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The Ocoee River offers the most exciting Tennessee
whitewater rafting in the state. The Middle Ocoee River offers a bit of a
thrill among nearly continuous whitewater. Notable Class III
and IV rapids include:
- Grumpy: Grumpy attempts to boot members off the raft
right from the
beginning. The abrupt start will challenge even the
seasoned whitewater enthusiast. Grumpy rapid is a Class
IV Rapid that quickly indicates the wild journey that
- Tablesaw: The entire river is channeled into
a narrow chute creating turbulence. The rapid, named for
a large rock that bisected the current creating a rooster
tail, no longer features the rock or roster tail due to
flooding. Eddies adorn both sides of the chute making
for great eddy hopping conditions.
- Hell’s Hole: Sights of the Powerhouse and
bridge identify the beginning of the decent on Ocoee
River’s most famous rapid. Rafters are encouraged to
approach the hole from the left following eddies. It is
not uncommon to see many paddlers surrounding Hell Hole.
The Upper Ocoee River offers riders a more
invigorating 5-mile ride with fewer, tougher rapids to
overcome. The Class III and IV rapids along the Upper are
sparse, but powerful. The distance between Mickey’s and Roach
Motel makes up the Olympic challenge course.
- Mickey’s: Mickey’s is known as the largest
rapid above the Olympics course, and is visible from the
island in the middle of the river. To the right of the
island is a chute that will fork, forcing riders to choose
between a 5 foot ledge drop into a deep hole to the
right, or a rocky descent down a four foot ledge.
- Humongous: Humongous is the largest rapid on
the Upper Ocoee’s Olympic course. The constricting river
creates a large wave train which bisects at a large
rock. Each side of the rock offers rafters a challenge.
The left side will showcase eddies leading up to the
riverbanks. The right side proves to be more
challenging, as its eddies matched with large waves
create a water plunging hydraulic.
- Roach Motel: You will find Roach Motel
shortly after passing through Humongous. The river will
narrow and will drop three times into large offset
holes. It is encouraged to stay right, as to avoid the
largest center hole.
The Lower Ocoee is ideal for rafters looking for a calmer, family-friendly ride,
and features mostly
Class I and II rapids. Contact Sunburst today to reserve
your spot on the water.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at 1-800-247-8388