Ocoee Outdoors Frequently Asked Questions

Definitely! We might be a little biased because we obviously love rafting, but we think that you will too! You should keep in mind that many of our guests are first timers and we’ve designed our trips, equipment, and instruction to be “first-timer friendly”. All you need is the excitement and appreciation for adventure and you’re sure to have a great time rafting on the Ocoee River!

We sure think so! The Middle Ocoee has over 20 Class III and IV rapids. If you join us for our All-Day Upper & Middle Excursion, you’ll get in some class V rapids as well. The Ocoee River has a little something for everyone and is guaranteed to keep even the most experienced boater on their toes while the Middle Ocoee is still friendly enough for first-time rafters.

At Ocoee Outdoors, we have the experience and we provide the best experience on the river. We’ve been whitewater rafting the Ocoee River since 1977 and it shows. All of our guides are Senior Guides meaning they are the most experienced guides on the river – you can count on them to navigate you and your raft mates through the most precarious sections of the Ocoee River.

 

Like we said, we also provide the best experience on the river. Our trips are longer than any other company that runs the Ocoee River. While other Ocoee river outfitters try to hurry you off the river to get more people back down – we take our time to show you our beloved Ocoee River and its hidden gems, like Jump Rock.

If you have a specific guide that you want, maybe a past guide or a friend, we can usually accommodate that for you! Otherwise, your guide will be assigned to you on the day of your trip. You’ll be in great hands either way! Remember that part above about how all of our guides are Senior Guides? This isn’t their first rodeo and this will be apparent when you’re on the river with them!

We have a max 6 people per raft rule for our boats! This does not include your guide.

Lifejacket, Helmet, Paddle, Raft, and Guide are all provided! If you need a wetsuit, booties, or spray jacket you can add those on at checkout! The water is quite warm in the summer and you most likely will not need the add-ons. If it’s spring or fall, you might want to consider the wetsuit, booties, and spray jacket.

You should bring a swimsuit, or shorts and a t-shirt that you don’t mind getting soaking wet. You will also want to bring along some water shoes – these can be sandals with straps, actual water shoes, or tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. You might also want to bring your sunglasses – if you do, we sell sunglass straps at our office.

You bet! We have a photographer on the river who you can buy photos from at the end of your trip. Leave your personal camera back at the office – it’s a wet and wild ride, and your camera might not make it back!

We’ve been rafting the Ocoee River since 1977 – don’t you think we would go to another river if this one wasn’t fun anymore? We wrote a blog, 10 Things You Should Know About the Ocoee River. You can probably pull out a few things from that article that will make you realize how great the Ocoee River is! For one, it’s consistently ranked as the best river in the United States. One of our favorite facts – it was the home for the Atlanta Olympic white-water event for the 1996 Olympics. The only time the event has been hosted on a natural river!

You don’t necessarily need to be a strong swimmer – our guides work hard to keep you in the boat and not in the water. If you do want to swim, however, there will be ample opportunities to get out of the boat and take a dip!

With an adventure activity like rafting, there is always a chance that you may. Here’s what we do to minimize that risk:

 

First, like we mentioned, all of our guides are Senior Guides. This means that they have a lot of experience on the river. They know all of the little tricks to the river, and this will play into your favor for staying in the boat.

 

Second, our safety briefings and demonstrations are clear, concise, and thorough. We also take our time on the river. We don’t rush you – this allows us to make sure you’re comfortable with our instruction and your paddling. This will go a long way to making sure you stay in the boat!

Yes! Our minimum age is 12. The Tennessee State Parks Department requires that to raft the Ocoee River.

If it’s raining, we’ll still go! You’re going to get wet anyway. However, if we deem the weather to be dangerous we will cancel the trip.

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip – let us know asap. Review our full policies here!

Yes, you do! You can either download the pdf from our site, from your booking confirmation or just sign it on the day of your trip when you show up at our office!

Our Middle Ocoee trip is approximately 4 hours, with 2 of those hours being on the river. Our All-Day Upper & Middle Excursion is a 6 hour trip with 4 hours of river time.

