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

Save the Date for Paddle School
June 9-11, 2017

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Club sponsored classes for wilderness first-aid, swift-water rescue, and more!

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Upcoming Events

November Club Meeting

  November 10 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Come out to the November monthly Chota club meeting at the Bearden Beer Market.  An opportunity to see what your fellow paddlers look like with dry hair! ...

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Holiday Party!!!

  January 12 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Hey everyone, don't let January get you down.  CHOTA is hosting our Holiday Party in January to keep the holiday spirit alive.  Check back here for more ...

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2016-07 Middle Fork Salmon Trip Report

WHAT WE DID LAST SUMMER By Sandy Snyder In July, a group of 24 Chota members, friends, and family traveled to Idaho to enjoy the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the surrounding Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.  Some of us drove out, carrying boats and gear for ourselves and others, […]

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October Newsletter is here!

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

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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.