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Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting involves paddling the river in rubber inflatable rafts that generally hold 5-6 people each. We utilize a rafting company who provides all the rafting equipment and knowledgeable guides for each boat. The whitewater rivers we run typically have Class III – IV rapids on them. We usually camp out during the trip to make the drive more worthwhile. Our trips are designed for a group of 12 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in camping. Group equipment, such as tents, stoves, cooking gear, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips

SEPTEMBER 25-26 (Fri. – Sat.)
Ocoee River, TN
Cost: $104
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 18


1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2. Sorry, this trip is cancelled.

3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $97 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8 am – 6 pm Monday – Thursday, and from 8 am – 5 pm on Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/22 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids!  After camping out on Friday, we will be guided down the mighty Middle Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each.  No experience is necessary.  We’ll eat lunch and have a chance to shower before heading back. Tip for your guide is included.  Estimated trip duration:  6 pm Fri. – 7 pm Sat.


Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.