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Ocoee River

Class III-IV

Adults and kids ages 14 and older.

The Ocoee River is the Southeast’s iconic whitewater stream, providing 10 miles of seriously challenging whitewater in a spectacular mountain setting.

Served by two dozen commercial rafting companies, the Ocoee contains two sections, the Upper and Middle. Trips run on either section or for a longer trip, both sections.

Ocoee River Raft Guide Services

The Class IV Upper Ocoee section includes the Olympic whitewater course and contains highly technical rapids, even when run in guided rafts.

The Class III-IV Middle Ocoee section is the best first time run in a guided raft. Full of big, bouncy rapids, there are also several spots for swimming, spinning and generally getting wet.


The Ocoee River is dam controlled. Rafting outfitters only run during recreational releases.

Upper Ocoee Release Schedule

Middle Ocoee Release Schedule

Related Activities

Class III-IV whitewater paddling, flat water paddling (Ocoee and Parksville Lakes, Lower Ocoee), hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hunting (in season)

Activity Type

Class III-IV whitewater rafting


Polk County, TN

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga

48 miles | 55 minutes

GPS Coordinates

(Ocoee Dam #1)
35.096316, -84.651167

Google Map


Recreational releases April – October


Yes. Forest Service pit toilets.

Overnight Camping


Cherokee National Forest (Ocoee River Zone) and private campgrounds

Contact Information

Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton TN 37307-5823
(423) 338-3300

Cherokee National Forest South

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