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Overnight on the Etowah

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]

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  • Elisabeth S.

    It's 3am and i am checking for new pictures and posts on Meetup? It must have been a memoranle trip.
    Thank Y'alls For the great weekend. What next, Richard?

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Richard G.

    Pictures posted. These are all from this weekend. Some will bring back wonderful memories, some will touch your heart of this scenic and beautiful river and some will make you laugh. These pictures are for you. Each picture can be clicked on to enlarge twice. Enjoy them and thanks again for going on and being part of this fabulous weekend Etowah kayak / camping event

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Linda W.

    What an awesome weekend! working on culling down the pictures from 400 to something reasonable. Thanks Richard for a great trip and thanks to everyone for being fun and so great to hang out with.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Richard G.

    The trip was fantastic thanks to everyone's participation. Regardless how well a trip is planned it is the attendees who make the trip pleasurable and memorable so to all of you, I applaud and thank you. Mow that we are back to bathrooms w/lights, flushing toilets and hot running water, soft beds and the internet may the memories and lessons from this weekend entertain and help you. Again it was my pleasure to be your guide. Sincerely, Richard Pictures (maybe not all 185) will be posted by midnight

    October 20, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Another fantasic trip, thanks to all and especially Richard, Steve and Linda for all you've done making this weekend AWESOME.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Bobby M.

    Thanks Richard for clearing the way.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Tracey J.

    Had a blast, thanks so much to all of you for a wonderful event!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Don

    Great job leading this event and getting me back to camping after a 3 decade long hiatus! Hope to be back for future paddles with you and fellow paddlers. Met some nice folks this weekend.

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Steve H.

    How do you have a very successful meetup gathering? Answer: 1. Have a dedicated conscientious organizer. 2. Have an interesting or exciting event subject. 3. Have a terrific, social, intelligent, involved group to sign up and attend. (After all, the attendees are important) 4. Have great weather. 5 star event.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Martin

    A wonderful trip with great people overcame mediocre weather.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Margot S.

    What a really great weekend. Thank you so much Richard, Linda and Steve for all the hard work preparing for this and for all the planning that went into it Richard!!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Anne B.

    I think I just might make it to rhis trip! Getting better everyday! Had a bizarre dream about this trip...but all were smiling and having a great time!

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Linda W.

      You are still in, right?!?

      October 18, 2013

    • Anne B.

      Yessssss!!!!!

      October 18, 2013

  • Tracey J.

    Yay, very excited about tom! Looking forward to seeing all of you again as well as meeting new people. Pack your long johns it's gonna get chilly...lol

    October 17, 2013

  • Francine

    My boss ended up changing my weekend plans for me afterall :-(.

    October 16, 2013

  • Mirna C

    okay I canceled...Not happy about it but I did it. I'll be thinking about how much fun you are having while I pack away my belongings. Have fun and be safe...

    October 14, 2013

    • Richard G.

      We'll miss you but there will be other trips in the future when your timing is better.

      October 14, 2013

  • Mirna C

    Sorry need to cancel, can't be gone the whole weekend...my house sold and I need to move by 10/22 (closing got moved) hate too miss this one .

    October 14, 2013

    • Anne B.

      Good luck Mirna...youll be missed

      October 14, 2013

    • Mirna C

      @ Steve and Margot I appreciate the offer - let you guys know. Yes, the buyer wanted to secure the lower interest rate and to do that we need to close 10/21. PODS is taking my stuff to storage 10/22 until I find the Condo I want - moving with my sister for couple of months.

      October 14, 2013

  • Francine

    Getting excited! Just want to clarify - no mention of Saturday breakfast above - we need to supply our breakfast that morning, correct? Thanks!

    October 8, 2013

  • Elisabeth S.

    I wonder if the monster mushroom is waiting for us?

    October 11, 2013

    • Linda W.

      Hey Elisabeth! Glad you are going. No, the mushroom is MIA. The tree fell over!

      1 · October 12, 2013

    • Richard G.

      It's about time you signed up. Been wondering where you were. Now I'm happy.

      1 · October 13, 2013

  • Richard G.

    The campsite is calling. Leaves raked, fire pit cleaned, firewood cut, hauled downriver and stacked at the campsite waiting for you.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Tracey J.

    Has anyone heard about the "cold-front" coming in by next weekend? Temps in the 40's, this is going to be perfect, yes chilly as hell but perfect camping weather. Getting excited!

    2 · October 12, 2013

  • Allen

    Damn, love to go but already have a commitment that weekend. Enjoy!

    September 11, 2013

    • Linda W.

      Dearest Margo - she is definitely the group diplomat. We will miss you Steve. And Allen.

      1 · September 12, 2013

    • Mirna C

      Allen we will miss you ... BTW if you figure out how to be in two places at the same time ... bottle that sucker and sell it - I'll collect from you later for giving you the idea. Take care...

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • Tracey J.

    Have my kayak reserved so I'm now ready to join in the fun!! See y'all soon!

    September 21, 2013

  • Beth B.

    Looking Forward to This Trip

    September 14, 2013

  • cindy

    Charge is minimal for all you get. This is 2 full days on the river plus camping. There will be plenty you can eat that is not wheat or dairy.

    September 11, 2013

  • Dr. B.

    Would love to do this but I am already leading a 3 day camping trip to Lake Winfield Scott for SOA that same exact weekend

    September 11, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Barbara, me too. While I won't be camping with anyone that weekend, I will be in the final seminar of my career at Amicolola Falls State Park.

      1 · September 11, 2013

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