Southeastern Expeditions

Paddle Faster...I hear Banjos...

Southeastern Expeditions is a whitewater rafting company on the beautiful wild and scenic Chattooga River.

Located near Clayton Georgia on the border of Georgia and South Carolina.

About Southeastern Expeditions

The Original White Water Rafting Company in the Southeast!

Yep, that’s us! And it started with Deliverance. Southeastern Expeditions opened its doors in 1972, with equipment purchased from Warner Brothers following the filming of the movie Deliverance, with Burt Reynolds and John Voight. The enduring flick made the river famous and put us on the map, bringing the river enough notoriety to be named by congress the first Wild and Scenic River in the south. Our newfound company was the first to bring visitors to the churning white water and steep descents of the Chattooga.

Chattooga River White Water Rafting; there’s nothing like it. Your destination, the river called the Crown Jewel of the Southeast, is undammed and remains the only river East of the Mississippi that hosts commercial rafting while bearing the national designation of a Wild and Scenic River.

Through the Appalachian foothills of the Chattahoochee and Sumter National forests flows the “Wild and Scenic” Chattooga River. Forming about 40 miles of the GA/SC border, the Chattooga was made famous in 1972 with the filming of the movie Deliverance. This film fueled an explosion in whitewater rafting in the south propelling whitewater adventure to the prominence it enjoys today.

Rated one of the 10 best runs in the country, the Chattooga is blessed with stunning scenery and outstanding whitewater. Rafters have a choice of the milder Section III trip or the ultimate Section IV wilderness trip. We invite you to join us for a true wilderness adventure!

The Employee Experience

Working at Southeastern Expeditions is not your average or typical job. Have you ever been Whitewater Rafting and thought, "Man, that guide has the coolest job ever!"? Make it yours! Never been rafting but always wanted to? What better way to go than learning how-to guide and rafting EVERY DAY!? Now's your chance!  Are you an outdoors person? Do you like to work with people? Now's your chance! 

Are you scared because you have zero experience and have never done anything like this? Now's your chance! 

We provide ALL training no matter your experience. There's a reason why we are the OLDEST company in the southeast and the BEST company on the Chattooga River. 

Quotes from actual guides: 

"The best part about working at Southeastern is getting to work with my best friends every day!" 

"Can't wait to come back next Summer." 

"Some of the most challenging but rewarding days are working on the Chattooga."

Ideal Candidate

Anyone who is accountable, works well with others, and isn't afraid to try something new! If you're willing to learn, we're willing to train. 

Room and Board

On-site housing is provided, free of charge, based on availability. Our housing is open-air bunkhouses or cabins. You may have a roommate and housing placement is not guaranteed. Please note on your application if you need housing.

Employee Perks

We will provide a PFD, helmet, wetsuit, splash jacket, and a paddle during training & Training is ALWAYS FREE! 

Some of our employee benefits include:
• Trips for friends & family at either no charge or little cost based on availability and season
• 20-30% discounts in all our retail locations
• Free training program
• Discounted First Aid, CPR, and Swift Water Training certification programs
• Free staff housing – based on availability
• Pro-deal programs for personal gear and equipment purchases

Getting Here and Getting Around

Due to the rural area bringing a personal vehicle is a must. 

Southeastern Expeditions is located in Clayton GA about 2 hours from Atlanta GA and 45 minutes to Helen GA. 

For Fun

Northeast Georgia is your outdoor playground. We have rivers for rafting and kayaking. Lakes for any flatwater sports. Mountains for climbing and hiking. Trails for mountain biking. Waterfalls for hiking, swimming, and cliff jumping. We are under 2 hours from Atlanta and about 45 minutes from Helen, GA for any city-time fix you may need. 

How to Apply

Please apply by using our online application. 


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