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Chattooga River

For years, the ACA has partnered with local paddlers and other organizations to remove the ban on paddling the upper sections of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River on the Georgia / South Carolina border.

Along with AW, we sued the U.S. Forest Service seeking to overturn a 2009 rule continuing the boating ban.

On December 2, 2010 a judge in South Carolina issued a decision that rejected the USFS's motion to dismiss the case. This will allow the case to move forward and AW and ACA will have the opportunity to present evidence of why the ban is unjustified.

Both ACA Executive Director Wade Blackwood and AW Executive Director Mark Singleton attended the hearing in South Carolina.

"The paddlers had their day in court, presented a strong case, which hopefully will set a good precedent for the future." - Respectfully submitted by ACA Board member Sam Fowlkes.

In August of 2011, the ACA signed a letter to the United States Forest Service opposing the environmental assessment (EA) of the titled "Managing Recreation Uses in the Upper Segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor.” The EA violates many basic laws, regulations, and policies regarding land and resource management, and "transparently aims to reach a predetermined goal of limiting paddling." We will continue to work with AW to try to bring equity to the recreational use of the Chattooga and open its waters to boaters.  

  • Learn more about the ACA's role in the ongoing access issues for the Chattooga River.



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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.

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