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Last minute trip!!!! Let's paddle the Etowah Falls section!

  • Jul 6, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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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!

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/uv/?site_no=02388900&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00062

 

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 kayakclassesga@gmail.com, 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]

Please answer the questions!

Thanks,
John Miller
Kayak Instructor

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  • Kristin H.

    It was a blast! Great group of people!

    July 9, 2013

  • Mirna C

    wow ... this looks scary - Have fun! see you next time.

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Tammy, anyone that paddles this section of the Etowah, falls or not, at high water has the courage of a riverboat gambler.

      July 7, 2013

    • Tammy L

      Then i'm glad no one told me it was supposed to be scary

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • John M.

    Part 2: Because of the offerings the river gods blessed us with a great day. We had 3 falls runners with no mishaps, (swims are not mishaps). Kudos to Stuart, Kristen and Steve who entertained us by nailing the falls. To top off a perfect day, Steve shared a watermelon at the takeout that survived the falls in his dry hold! He bent his boat, but did not crack the melon!

    Paddle safe, but paddle somewhere!

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Steve H.

      John, I used a spare helmet for the green melon too. Those things work. lol

      2 · July 7, 2013

  • Deborah

    Looks like fun! I am going to have to pray for more rain so I can do the Etowah at this level . Looks great!
    I might even get a chance to do my first "boof" at Etowah Falls, right, Steve?
    Thanks for sharing the great photos and video on FB also.

    July 7, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Deb, I wanna be there to see that.

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • John M.

    Levels were high and the river was hopping.

    The weatherman missed and we had a perfect paddling day. The river gods do like their offerings and our group did make some sacrifices, a skeg off of an XP at chuck shoals, oops. Forgot it was down. A flooded I phone at chuck shoals, oops, that little built in "dry" compartment in my kayak is not really dry? And a paddle upstream before the takeout. Oops, tell me again why you should hang onto your paddle when you decide to count fish? And the very reason one should have a spare paddle in the boat! We had 3 spares in the group so we were good to go.

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Terrific paddle. This is a beautiful river with great and beautiful paddlers. A lot of water at Etowah Falls, but I finally did it. At today's flows it was a technical Class 18 falls. No one present was in charge of making sure I didn't do stupid things, so I was on my own. lol

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Steve H.

    John, I'm closer to the put in than Outside World. If it's ok with you, I'll meet the group at the Hwy. 9 bridge and continue the paddle past Castleberry Bridge to the cabin. Is the group going anywhere after the paddle?

    July 5, 2013

  • Glen S.

    Anyone want to carpool? I'm in Stone Mountain and go 285 to 400 to get to Outside World

    July 5, 2013

    • Glen S.

      Let's meet at Arby's at 9:00

      July 5, 2013

    • Glen S.

      Tammy - do you want to carpool? If so, please call me at[masked] to arrange time and place.

      July 5, 2013

  • Clint M.

    Chris - is your "picture" next to your name how you felt yesterday?

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Chris N.

      Nah, just playing to see if anyone is paying attention

      1 · July 5, 2013

    • Clint M.

      Practicing your roll????

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • John M.

    I will have extra helmets.

    July 5, 2013

  • Tammy L

    John...I'm not sure my paddle is right for this river..can I rent/borrow one?

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, my flight from Mexico City was canceled. so I cannot attend.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time for me to paddle the Etowah River. Wanted to do this one for a long time. Lets do it. Does anybody have a spare helmet by any chance? if so, I would like to borrow it for this trip. Thanks! See you all on Saturday: hopefully!!

    July 5, 2013

  • Deborah

    Sounds fun. I am still a go for Hiwassee with Nashville group tomorrow. Let me know if you do something Sunday.

    July 5, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Hell yeah. If still alive, I'll return Clint's helmet back to him, if no, Clint, take if off my cold dead body. lol

    2 · July 5, 2013

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