Frequently Asked Rafting Questions
Questions? Call 1-800-277-4537
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Most everyone can go whitewater rafting. No experience is necessary! It does require some paddling and you will get wet. Participants must be in good health and have a chest size no larger than 56 inches. Participants are required to sign a release of liability waiver.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE?
Yes. The state law requires that you must be 12 years of age to go rafting on the Ocoee River.
HOW LONG IS THE TRIP?
The Middle Ocoee River trip is five miles long. It will take about two hours to run the river. You will receive instructions and safety information and have some time to practice with your guide before you begin your river trip. There is also a short drive to and from the river. Plan to spend a total of four hours with us for this trip. The Full River trip is ten miles, plan about 7 hours with us for this trip.
HOW MUCH OF THE TRIP IS WHITEWATER?
The Middle Ocoee is almost continuous whitewater, 90% of the river is whitewater with over 17 major rapids. The Upper Ocoee provides an additional 13 rapids, is 70% whitewater and runs through the Olympic section.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Trips go rain or shine; rafting is the perfect rainy day activity as you are going to get wet anyway. On cool days we provide splash jackets and pants at no additional cost.
DO PEOPLE FALL OUT OF THE RAFT?
It is possible to fall out of the raft, that is an inherent risk of whitewater rafting. Our main priority is to provide a safe trip with fun, excitement and a memory filled adventure for all. Each participant is required to sign a release of liability waiver.
DO YOU HAVE SELF-BAILING RAFTS? WHAT SIZE ARE THE RAFTS?
Yes we use self-bailing rafts that are 13 to 14 feet in length and specifically designed for whitewater use. The rafts are designed for 7 to 8 rafters, we generally have up to six participants in a raft plus the guide.
ARE GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE?
Yes, we offer group rates every day with a party size of 8 or more. Please see rate schedule or contact our office.
HOW ARE THE RAPIDS RATED?
Rapids are rated on a difficulty scale between I and VI. Class I rapids are the easiest and a class VI rapid are the most difficult. The ratings of 1 to 6 is a scale of difficulty and danger. The scale is not to be used in considering the fun factor of a river run. The Ocoee River is rated as a class III & IV whitewater river. It is one of the most exciting and fun river trips available.
DOES EACH RAFT HAVE A GUIDE? HOW MAY PEOPLE ARE IN A
Every raft has a experienced guide on the Ocoee River and up to six people
join him/her in the raft.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
In warm weather wear shorts, bathing suit and a T-shirt. In cool weather bring a wool, fleece or polyester top and pants, NO Cotton as it has no insulating value. We provide splash jackets and pants to go over your clothes on cool days at no additional cost. You must wear some type of shoes with backs on the river, NO FLIP FLOPS or shoes without backs.
HOW COLD IS THE RIVER WATER?
The Ocoee river
feeds from a lake upstream. Flowing into the river bed is warm lake water all
season except for early spring.
was FUN from start to finish, we never noticed the rain, we got wet on the
first rapid! The guides did a great job making sure we had fun, they were
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