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The whitewater rafting industry had the largest number of customers on the Ocoee in May and June since 2007.

The whitewater rafting industry had the largest number of customers on the Ocoee in May and June since 2007.

According to figures compiled by State Parks, there were 45,446 rafting customers in June, compared to 40,246 in 2010; 43,654 in 2009; 44,281 in 2008; and 46,256 in 2007.

In June, there were 39,335 customers on the middle river and 6,111 on the upper. There were 2,908 private paddlers in June on the middle river and 498 on the upper. June’s total, including customers, private paddlers, guides and trainees was 59,694.

In May, the customer count was 14,262 – 11,863 on the middle river and 2,399 on the upper. The closest customer count in the past five years was 2008, when there were 12,787 customers in May. This year saw 1,923 private paddlers on the middle river and 248 on the upper.

July is normally the busiest month on the Ocoee, with more than 90,000 customers last year. August normally drops back when many area schools open.

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