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Ocoee River

Whitewater Recreation Area

The Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition, offers thrilling rafting on Class III and IV rapids. Check out our rafting companies on the Outdoor Recreation page. Be sure to include a visit to the 1996 Olympic Games venue, the Ocoee Whitewater Center.

The Ocoee River is America's only Olympic river. The Ocoee is broken into 3 separate parts. The Upper Ocoee is the site of the 1996 Olympic course, the Middle Ocoee has been the site of commercial rafting since 1976 and the Lower Ocoee (below Parksville Lake Dam) is great for lazy tube floats. The Upper Ocoee was developed for use as the whitewater venue during the 1996 Olympic Games. This effort required the riverbed to be reshaped to provide the required hydraulic action to ensure world class rapids. The Middle Ocoee has been used for commercial rafting since 1976, when the flume line was shut down for rebuilding. Once the flume line work was completed it was too late to stop the whitewater enthusiasts. Today, over 250,000 visitors a year get their thrills going down the Ocoee. This is an experience you will not soon forget. Approximate trip duration is 4 hours. The Lower Ocoee starts at the base of Parksville Lake Dam, at Sugarloaf Mountain State Park; and lazily winds its way to the Hiwassee River a few miles away. It is great for tubing and for those without their own tube, fear not, there are outfitters that can help you out.

Best Seasons for Experiencing

Summer and Fall

Typical Class of Water


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