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Chattachoochee River Whitewater rafting

New Chattachoochee River course to open May 25, 2013

Forget the theme parks and head for the banks of the Chattahoochee river this summer for a thrilling adventure of urban white water rafting.

The new Chattahoochee river whitewater course between downtown Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL will officially open May 25, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Once the 2.5 mile course is completely finished, it will be the longest stretch of urban whitewater in the world. Plus, rafters will have the choice of cruising the Columbus side or the Alabama side. Ultimately, the completed course will consist of over 10 Class 4+ rapids.

But how will the rapids on the Chattahoochee compare to other popular rivers such as the Ocoee river in Tennessee or the Chattooga river in north Georgia?

Avid whitewater fans will tell you that the higher the volume of water, the higher the thrills and challenges. The Chattahoochee regularly runs with ten times the volume of the Ocoee river. In other words–lots of fun!

Whitewater is classed in six categories from Class 1 (the easiest and safest) to Class 6 (the most difficult and most dangerous). Most family trips will be Class 1 or 2. Kids over 8 may be allowed on Class 3 rivers, which have more white water excitement.

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