Ocoee River

Class III-IV
Adults and Children 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

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

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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.

NOTE: The Ocoee River is dam controlled. Rafting outfitters only run during recreational releases.
Upper Ocoee Dam #3 Recreational Release Schedule
Middle Ocoee Dam #2 Recreational Release Schedule

Activity type
Class III-IV whitewater rafting

Related Activities
Class III-IV whitewater paddling, 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

GPS Coordinates 
(Ocoee Dam #1)
35.096316, -84.651167

Google Map

Dates | Hours
Recreational releases April - October

Rest Rooms
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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