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 – American 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 – American 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.
(Ocoee Dam #3 to Dam #2)
Hell’s Hole – Photo: Daniele George – American 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.
(Dam #2 to #2 Powerhouse)
Middle Ocoee – Photo: Christopher Neglia – American Whitewater
The Ocoee River is dam controlled. Be sure to check recreational release schedules.
Class III-IV whitewater rafting, flat water paddling (Ocoee and Parksville Lakes, Lower Ocoee), hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hunting (in season)
Class III-IV whitewater paddling
Polk County, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Middle Ocoee Launch
48 miles | 55 minutes
(Ocoee Dam #1)
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