Chota Intro & History

The 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, and stand up boards. We provide trips and training for paddlers, promote safe boating practices and support conservation in East Tennessee. We are proud that Chota has contributed $14,500 to support local conservation organizations over the past five years.


Thank you to our sponsors!