Travel Attractions

Ocoee River Rafting

The Ocoee River with big, closely spaced rapids make it one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the nation. No other river in the East offers the degree of challenge, safety and consistent water flow that is found here.

The Ocoee has been rated one of the ten best whitewater rivers in the country by Canoe Magazine. It has been chosen as the site of national whitewater championships on several occasions as well as home of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition.

The Ocoee's flow is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority via three dams. Most often the riverbed is nearly dry in the five-mile (eight km) stretch used for sporting, the water being diverted through flumes along the side of the mountains. The dams generate 67,000 kilowatts of electricity in total.

One of the largest rapids on the Middle Ocoee, "Hell's Hole," runs right beneath the power station, with "Powerhouse," a significant ledge with a strong hydralic, right after it. Upstream (to the south), the TVA also operates Blue Ridge Dam, which creates Lake Blue Ridge (called Blue Ridge Reservoir only by the TVA).

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