This is another of the many reasons I respect and recommend Whitewater Rafting, Ltd.
On the other end of the spectrum, I took a young group of rafters who were not all old enough or healthy enough to manage the Ocoee and certainly not the Chatooga. We went down the Nantahala. As far as work, meaning paddling hard, that was the most difficult trip. However, for beginners and kids it is the perfect rafting trip to allow them to get a taste of white water rapids. The water doesn’t move as fast as on the other rivers and the rapids are only small splashes of water created by rocks throughout the river.
Even whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, we had a girl, who was not completely well to begin with, who developed hypothermia. The guide dispatched to Whitewater, Ltd and they immediately sent someone to pick up the student and a chaperon. With no questions asked and the utmost hospitality and concern for the students health they returned her to the Wildwater facility, warmed her up, and she was able to get into dry clothes.
See what I mean when I say these guys are professional. Some independent whitewater rafting companies have all the equipment and training, but just don’t offer the professionalism and customer service provided by Wildwater, Ltd.
I am pleased the Wildwater is still in business. Last summer we sent another group of teens and split the younger group from the older. The younger went whitewater rafting on the Nantahala and the older group took the Ocoee. They all had a blast and the same exceptional service we have come to expect when whitewater rafting with Wildwater, Ltd.