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I have added/updated information for this event. Please keep the following in mind: 1- Please make sure that your RSVP is kept current. If you take the time to sign up, please make sure you also take the time to let us know if your plans have changed and that you won't be able to make it. 2- Please be respectful of others. We're here to have fun, enjoy the river and the outdoors. We're not here to gossip about others, have lengthy political discussions, etc. 3-Most people are already aware of this, but if you aren't, no glass on the river. The above "suggestions" should be easy enough to follow. The float will start Saturday morning at Pettit's Canoe Rental. That's also where we'll be camping for the weekend. I've floated the North Fork many times over the years, but I've never tried this place. Seems like a good place, though. It's clean and right on the river. Pettit's will shuttle kayaks and canoes 10 miles upstream to the put in point at Hammond Camp. From there we'll float back to the campground at Petit's. Ten miles takes about six hours float time. I float at a leisurely pace, and I stop to check out springs, rock formations, take pictures, etc. Sunday we can either float downstream from Pettit's or repeat the section we did on Saturday. We can leave that decision open and decide that when we are there. Since the trip is still three months away, I'm going to hold off on making plans for meals except to say that lunch for Saturday is on the river and up to you. North Fork is a beautiful river, and usually not crowded. A bit of a drive, but well worth the effort!
Looking for some hearty souls to enjoy the upper section of the Eleven Point River. This section has been unavailable for some time due to flooding and other issues, but everything should be good to go now. The upper river is seldom floated, yet absolutely a charm! Springs that most people never see are waiting for you. But, the first day may be a long one, so be advised! 17 miles. We'll put in at Thomasville, and float down to Greer Crossing Campground, where we'll be camping. If water levels are low, we'll put in at Cane Bluff and float down to Greer. At this point, I'm looking to see who might be interested. Please don't RSVP if you aren't seriously considering this float! More specific details to follow.
A few notes: If you RSVP, you should be reasonably sure that you will be attending this trip. As always, keep your RSVP up to date. There will be a fireworks show Thursday night. I would advise those who might like to bring there dogs not to do so this time. No fireworks or glass on the river! The North Fork is always a good float. We'll pass four springs on the way. McKee bridge is a good photo opportunity. The Falls are a good run. I've floated this river on the 4th of July before. It's busy, but not crowded. Water quality is excellent. I'm planning on floating Thursday, the usual ten mile run from Hammond and ending at Sunburst Ranch. Sunburst Ranch was virtually wiped out from the flood of 2017, but is back up and running. $40.00/ day for canoes. $35.00/day for kayaks. The same rate applies for shuttling. Camping $10.00/person/day. We'll be able to take our time and make the most of this river. I think it's one of the best in the state. There are two trophy trout areas.