The Ocoee River is the Southeast's iconic whitewater stream, providing 10 miles of seriously challenging whitewater in a spectacular mountain setting.
Tablesaw Rapid - Photo: Brad Sisco - Am. Whitewater
Considered by many to be the birthplace of freestyle whitewater kayaking, the Ocoee was world famous before it hosted the 1996 Olympics' whitewater events.
Mikey's Ledge - Photo: Rob Murphy - Am. Whitewater
The Class IV Upper Ocoee section includes the Olympic whitewater course, and should only be attempted by the most experienced paddlers. Some rapids even thrashed Olympians.
American Whitewater Upper Ocoee Page
(Ocoee #3 Dam to #2 Dam)
Hell's Hole - Photo: Daniele George - Am. Whitewater
The Class III-IV Middle Ocoee section is the run of choice for many paddlers, offering several challenging practice and play spots, including the wildly popular Hell's Hole.
American Whitewater Middle Ocoee Page
(#2 Dam to #2 Powerhouse)
Middle Ocoee - Photo: Christopher Neglia - Am. Whitewater
Class III-IV whitewater paddling
Class III-IV whitewater rafting, flat water paddling (Ocoee and Parksville Lakes, Lower Ocoee), hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hunting (in season)
Polk County, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Middle Ocoee Launch
48 miles | 55 minutes
(Ocoee Dam #1)
Dates | Hours
Recreational releases April - October
Yes. Forest Service pit toilets.
Cherokee National Forest (Ocoee River Zone) and private campgrounds.
Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton TN 37307-5823
Cherokee National Forest South