Lower Ocoee River

The Ocoee is well-known for its whitewater, but the lower Ocoee is the perfect venue for lazy afternoon flatwater paddling or tubing trips. The lower Ocoee spills out below Parksville lake, rolling quietly through the pasturelands of the Appalachian foothills. OAR outfitters provide tubes for flatwater tubing trips on this section of the river. For those with their own tubes, canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards, there are several options to take out below the Sugarloaf Recreation Area (Ocoee Dam #1) at public and private launches and campgrounds.

NOTE: The Ocoee River is dam controlled. Be sure to check the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Ocoee Dam #1 recreational release schedule before scheduling your lower Ocoee tubing trip. No release = no water.


Upper and Middle Ocoee

Lower Ocoee

Hours and Cost

Check TVA Water Release Schedule for Ocoee Dam #1

Cost: Free for individuals with their own equipment.

OAR tubing rentals are $20 per person with advanced reservations.

Pet Friendly



Cherokee National Forest—Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton, TN 37307


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