As you leave Gonzo Shoals you begin rafting the approach to Broken Nose rapid on the Middle Ocoee River. Broken Nose is a benchmark Class III+ rapid in the Southeast. Broken Nose is thrilling in a raft and often challenging in a kayak. While a first timer can easily run Broken Nose in a raft with a river guide; running Broken Nose successfully in a kayak will require instruction and practice. Watch our video of Broken Nose rapid on the Ocoee River in Tennessee to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting and the challenge of whitewater kayaking:
Broken Nose rapid is on the opposite side of the river than TVA’s wooden flume. Our video supporting this blog features the standard raft line and Broken Nose’s five basic eddies and moves to catch them in a kayak. Broken Nose rapid contains many challenge moves for kayak enthusiasts. The first ledge of Broken Nose resembles an S-wave. While the second two ledges are back to back. The final ledge of Broken Nose has a powerful Hydraulic capable of surfing a raft.
Photographers and spectators often walk down to Broken Nose to watch rafts and kayaks take on the big rapid. Our photographers often take interesting photos at Broken Nose. The rapid has a more natural setting than most of the the roadside Middle Ocoee. There are plenty of shade and trees to pitch hammocks or just picnic by the river.
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