Ocoee White Water Rafting in Chattanooga
Welcome to the Ocoee River
The Ocoee River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in the United States, and we believe it is the best whitewater rafting in the world. Nearly a quarter million people raft the Ocoee River every year, and many of them come back to raft year after year. The 1996 Olympic whitewater events were held on the Ocoee River. If you are looking for fast, exciting whitewater with challenging rapids in a beautiful setting, the Ocoee River is for you.
Your Ocoee Rafting Trip
Cascade Outdoors provides all the necessary trip planning, equipment, and expertise for your Ocoee rafting trip. Your adventure begins when you check in at our outpost, meet your guide, and pick up your safety gear—including a life jacket, helmet, paddle, and spray jacket (during cool weather). Then, you'll board our bus for a 10-15 minute drive to the Ocoee River put-in site. Here, your guide will teach you and your crewmates (up to 6 in a raft) all you need to get down the river, including the following:
- How to stay in the raft
- Paddle strokes and commands
- What to do if you fall out of the raft
- The whitewater swim position
- How to 'hit the deck'
- How to pull a swimmer back into the boat
You'll take a few minutes to practice what you've learned, and then, when everyone feels comfortable, it's time to start rafting! As you raft your way down the Ocoee River, you and your crewmates will get more efficient at working together as a team, and you'll become more skilled at paddling through the rapids. Your guide will stop at certain rapids to challenge you and your crewmates to 'surf' river holes and 'ferry' across the whitewater. If the weather is warm, you might even decide to go for a swim! Through it all, your guide will continually check to make sure everybody feels comfortable and is having fun: our trips proceed at your desired pace and intensity. In addition, you'll learn about the history of the Ocoee River gorge and the unique TVA system of dams.
Cascade Outdoors offers two Ocoee River rafting trips: the Middle Ocoee trip (lasting about 3 hours) and the Full-River trip (lasting about 6 hours). Both trips are suitable for whitewater beginners and more advanced rafters.
Middle Ocoee River Rafting Trip
Time on the water: 2-2.5 hours
Total Trip Time: 3 hours
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If you have never been rafting on the Ocoee River, we recommend starting out on the Middle Ocoee. This is by far the more popular section of the river, and it contains the big-name rapids like Grumpy's Ledge, Broken Nose, Double Suck, Double Trouble, Table Saw, Hell's Hole, and Powerhouse Ledge. The middle Ocoee is continuous Class III/IV whitewater and it offers lots of places to 'surf' and 'play'. In nice weather, you might even choose to swim through the Doldrums.
Full River Ocoee Rafting
Time on the water: 5-5.5 hours
Total Trip Time: 6.5 hours
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If you're looking for a longer whitewater rafting trip, we recommend the Full-River trip. Full-River trips start out on the Upper Ocoee in the morning. The Upper Ocoee begins rather mildly with some gentle Class II rapids. It gets more exciting as you paddle Mikey's Ledge and enter the Olympic section. The Olympic section is where the 1996 Olympic whitewater events were held and consists of a half dozen Class III and IV rapids one after the next (including Let's Make a Deal, Best Ledge, Smiley Face, Slam Dunk, Callihan's Ledge, Humongous, Roach Motel, and Edge of the World). Making it through this intense stretch of whitewater challenges even the most experienced rafters, and it will definitely leave you hungry. So, we'll break for a catered river-side lunch and get ready to complete the Middle section of the Ocoee.
Please note that Full-River trips are only available on select weekends.
Reservations & Policies
Please Read! Making a reservation, payment, or deposit of any form constitutes acceptance of these policies, including the cancellation policy. Group leaders, please make sure everyone in your group understands these policies. If you have questions, ask us! We're available at 1-800-338-7238.
1. Safety and Liability
Your safety is our number one concern! Therefore, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule trips in the event of unsafe weather or water conditions beyond our control. Please be patient with us, as we can't control floods or the TVA release schedule, and we are only interested in YOUR safety. Full refunds will be issued if we cancel a trip due to circumstances beyond our control.
Kindly note that, to protect their safety and in accordance with state regulation, children must be 12 years or older to raft on the middle or upper Ocoee. In addition, all children under age 18 must have a liability release form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to rafting. If parents will not be accompanying children, please click here to print out and sign a waiver form.
Our guides are professionally trained and will make every effort to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip. However, whitewater rafting is inherently dangerous and accidents happen. Before your trip, you will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Click here to view or print a copy of the waiver.
Finally, we reserve the right to refuse to take anyone rafting who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
2. Reservations and Cancellations
Reservations are required for all trips, so that we can have everything ready when you arrive. We'll attempt to accommodate last-minute reservations, but please book early to reserve your spot and time.
Like the mailman, we raft through rain or shine! And don't forget, all our trips are scheduled for Eastern time.
Reservations are paid in full in advance. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and checks.
Full refunds will be given for cancellations or reductions in group size made 14 days prior to the scheduled trip. Cancellations or reductions made 7-13 days prior to the trip will receive a 50% refund.
Unfortunately, we CANNOT offer REFUNDS for cancellations or reductions in group size made less than 1 WEEK prior to the scheduled trip, regardless of the circumstances.
Our trips leave the outpost at the scheduled time. You should check-in for your trip at least 15 minutes prior to your trip time. Failure to arrive at the designated time constitutes cancellation and will result in forfeiture of your deposit and/or payment. Please call us for accurate directions as we cannot be responsible if you get lost!
We do not make refunds for inclement weather, unless we determine conditions are unsafe. Rain checks will NOT be issued.