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Hiwassee River Guided Trip (class II fun) Saturday

This is why we recommend

spray skirts, and flotation

bags, and require helmets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read this event description ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE so you'll know what to bring, what to wear, what our rules and recommendations are.

*** READ BEFORE PAYING****

If you need a rental boat, simply change the amount of the payment from $35 to $85 when you sign up for this trip.

 

 

This is NOT a beginner-friendly trip. There are Class 1 and 2+ rapids on the Hiwassee River, so some river kayaking experience is required for this trip.

(If you are a kayak class grad or intermediate class grad you will be fine.)

The water is cool and usually very clear.  The Hiwassee River is dam-controlled, so the level stays about the same year-round. This is a 5+ hour paddle (about a 5.5+ mile paddle downstream). We will be moving slow, playing in the rapids, ferrying and surfing.

TO BRING WITH YOU/TO WEAR:

*  It may be a bit chilly so polypropolyene or smart wool underwear is advisable and either a light weight rain jacket or splash top. I normally wear a farmer john wetsuit.   Dress to get wet and stay warm.

Every single thing in your boat will get wet on this trip.  Anything you bring must be securely attached to your PFD, boat or to you.

*  If you are bringing your own boat, a spray skirt, either nylon or neoprene, is highly recommended.  Helmets are required. I always wear one on this river.  I have extra helmets if you need one.

*  Sunscreen, & sunglasses if you like (with chums or strings to hold them on).

*  Your snacks/small lunch and beverages/water in a small 6-pack size (lunch-size) flexible cooler. Pack a couple of zip-lock freezer bags and/or a dry-bag for your valuables and trash. Double-ziploc freezer bag your sandwich/snacks/ valuables inside your cooler.  Double-bagging is always safer. But remember, if it is important, ziploc bags are not water proof!

Towel(s), a dry change of clothes/shoes/comb/brush.  You will leave these items in your vehicle while we're on the river.  *  Any meds you may need for the day.

Directions to Webb Brothers are included below.  Don't trust your GPS. Also, keep John's cell number with you,[masked] but know that cell coverage is spotty at best and usually non existent.

 

We'll find a spot on the river to stop and enjoy our picnic about halfway down the river on a beach or island, so bring a small lunch or some snacks. We'll go wading and swimming. It's really a fantastic way to spend a day.

We will meet you at Webb Brothers Texaco in Reliance, Tennessee at 9:00 am.  Please be on time. It takes about 2-1/2 to 3 hours to get to Reliance, TN, but please allow extra time for traffic and unexpected events! Dam release starts at 10 am, we want to be at the put in and ready to paddle by then.

Weather: As with most outdoor events, pouring rain or storms may cause us to delay or reschedule. Keep in mind, a little rain won't stop us, but check this website before you leave home for the trip.

Very Important!!!

There is camping at Hiwassee Outfitters as well as numerous parks in the area. There are also nice cabin rentals in the area.  If you are planning on staying over Friday, Saturday or Sunday night and are interested in sharing a cabin, put that in the remarks and you might find someone to split the cost with you.

If you want to carpool, please note on your RSVP something like "I live in Marietta and want to ride with someone" or "I live in Woodstock and have room for two adventurers in my car".  Members can contact each other thru Meetup about carpooling but put your contact number in the remarks to make it easier.

Lastly, please be sure to ' rate the Meetup' afterward. Your 5-star rating and fun, positive comment means a lot to us, your Organizers and Hosts.

Directions from the Atlanta area: Take I-75 North to Cartersville/White Exit , Exit 293,(U.S. 411).  Go north on Hwy. 411 through Benton, Tennessee.  Watch out for speed traps!  Six miles north of Benton, turn right on TN 30 East.  Follow Tn 30 East for 6+ miles to Webb Brothers Texaco on the left on the bank of the Hiwassee.

Fees:

If you have your own boat, AND IT HAS REAR FLOATATION, either a dry hold or float bags, you can use it and your cost for the trip will be $35.00.  If you need a rental boat, add $50 for a total of $85.00. The boat will be delivered to the river so you do not have to pick it up or return it to an outfitter.

I do have 3 types of cross over boats, Jackson Rogues (9 and 10 ft), Wavesport Ethos (9 and 10 ft) and a Liquid Logic Coupe, sit on top.  Boats will be assigned on a first come first serve basis so it is important to sign up early and put your boat choice in your answers. Call if you have questions about the boats.  I also have the rec boats like you used in our classes.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Miller [masked]

Kayak Instructor, WFA, SWR

See you on the Hiwassee River!

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  • Moe C.

    Thanks John and crew for a wonderful trip! As a beginner paddler, I feel very safe on your trips.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • John M.

    Just curious several folks have asked where anyone is camping. They are trying to link up. So, if you are camping, share the info? If you want to carpool, also share the info with a phone number.

    August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Pete and I are camping at Hiwassee outfitters. We have two tents at the campsite, but supposedly have room for one more tent if anyone wants to put up a tent with us.

      August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have any flotation bags I can put in my kayak so John doesn't have to chase my kayak this time and save it from sinking?

    August 28, 2013

    • John M.

      Did you decide not to Jon us?

      August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was busy at work today I want to do Saturday I'm off work. How should I do this now and can I use a flotation?

      August 29, 2013

  • Chris N.

    Hi all! There was a Rick slide on Hwy 64 & a section of the road is CLOSED. The detour is quite long! Please plan on using Hwy 411 as an alternative, and allow plenty of extra time!

    August 29, 2013

    • John M.

      Tammy, take the time to read the ENTIRE description. The directions are in there. And that route does not take you by the Ocoee on hwy 64.

      August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did read the description...just didn't remember the route. Last time I went up 411 to Benton and came across, but stayed in Ocoee and came in a back way.

      August 29, 2013

  • Jenny B.

    Slipped disc! Super painful and so sorry to miss this trip!

    August 29, 2013

  • Karen H.

    Leeann is a grad of the beginner kayak class, and I will be after Aug. 24th.

    August 12, 2013

  • Pete G.

    So who is camping and where?

    August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm planning to. Got any suggestions?

      August 8, 2013

  • Jenny B.

    Can I use one of the rogues and skirt and helmet? Saturday only. Thanks!

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, are you reserving the bunk house?
    If anyone wants to carpool, I'm coming from Atlanta

    August 4, 2013

    • John M.

      Not arranging bunkhouse. Everyone is on their own for camping or cabins.

      August 4, 2013

11 went

  • John M. +1
    Instructor, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Kristin H.
    Kayak Course Grad
  • Chris N.
    Assistant Instructor, Assistant Organizer
  • Clint M.
    Assistant Instructor, SWR
  • Dian
    Assistant Instructor, SWR
  • Pete G.
    Kayak Course Grad
  • Mike D.
    Kayak Course Grad
  • Moe C. +1
    Kayak Course Grad
  • A former member

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