Over the Falls & Through the Tunnel Kayak Camping Trip

Only 12 paddlers will be attending this event.

Cost for this event: $25.00.

Saturday & Sunday July 20/21, 2013

This will be a kayak / camping trip but you gear will be taken by vehicle to the campsite and then to your vehicle so we will be paddling with a lunch and drinks.

This is another first-time one-of-a-kind event. We will be paddling from Dahlonega to the Hwy 9 Scenic River Park near Dawsonville.

Day 1 we will paddle down and play in Etowah Falls then camp before the tunnel. Since it is only 6 miles from the Falls to the campsite we will Play & practice there for some time so bring plenty to drink.  There is a 6 foot and a 2 foot drop that are great fun or you can just relax in the cool water and watch.

Day 2 we'll go through the tunnel.

Because this is a month from now the is no way of knowing what the water level will be. If it is too high, the event will be cancelled. If it is too low, we might have to drag a bit but the event will go.

Paddling Distance: Total 23.9 miles

Day 1 = 8.8 miles

Hwy 9 > Etowah Falls = 2.75 miles

Etowah Falls > Castleberry Bridge = 3.25 miles

Castleberry Bridge > Campsite =  2.8 miles

Day 2 = 15.1 miles

Campsite > Tunnel =  0.5 miles

Tunnel > Hwy 136 = 5.5 miles

Hwy 136 > Hwy 53 = 4.6 miles

Hwy 53 > Hwy 9 =  4.5 miles

 

What to bring that will be taken to the campsite: Camping gear, camp chair, food and beverage/ that will be taken to the private camping area by vehicle. Lunch and river beverages will go in your kayak. You will need food for Saturday night, Sunday breakfast and lunch.

 

You will need lunch and beverages to take with you on the river Saturday.

 

PFDs are mandatory to have in your kayak. Spray skirts are recommended for the Falls & the Tunnel. If you think you need a helmet bring one. As an adult. accept responsible for your own actions. If you want one and don't have one ask me as I have 4 but you must ask or I won't bring them.

 

This is an adult, no pets allowed trip.

 

To get answers or information about this event please contact the organizer[masked] or by e-mail: [masked]

 

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  • Allen

    I have posted the trip pics. The camera is still new to me so unfortunately about a 3rd came out blurry (a lot of attempted individual close-ups) due to my motion/moving too fast at the time or water on the camera lens so I did not post those. In fact, I just had to delete many they were so blurry, hey it’s a learning process with any new toy. What did come out fairly well is a pretty good range of all of ‘Richards Bakers Dozen’. You can download the images by clicking the single image you want then when you see the close-up of the individual image right click it to save to your computer. If anyone would like an original of any individual pic email me at [masked] and I will be happy to email it to you, the originals are about 6MB each. Let me know the image file name by clicking the individual image, then right clicking it, then clicking properties.

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Linda W.

      Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing. I stole several of them. You did a great job with the new camera.

      July 22, 2013

    • Richard G.

      Great pics Allen, I was totally impressed and thanks for posting the download details. See you again soon.

      July 23, 2013

  • Reese

    Allen - thanks for all the photos. I know that is time consuming and we all appreciate your doing it.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Reese

    Twelve new friends (lucky 13 including Steve's wife Lynn) and a great outing. A good weekend for sure. Nice meeting each of you and thanks for allowing me as part of the group. Kudos to Richard and Steve for making it all happen - great job guys.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Thanks Allen!

    July 22, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Great pictures Allen. Thanks for posting.

    July 22, 2013

  • Gabriel G.

    I have video of everybody going over the falls, add me to facebook (http://www.facebook.com/projectevaunit01) and I will tag you in the video so you can download it yourself.

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Gabriel, you didn't get my successful trip. lol

      July 22, 2013

    • Gabriel G.

      I'm sorry, it was hard to see when you were approaching the fall, and there was a delay after I pressed record.

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • Allen

    A special thank you to Lynn and Steve for their generous hospitality. Day 1 was awesome, great weather and fun riding the falls! We had some rain just as we were nearing camp that lasted about 2 hours and thanks to Lynn we warm and dry with hot coffee and treats. That night we had an especially nice fire, good food (much of which unexpectedly and very much appreciatively provided by Linda, Margot and Steve/Lynn) and very good company for the evening. Day 2 we had great weather, a welcome afternoon shower and a good long paddle, negotiating deadfalls as we traveled. The water was too high to venture into the tunnel but the trip was very enjoyable just the same. Richard was very accommodating in providing quick and effective aid to those that found their way into the water courtesy of the many obstacles we encountered along the way. Richard and Steve were very effective in finding a way over, under or around the deadfalls, and did it with a smile. A very enjoyable weekend and adventure!

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Linda W.

    Awesome two days on the river. Enjoyed all of you guys and making some new friends. What more did we need - Rain, sun, pleasant camping and paddling temperatures, beautiful river, excitement, and camaraderie. Thanks Steve! Sorry everyone that I can't post the videos here that I took.

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • Linda W.

