Ocoee River Rafting Trips
Naming the Rapids of the Middle Ocoee River
There is much speculation about how the Ocoee River rapids got their names, and although no one seems to know for certain, the names show the imagination of years of paddling enthusiasts.
Customers on the Middle Ocoee River start their Ocoee river rafting trips with a big bang right off the entrance ramp into the river. The first rapid, appropriately named Grumpy’s, is a solid class IV rapid just 100 yards downstream of the put-in. Leaving the eddy your raft slips past Whiteface Rock and then shoots you into the slot between the two holes at Grumpy’s ledge. Then it’s just splashy waves and easy fun down to an area called Staging Eddy where your raft waits for the rest of the rafts in your Ocoee River rafting trip to gather.
After leaving the staging area it’s on to Gonzo Shoals where you twist and turn your way through the shallowest part of the Ocoee. Gonzo Shoals ends just above another great Class IV rapid close to the right bank called Broken Nose. Broken Nose is ‘Big Fun’ with a quick drop over the first small ledge and then lining up close to the bank to smash through the hydraulic at the bottom of the second ledge.
Our guests continue their Ocoee River rafting trips by heading into the next big water rapid called Slice and Dice. Hold on for the big hit at the top ledge and then cruise through the big squirrely water for fifty yards below. The next big rapid is called Double Suck and is the tallest ledge we drop over on the Ocoee rafting trips. After Double Suck it’s totally fun get-wet-time as we glide through rapid after rapid – Double Trouble, Left Right Left, Flipper – ending with the best play spot on the river called Hollywood Hole. This friendly hydraulic is a great place to surf, spinning round and round and getting really wet with water splashing over into the boat.
Our Ocoee Rafting trip slows down…
As you pass through the Doldrums, the trip slows down for a bit so that you can jump out of the boat for a cool swim working your way through Hiwassee Shoals and Surprise Ledge. Then the river makes a big bend and you know you are approaching one of the highlights of our Ocoee rafting trips, the awesome Tablesaw rapid. Tablesaw is a long rapid with big fun waves and holes and one of our favorites. Immediately downstream is another big drop called Diamond Splitter. Then the Middle Ocoee mellows out for a while with fun rapids named Western Flyer, Dixie Highway and Torpedo.
The Big Finale on our Ocoee Rafting Trips
After Torpedo rafts full of customers are lined up for the big double finale to their Ocoee River rafting trips, the infamous Hell Hole and Powerhouse Ledge. Hell Hole has the biggest waves and one of the biggest holes on the Ocoee and is very exciting. Powerhouse Ledge finishes off another great day on the Ocoee.