Turkey has plenty of mountains
and rivers perfect
for river rafting.
The top two choices are the beautiful,
exciting but safe and easy Köprüçay near Antalya,
and the wild and dangerous Çoruh near Erzurum,
for experienced rafters only.
Köprüçay & Köprülü Kanyon
Near Side and
this river follows a 120-km (75-mile) course through
the 2500-meter-high (8200-foot-high) Bozburun even
higher Dipoyraz mountains. The 14-km (9 mile)-long Köprülü Kanyon has
100-meter (328-foot)-high rock walls. Despite its
natural drama, the rafting route is rated Class
1 and 2, good for beginners.
Çoruh River (Kaçkar
In northeastern Turkey near
Yusufeli and Erzurum,
the Çoruh River springs
in Bayburt province
and flows 250 km (155 miles) to the Black
Sea at Batumi in the Republic
of Georgia. A tributary, the 85-km
(53 mile)-long Barhal River,
springs in the 3937-meter (13,000-foot)-high Kaçkar range
and joins the Çoruh at the pretty
mountain town of Yusufeli.
20 km (12.5 miles) of the Barhal and
150 km (93 miles) of the Çoruh
are good for rafting from May through
September, with May and June being
the best months.
Along the 23-km (14 mile) course from Çevreli
to Yusufeli there are more than 20
rapids of Class 3, 4 and 5. A very
fast 20-km (12.5 mile) Class 4 and
5 course starts near Sarıgül in
the Kackars ending at Yusufeli. In
July and August a 22-km (14 mile) Class
2 through 5 course begins at the Yusufeli-Demirkent
bridge and ends in Class 6 rapids at
the Artvin Canyon.
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