Hosting the Ocoee River Championships welcomes a new era of whitewater competition, inspire tomorrow’s paddlers, and bring economic development to the region by once again using the premier venue and laying the foundation for national and international competitions to return to the Ocoee River.
The Ocoee River has hosted prestigious whitewater slalom racing and freestyle kayaking events since the 1980s. In 1983, the Ocoee River hosted the first rodeo and stakes the claim as the birthplace of freestyle kayaking. The notorious rapid Hell Hole on the Middle Ocoee hosted the 1993 World Championships and other U.S. Team Trials. The Upper Ocoee, dry for most of the 20th century, was engineered to create a world-class racecourse that hosted whitewater events for the 1996 Olympics, as well as the 2001 National Team Trials in slalom and freestyle.
In line with once again becoming a premier whitewater competition venue for freestyle, downriver, stand up paddle-boarding, rafting, and slalom, our goal is to create a multidisciplinary whitewater event on the Upper Ocoee River so as to return to prominence as a world-class venue for championship-caliber events.