Yes, you can swim in the Ocoee River. Especially at Blue Hole and the Olympic Course near the former Ocoee Whitewater Center during weekdays. Always check the level and conditions first. The Ocoee River is a popular destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking, but it’s also suitable for swimming. It’s relatively calm in a few places during rafting trips. Guests typically enjoy swimming the Doldrums on the Middle Ocoee and the tailrace of the Upper Ocoee.
Because of the popularity of rafting, swimming in the Ocoee River is usually only done in the late summer and early fall. This is when the water is the warmest. Typically during weekdays the Upper Ocoee is not flowing and provides some popular places to cool off among the locals. Blue Hole is popular among locals and our guides. The Olympic Channel is popular among families with small children for swimming or wading on weekdays. However it is important to be aware of the river’s current, which can be quite fast if the water rises.
Overall, swimming in the Ocoee River can be a great experience, but it’s important to stay safe and be aware of the river’s conditions. With the right safety precautions, you can enjoy a beautiful day swimming in the river and taking in the scenery.
Learn more about the Ocoee River reading our rafting questions page