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WW: Ocoee First Release Weekend Class III+

  • March 18, 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • March 19, 2023
  • Ocoee, TN

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WW: Ocoee Middle Section Class III+   

Date: March 18th thru 19th 2023

Trip Sponsor:  Jeff Stejskal

Come join the HCKC for the first release weekend on the Middle Ocoee in TN.  

This is a early season paddle so the water and air temperature will be cold.  Dress for the swim.  Plan on wearing neoprene, dry suits, dry tops etc.  Along with proper layering (poly/wool) no cotton. 

Required Equipment:  Helmet, Spray Skirt, Paddle, PFD, Dry suit/Wetsuit and Whitewater boat.

Required Skill:  Be able to perform a Combat Roll in Class III rapids.  This is a step up from the Lower Yough.  The river is shallower and more continuous.  Progression of Rivers

Camping:  Adventure Unlimited, 522 US-64, Ocoee, TN 37361  AU Info Loop A is the HCKC's preferred campsite area.  $10 per person a night pay online or on-site. 

River description:  The Middle Ocoee's numerous rapids and river formations offer a wealth of currents and surf for creative and skilled paddlers.  Class III for its entirety, the Ocoee requires at least strong intermediate skills and a solid river roll for a successful run. The action is fairly continuous from top to bottom, letting up only for a half-mile known as the Doldrums. The top section (from the dam to the Doldrums) is a little harder than the lower section (from the Doldrums to the lake). Many first-timers opt to put in halfway down at Goforth Creek to get a good taste for the river before tackling the full run. (from American Whitewater) Middle Ocoee Info AW

Please register on the website and for more info Email: 

Formal trip details will be sent out to the registrants before the event. 

Trees will look different from the last release 2022 but the rapids will be the same.

Pictures from Last Release Trip 2022

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