The Etowah River Experiences’
"Overnight on the Etowah"
Kayak Camping Trip
Friday night, Saturday & Sunday
October 18, 19 & 20, 2013
Registration $65.00 Limited to 20 paddlers
Registration includes: Catered Bar-B-Q Friday night, Lunch Saturday, Parking, Round trip shuttle, River Map, Boat decal, Special permission to camp in Dawson Forest. T-shirt
Come join this adventurous event and experience an outdoor camping river trip. No paddling or camping experience necessary but both are helpful. A proposed list of food & gear is available (upon request) and a river kayaking instructor will be on the trip to assist.
All gear (paddling, camping, food and water) must be carried in your kayak for Saturday afternoon until Sunday's finish. After the lunch stop Saturday we will be in a remote wilderness area of Dawson Forest.
Food: You will need food and drink for supper Saturday night, breakfast Sunday morning, lunch on Sunday and snacks along the way.
This is a ‘Wilderness River Trip’ where you have the opportunity to see some of Dawson County’s rarely seen beauty. Enjoy and experience the Etowah River as we paddle and camp on the river bank in Dawson Forest WMA (Wildlife Management Area). Property on either side of the river is either; private, county utility, WMA or U.S. Forest.
Total river mileage for the weekend: 21.3 miles with a 10.6 mile paddle to the campsite Saturday and a 10.7 mile paddle on Sunday. This is an easy 21 mile paddle and should take less than 5 paddling hours each day
Friday evening we will be meeting in Dawson County's Rock Creek Park starting a 4:00pm where we will set up our tents and camp for the night behind a large pavilion. Water, bathrooms, electricity and picnic tables are at the pavilion. A catered Bar-B-Q dinner will be served starting at 6:00pm. T
On Saturday morning the real fun begins as we load our gear and boats for the shuttle to the river. We’ll have a short bus ride to the Ga 53 Bridge. The river is rated for beginners with a few shoals. Paddling is a water sport so you should plan on getting wet even though this is a gentle river. Hopefully it will be a beautiful fall day. Watch the weather report and BE PREPARED. If it rains then we’ll just have to paddle in the rain. On this first day we’ll paddle 4.6 miles to Dawson County’s Scenic Etowah River Park for a catered sandwich lunch. Gear will be loaded into kayaks at this lunch stop. Afterward we’ll paddle 6 miles to our campsite in the Dawson Forest WMA where we’ll set up our tents for our overnight stay. The campsite is located along the river between a waterfall and the river and we’ll have a campfire.
On Sunday, after breakfast we’ll pack-up and clean-up the campsite. Environmental awareness should be part of everyone’s agenda so let’s be good stewards and leave nothing behind but footprints. We’ll paddle the last 10.7 miles of our river trip to the Old Federal Hwy Bridge and take-out.
On a river trip everything doesn’t always go the way we want it to. Just deal with it the best you can and have fun. Don’t expect anything and everything will be fine. Time is priceless so please let it stop for this weekend and step back to the good ole days where you relax and enjoy life without all of the modern conveniences. Please No TVs, radios, electronic games, IPODs or computers.
Ga 53 Bridge mile 0 Put-in
Hwy 9 Bridge mile 4.6 There is a port-o-let at this River Park
Campsite mile 10.6 There will be a portable toilet at the campsite
Kelly Mill Bridge mile 14.2 There is a port-o-let in the parking lot
Old Federal Hwy Br mile 21.3 Take-out There is no port-o-let here
Everything you want dry should be in waterproof dry bags. Please have your glasses/sunglasses on a leash and don't expect a sandwich bag to protect your valuable cell phone / camera.
If you have any questions please contact Richard Grove at[masked] or e-mail [masked]