All children MUST be at least 5 years of age to participate in any activity on the Toccoa River. Sorry, no exceptions.
Colorful inner tubes, kayaks and canoes provide a cool and refreshing way to have fun and relax on a hot summer day on the Toccoa River. Our colorful vinyl inner tubes with handles are designed for your comfort. We do not use black tire tubes which can get very hot and uncomfortable in the sun. If you prefer to do some paddling, you can also try our canoes or "funyaks" which are inflatable one person or two person boats. The Toccoa River is ideal for families with younger children.
The Toccoa River is a dam-controlled river and TVA releases water as they deem necessary-sometimes daily. Water levels and speed can change significantly after water is released from the dam. Before water is released, the river is shallower and slower. After water is released, the river rises 2 to 3 feet and picks up speed considerably. We offer a 1.5-mile float for Toccoa River tubing and a 1.5 mile or 6- mile trip for canoes and kayaks. Under natural conditions with no water release, our 1.5-mile inner tube trip can take up to one hour; after water is released it may take only 20 minutes.
For this reason, Rolling Thunder now offers a new 3 mile trip. If the river is running fast and you want more than a 20 minute float trip, the 3 mile will be perfect for you. For the safety of your children, if the river is running stronger than normal all children will have to be at least 10 years of age to do the 3 mile trip.
Estimated river times per trip.Water release is controlled by TVA and subject to change without notice. TVA does not make reliable water release times available to us ahead of time so we are unable to be more specific regarding how long it will take you to get down the river.
The depth of the water changes from place to place in the river and there may be small rapids and rocks along the way. This trip is suitable for most people who can swim but there is risk associated with all water related activities and you will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to beginning your river trip. There are no safety personnel on the river so you are responsible for your own safety. Please be careful and keep your life jacket securely fastened at all times.
People paddling in canoes, funyaks and kayaks usually get down the river faster than those people floating on inner tubes. It all depends on how hard you paddle.
Children must be at least 5 years of age to engage in any activity on the Toccoa River. Rolling Thunder will provide life jackets and children must keep them securely fastened at all times while on the river. Be sure to wear shoes which fit securely to your feet - no flip flops.
Bus shuttles run all day on operating days. We shuttle you up the river and you float back down to our tubing center where you left your car so you don't have to wait for a shuttle to get back to your car. Reservations are not necessary for inner tubes unless you have a group of 15 or more people. To reserve tubes, canoes or kayaks you should call the center directly at 706 492-5720. Our 800 number only handles rafting reservations.
Rolling Thunder runs both the Toccoa River and Ocoee River trips out of our center in McCaysville, Georgia-about 15 minutes from Blue Ridge, GA. Toccoa River tubing is a splashy, fun way to get wet. We have a bathhouse with hot showers for you to use after your river trip. Enjoy a great float on the Toccoa River.
Reservations are not necessary for inner tubes unless you have a group of 15 or more people.
Children must be at least 5 years of age to engage in Toccoa River tubing, canoeing, kayaking, or other activities.