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Can I raft the Ocoee at night?

Can I raft the Ocoee at night?

The short answer is "No, you cannot".  The Ocoee river in Tennessee is a dam controlled river with very specific releases that are published by TVA.  You can find these release times at TVA.gov under recreational releases for the Ocoee river. 

The Ocoee has been rafted since the 1970's. in that time, it has been rumored that there have been midnight rafting trips.  To do one of these " midnight rafting trips", you will need several things.

First, you need enough water to raft on which is 1200 (cfs) cubic feet per second or more.

Second, you need an expert guide with extensive knowledge of the river you are going to raft.

Third, you need a moonlit night, this is extremely important to be able to navigate the river safely at night.  

Finally, you must have a raft, gear, a group of paddlers and a strong constitution.  All the above are necessary to even think about rafting the river at night and if all the above does come together and the stars align then ......  

Side note: once the sun goes down I have heard that the Ocoee river is very cold.

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