This will be water dependent! Pray for NO more rain!
THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP, IF YOU CANNOT PADDLE
CLASS II, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.
As of now the levels on this section are within safe ranges. Higher than normal for this time of year, but low enough to still be safe. I have paddled it higher than it is today. Heck, at this level it is a real class II river and Chuck Shoals is a blast!
If the gauge listed here is below 6.5 feet and dropping at 8:00 am Saturday morning, July 6th, the trip is a go. If it is higher and rising, this trip will also be washed out like most of the others this weekend. STOP DOING THOSE DARN RAIN DANCES, THEY ARE WORKING!
PFDs are MANDATORY! . If you are not willing to WEAR one,
please do not sign up for this trip! IF you run the falls, A
HELMET IS MANDATORY!!
I have paddled this section of the Etowah many times over the years with water levels from low to high. It is always a fun paddle.
IF you sign up for this trip, please check the site late early Saturday for any updates or changes. Our eye is always on the weather and the river gauges!
This section is suitable for WW or Rec Kayaks and of course open boats. You should be comfortable paddling Class II's if you plan to join us. When we did this trip in December 2012 , 7 of 14 people ran the falls which has a III+ to IV rating, depending on water levels. Helmets and spray skirts are recommended for this trip just because of the number of ledges and rocks.
The Outside World will be doing the shuttle, boats and paddlers, so our cars will be safe in their parking lot. Please bring $5.00 cash, exact change for the shuttle.
From there it is not far to the put in. We will paddle the upper section of the Etowah from Hwy 52 down to Castelberry Bridge. We will leave the parking lot as soon as everyone arrives but no later than 10:15 am so please be on time, early is better!
For those of you who have never been on this part of the river, this paddle takes us over several class II's before Etowah Falls, a Class III-IV (this can be portaged of course). After the Falls, there are several more fun II's. This is about 8 miles and we will be on the water around 4+ hours, depending on how much we play.
As usual, dress for the water and the air. Layers, and waterproof outer gear are best of course. Bring lots to drink and a lunch. We always stop at the Falls for lunch.
If you have any questions, Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, that way mail boxes of other members are not filled with things they have no interest in. Or you can always call me, I always love to talk to fellow rats about paddling. [masked]
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