Our offices are located right before the canyon entrance to the river! We’re just 10 minutes from the takeout, 20 minutes from the put in for the Middle, and 30 minutes from the Upper Middle!

For USPS: PO Box 72, Ocoee, TN 37361

For UPS/FedEX: 1985 Hwy 64, Benton, TN 37307

Our current operational processes have been approved by the State of Tenessee. Some of the changes we have made include the following:

  1. Disinfecting all seats, paddles, and gear after each use.
  2. Adherence to social distancing recommendations at our check-in facility;
  3. Requiring completed waivers when guests check-in.
  4. Requiring guests to maintain social distancing during transport to and from the river by spacing out the seating arrangments.
  • Went with the pros! We went with the pros and Randy gave us an awesome trip! Jump rock is so fun. Go with the pros!

    K Elliott
  • The guides are first class and we won’t go with anyone else. We have been rafting Ocoee Outdoors for years and the experience and safety is why we continue to be loyal customers. The guides are first class and we won’t go with anyone else. Thank you Randy and Tim for another great vacation experience!

    J. Rich
  • Great Day on the River with First Timers! We had a great day on the river with Ocoee Outdoors! We did the middle Ocoee section of the river. We had several first timers in our group who seemed a little nervous. Our guide Higgins was very knowledgeable and was great about giving us instructions about each of the more technical rapids. He really made our group comfortable. All of the guides that we saw on other boats with Ocoee Outdoors seemed to be very proficient. They gave us plenty of time to to get out and swim and stretch if we needed to. They even flipped one of the boats and used it as a slide off of one of the rocks. We had a really great day. We’re planning on coming back and doing the upper section of the river soon!

    S. Hooker
  • I will ALWAYS choose Ocoee Outdoors no matter the cost or times I need to go because they really do give you the best time down the river. Ocoee Outdoors is by far the best rafting company on the ocoee that I have ever used. I started rafting the ocoee at 12 years old (now 25), and I have yet to find a company I like more. I’ve probably rafted with them at least 10 times! They are fun, knowledgeable, and give you the best experience. I’ve never had a “bad” experience with other companies, but I will ALWAYS choose Ocoee Outdoors no matter the cost or times I need to go because they really do give you the best time down the river.

    C. Brunson
  • This is the place that offers it all, great time ,clean facilities, knowledgeable staff and most of all safe trips. We had an awesome experience again on the half day trip on the river. Our guide Nicky was very knowledgeable. She made sure everyone had a great time and were safe. My son enjoyed the upside down raft slide many times and had a blast. All the guides and bus driver were focused on our safety at all times. This was our second trip with Ocoee Outdoors and we will back again. This is the place that offers it all, great time ,clean facilities, knowledgeable staff and most of all safe trips.

    O. Hyatt
  • Not just trying to herd you down the river. Great trip. This company is very professional and it is obvious they care about their customers. Not just trying to herd you down the river. The raft slide was a blast and our guide (Earl) was very skilled and knowledgeable. Will definitely be coming back to do the upper section.

    M. Patmore
  • Have been outdoorsing, for 50 years, this is one of the best trips ever. Absolutely wonderful,
    Have been outdoorsing, for 50 years, this is one of the best trips ever. Guide evaluated skill levels and gave safety instructions accordingly.
    Trip down was exciting and non rushed. Doing the raft slide was just an example that Ocoee outdoors is more interested in giving the full experience and not trying to see how many loads of people they can get through in a day. Guides even commented on this being their favorite outfitter to work fo.
    Will be back to run the upper when it opens.

    J. Lolley
  • This was my first time white water rafting and I was very anxious about it, but Ocoee Outdoors made the entire experience amazing! This was my first time white water rafting and I was very anxious about it, but Ocoee Outdoors made the entire experience amazing! The staff at the front desk was very friendly and helped us decide what gear we needed. Our guide, Higgins, made sure I felt safe and was very knowledgeable about the river. We chose the half day trip but will definitely be back for a full day!

    C. Gosa