Ocoee River (Lower)
Though known primarily for its world famous Class II-IV whitewater, the Ocoee can also be a fun option for an afternoon tubing trip.
After the whitewater spills into Parksville Lake, the river calms, rolling quietly through the pasturelands of the Appalachian foothills.
Several Ocoee rafting outfitters provide tubes for trips on this section of the river. Visit the Cherokee National Forest’s Whitewater Page for a listing of outfitters.
For those with their own tubes, canoes, kayaks or standup paddleboards, there are several options to take out below the Sugarloaf Recreation Area (Ocoee Dam #1) at public and private launches and campgrounds.
The Ocoee River is dam controlled. Be sure to check the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Ocoee Dam #1 recreational release schedule before scheduling your tubing trip. No release. No water.
Class II-IV whitewater paddling, rafting (upper and middle sections), flat water paddling (Ocoee and Parksville Lakes, lower Ocoee), hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hunting (in season)
Class I flat water tubing
Polk County, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Ocoee Dam #1
48 miles | 55 minutes
Sunrise to sunset
Recreational releases June-August
Yes. Forest Service pit toilets at Sugarloaf
Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton TN 37307-5823