Save the Ocoee River!

Did you know the Ocoee River might not release after 2018!!
Act now to preserve Ocoee paddling!

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Paddling School

Paddle School Information!
June 9-11, 2017

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2017 Summer Whitewater Trip Schedule

Check out the 2017 Whitewater Training Trips

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NOC Closed due to Forrest Fires

Copies from the NOC facebook page 11/11/2016: “The Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, NC is closed to the public until further notice due to the severity and proximity of area forest fires and poor air conditions. Evacuees staying on site will be relocated to other area shelters. We will operate on a limited capacity as […]

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November 2016 Newsletter

Here is your November 2016 Chota Newsletter! Don’t forget to get your trip reports, articles, photos, etc in before the 25th of each month! Huge thanks to Cheryl for putting the newsletter together! Let’s all remember to keep sending in our trip reports to her at

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SWR – Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I was recently involved in a whitewater mishap that turned out ok despite our multiple failures. The purpose of this is not to embarrass anyone, but rather to let others learn from our mistakes so no names are used. We hope you read this, take the hard lessons that we learned to heart and spend […]

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Chota Canoe Club was founded in 1969 as a whitewater club in Knoxville, Tennessee. The club began as an informal group of whitewater paddlers in 1969, and then took the name Chota in 1972 when the Little Tennessee River was threatened by the construction of a controversial dam. Today Chota welcomes all paddlers, whitewater and touring canoes, kayaks, as well as stand up boarders. We provide trips and training for paddlers, promote safe boating practices and support conservation throughout East Tennessee. We are proud that Chota has contributed $14,500 to support local conservation organizations over the past five years. The mission of our members is to promote community paddle sport activities, safety awareness and techniques while being actively environmentally responsible. Club membership usually numbers between 200 and 300 paddlers who are primarily from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Maryville/Alcoa areas as well as other East Tennessee locations and neighboring states.