      And thanks Richard for organizing and rescuing us. I know it's a lot of effort and you will sleep well tonight (and so will Steve)!

      1 · July 21, 2013

  • Richard G.

    Too much fun. Absolutely a fantastic fun filled wilderness adventure weekend. The rain tried to spoil our fun and failed. Teeth knocked out, battle damaged kayaks, bruises and lost hats added value to the unforgettable and exciting weekend. The falls were everything promised that started the wild side offering a thrill for the daredevils and entertainment to the others. Unfortunately the blocked tunnel was the heart breaker but Mother Nature wasn't about to let us go home empty handed. She graciously and in an organized pattern very specifically arranged some of her beautiful trees as obstacles of excitement, that not only proved to be challenging, they offered swimming opportunities at a very modest price.
    It was my pleasure to offer this event and you made my weekend GREAT. You may paddle a lot of other trips but you won't forget this one.
    Many thanks again to Steve Harris for being a great host. Friends who own river front property are at the top of my GREAT list.
    Thanks Steve

    3 · July 21, 2013

    • Margot S.

      Thank you so much Richard for a truly awesome weekend!! And thank you Steve for allowing us to camp on your front lawn!:-)

      1 · July 21, 2013

  • Steve H.

    My ass is wore out, from all the smiling. lol

    July 21, 2013

    • Margot S.

      I never notice your ass smiling~!~! So much fun hanging out with you again!

      2 · July 21, 2013

  • Margot S.

    Another wonderful weekend with you guys!! Thank you so much Steve and Richard for all your planning and preparation.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Richard, another top notch event. I have trouble trying to decide whether the events and the organization is the key for a five star event or if it's the friends and paddlers that makes it a five star meetup. Maybe both. I met at least a half dozen new friends and they were each five star people. I already knew the remainder of "old" friends were five gold star folks.
    It was a pleasure to share our home and some of the responsibility of the event with everyone. Great paddlers, beautiful river, good food, good liquor, and a nice campfire makes for fond memories.

    July 21, 2013

  • Roxann

    I had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery and meeting new friends...such a beautiful river to paddle. I want to thank Richard for letting me go on short notice. It was the adventure and skill level I expected, although we didn't get to go through the tunnel I look forward doing that another time.

    July 21, 2013

  • Marty A.

    Have family plans that prohibit me from joining, but I'm with the others in saying, if you can plan another, i'm likely...sounds like a fun trip...hope ya'll have a great time...no injuries

    July 19, 2013

  • Reese

    Cindy, thank you to you and your travel agent for opening the slot. I've done the Etowah 3 times but not in the past 12 years. This is my first outing with this group so looking forward to it.

    July 18, 2013

  • cindy

    Won't be getting back home when I expected so someone can have my slot.

    July 18, 2013

  • cindy

    Has anyone checked the water level for the tunnel?

    July 17, 2013

  • Gabriel G.

    How and why did my status change? I was one of the first to RSVP to this...

    July 17, 2013

    • Steve H.

      I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything. ??????

      July 17, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Anne, I am looking forward to kayaking with everyone then playing host of the camping site. I ran a temporary electrical cord and a water hose down to the camp site. We have lots of "drying" wood for the campfire and the fire cooking grate. The river here varies from a few inches deep to over 6 ft, so swimming is possible. We are looking forward to everyone's visit. Ya'll kick off your shoes and sit a spell.

    July 16, 2013

  • Anne B.

    Down to counting the days!! Can't wait for Saturday!! Y'all save room for desert Saturday night...I'm bringing something special :)

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Well, I'll hold my tongue until I find out what plebian means. I don't know whether to thank you or insult you back. lmao

      1 · July 16, 2013

    • Margot S.

      ROFL

      July 16, 2013

  • Allen

    Richard: I’d like a t-Shirt, XL. I don’t believe you should have to pay half or taxes for my t-shirt so please charge me the full amount for the trip and the t-shirt.
    Thanks for putting this one together!
    Allen

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Kim W

    My dad is driving down from NC, I already RSVP'd for 2 and am happy to be confirmed for this event after being on the wait list for some time. Do we pay on meet up or just bring cash to the event? Looking forward to it, Kim

    July 11, 2013

  • Clint M.

    Sounds like fun Richard but I'll be on the Hiwassee.

    June 27, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Clint, I'll finally be able to use the helmet you loaned me. :)

      June 27, 2013

    • Clint M.

      Excellent - take care of your head - you get one!!

      June 28, 2013

  • Clint M.

    Sounds like fun Richard but I'll be on the Hiwassee.

    June 27, 2013

  • Dr. B.

    I've already planned my own birthday party for July 20th but really want to do this...so please schedule again.

    June 26, 2013

  • Gabriel G.

    How will our vehicles be transported?

    June 26, 2013

    • Richard G.

      You will drive and park it at the take out. This was an important part of the planning for the event and will be explained the morning we meet.

      June 26, 2013

  • Anne B.

    I've been waiting all year for this event!!!!

    June 26, 2013

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