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Let's paddle the Chattahoochee, Sec. 6 ('MetroHooch'­­)!

In the absence of rains for some other tantalizing runs, MetroHooch always has a little Class I-II bounce for us. Bring plenty of water, some food, sunscreen, hat, etc.
Here's AWA's tab to find put-in: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/474/#tab-directions
. Here is AWA's description of this sweet local stretch--a few miles-- of the Chattahoochee River: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/474/#main
Just below the put-in is the Interstate 285 bridge over the river. On river right there is a very small wave hole under the bridge which is a good place for novices to practice surfing. After this is a long stretch of flatwater. Next up is a riverwide series of small ledges. At flows over 1500 cfs the best surfing is on river left. Most of the flow goes far right through a class II chute with good eddies on both sides. A few hundred yards beyond, the second set of ledges is rocky with a fast chute down the middle and a number of good eddies to the sides. Known locally as the "Devil's Racecourse", this is a very good place for novices to practice swiftwater ferrys and eddys. At higher flows most of the rocks disappear underwater; follow the flow left of center. The pool on river left at the bottom of the chute is great for roll practice. Below the pool the river is divided by an island. Most of the water goes down the left side of the island and forms a nice wavetrain with a couple of surfable holes. Eddy behind the island and ferry far right across some more small islands and ledges to get to a park service picnic area, with restrooms. This is a very scenic spot and probably the best choice of lunch stop on this section; also is a good place to hike out if necessary - follow the downriver trail uphill to get back to civilization. On river left across the pool is the diving rock, obvious in the summer by the presence of locals diving into the river from the higher of the two cliffs. The lower cliff makes a fun seal launch for kayakers. After this the river bends to the left and goes over the third series of ledges. This set is similar to the first; most of the flow going far right, but there are plenty of alternate routes down. The abundant rocks create many small playspots...

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  • Allen

    An absolutely fantastic way to get the 4th of July started right!!! Thank you Andy!

    July 4, 2014

  • Veronica

    I understand. Next time perhaps. Thank you Andy.

    July 4, 2014

  • Veronica

    I have not boat. Can I still join you?

    July 3, 2014

  • Robby S.

    How many miles is this float?

    July 3, 2014

    • John M.

      This section is approximately 3 miles. It can be run in under an hour or you can take advantage of the play spots and make it last most of the day. This is the section us locals refer to as "The Metro Hooch". Where all the WW boaters go to practice. The rapids are not big, but they are close to home.

      July 3, 2014

    • Sonia

      Hi Allen - I think that Andy just did a short run tomorrow since it is a holiday and people would still have the rest of the day to do July 4th holiday stuff.

      July 3, 2014

  • Erika

    Sonia- i have a single boat, paddle and pfd available tomorrow if you are interested; let me know before I load up around 7 pm tonight

    July 3, 2014

    • Sonia

      Erika - That is so generous of you! I appreciate the offer because I know it takes quite an effort to load up all the gear, especially double the gear. My friend as I type is off to get a sit-on-top, paddle and he has a PFD. All is good. Looking forward to it, for all of us our first AAP trip.

      July 3, 2014

    • Erika

      Fun! See you bright and early tomorrow!

      July 3, 2014

  • Ash L.

    Hey Erika. I can go if I can borrow your boat.

    July 2, 2014

    • Erika

      No worries thanks for letting me know

      July 3, 2014

    • Ash L.

      You're very welcome. I'm just afraid I would be tired for work. I really want to do one of these meetups though. Seems like such a great time!

      July 3, 2014

  • Sonia

    Does anyone have an extra PFD?

    July 2, 2014

    • Jim

      I do.

      1 · July 3, 2014

    • Sonia

      Thanks so much Jim, this is my first AAP trip.

      1 · July 3, 2014

  • Ash L.

    Will confirm tomorrow.

    July 2, 2014

  • Erika

    I have an extra boat if anyone needs one

    July 2, 2014

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