What we're about

Our group is for people who are interested in learning how to kayak but just do not know where to start. And for people who have a little experience but want to improve and get on the water more.

No boat? No problem, we have them. All necessary equipment is part of our package, We offer classes taught by American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors with an emphasis on having fun while staying safe. Our sessions are not in a class room but are taught under the trees and on the river in your own personal floating work station. (a kayak of course)

There is no age limitation on this sport, people are kayaking across the country and around the world from age 4 to 80! We will also be offering guided trips on various rivers throughout the year for folks who do not have boats or who just do not feel ready to paddle on their own.

Thank you,

John Miller

Upcoming events (5+)

Paddle with the Manatees, 5 nights, 4 days, 4 rivers,,,,,,

Chassahowitzka River Campground

TO REGISTER PLEASE GO TO: www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-with-the-manatees-5-nights-4-days-4-rivers-tickets[masked] Leave winter behind, come with us to Florida!! 4 different rivers on 4 different days. IMPORTANT!!!!!!! You must go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-with-the-manatees-5-nights-4-days-4-rivers-tickets[masked] to register and pay. You do not have a spot until you complete this step. If you have never experienced a close encounter with these gentle giants you have really missed out. We will drive down on Tuesday the 12th, and will be paddling Wednesday the 13th, Thursday the 14th, Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th with a checkout on Sunday the 17th. We have a lot of rivers to choose from and the final decision about where to paddle will be made closer to the trip. Some of the rivers will be weather dependent. Rivers on our list include the Homosassa, Chassahowitzka, Crystal, Weeki Wachee and the Rainbow Rivers. I cannot imagine paddling these rivers and not encountering Manatees along with many other types of wildlife. You can choose to paddle with us all four days or any combination but the price for the trip is the same regardless of how many days you paddle. We have three options for this trip; Option one: We have a luxury Riverside house reserved with limited spaces. Check in Tuesday. The house is on the Homosassa River just down stream from Homosassa Springs. It has a private pool, private boat dock, huge kitchen and dining room. The cost of option one is $550 per person or $1100 per couple sharing a private bedroom. That fee includes the paddle trips, a bed in the house and breakfast Wednesday through Sunday. (We will also be doing some dinners at the house, days to be determined.) It also includes any entry fee, parking fees or shuttle fees that we have to pay on this trip. The house sleeps 14. Option two: Camp at the Chassahowitzka River Campground. We have campsites reserved for Tuesday night February the 12th to Sunday February the 17th. The cost of option two is $175 per person. That fee includes the paddle trips, your campsite and any entry fees, parking fees or shuttle fees that we have to pay on this trip. We have room for 20 in our sites. Option Three: Your provide you own lodging and meet us for the paddling. The cost of option three is $125. That fee includes the paddle trips, any entry fees, parking fees or shuttle fees that we have to pay on this trip. There are many hotels in the area ranging from affordable to luxurious. You will receive an itinerary before the trip with meeting places for the trips. A LIMITED NUMBER OF RENTAL BOATS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR $95.00 EACH, THAT IS FOR ALL 4 DAYS, THE BOATS WILL BE TRANSPORTED BETWEEN RIVERS. Tandem boats are also available for $125.. We will have opportunities to swim with the Manatees,,, it gets chilly. Wet suits, mask and snorkels recommended. This is a kid friendly trip. More details will be emailed as we get closer to trip time. Questions: JOHN MILLER email: [masked] or call:[masked]

Etowah River, Dawson Forest Section (9 Miles)FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIP!!

Etowah Scenic River Park


Spring is right around the corner. This will be our last "WINTER" paddle so come on out!! Let's paddle, swim, hike to the water falls and play on the rope swing. This is a beginner and kid friendly trip for sure. We watch the weather and river levels very carefully. The decision to go or cancel due to weather is made the night before at approximately 6:00 pm so check your email for updates the night before and before you leave your house Sunday morning. If you have your own boat the cost of the guided trip is $35.00 per person. IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT THE TOTAL FOR THE DAY IS $70.00, $35 FOR THE TRIP, $35 FOR THE BOAT. The boat is delivered and picked up for you so it is very convenient. Just put in the appropriate amount when you are prompted to pay IF YOU NEED A BOAT BE SURE TO CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $70.00 WHEN YOU SIGN UP. BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers, soft 6 pack size works fine), plenty of water, a snack/protein bar, and sunscreen. What to WEAR: water shoes (no flip flops), quick-dry clothing (not cotton or denim), hat (optional). DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!!!!! A light weight rain jacket will keep you dry and warm even if it does not rain. All GLASSES/Sunglasses must be secured by a cord. There is a possibility of loss. ...Keep reading to ensure you have all the information necessary to enjoy the class... This 9-mile paddle on the Etowah run takes you through Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and past Shoal Creek, the proposed site of a massive dam & reservoir project that would impact flows on the Etowah and habitat for endangered fish species. For those that have not paddled this section, it is beautiful and suitable for beginners. Do not be surprised if we have to dodge a few strainers. We will stop by a cool water fall. A true "Kodak moment". This is not a race. We will be moving slow, playing in eddies, watching for wildlife, swimming in the cool waters, picnicking by the river, etc, etc. Please arrive at The River Park NO LATER than 9:00 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded NO LATER than 9:00 am. We will organize our shuttle arrangements at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot by 9:15. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00. We will be stopping for Mexican Food on the way home if you want to join us. More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip. John Miller [masked]

Okefenokee Gator Hunt, See the swamp in the Spring WITHOUT MOSQUITOES!!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me. [masked] This is a beginner friendly trip. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRELY BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS TRIP. REGISTRATION IS GOING TO BE TRICKY! YOU WILL HAVE TO GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/okefenokee-gator-hunt-spring-in-the-swamp-tickets-53227866983 TO REGISTER AND PAY. YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPOT UNTIL YOU TAKE THAT STEP. I first visited the Okefenokee in 2016 and am truly sorry I did not go sooner. My wife and I fell in love with it and will go back at least once a year as long as I can walk or be carried!! The Okefenokee contains many types of habitat – islands, lakes, cypress forests, scrub-shrub areas and open ‘wet’ prairies. We might see sandhill cranes and bald eagles. In November the swamp should be changing and getting ready for winter. As we paddle through the swamp, keep a lookout for alligators, deer, white ibis, herons, egrets and maybe even a black bear. We will paddle different sections of the swamp on Friday and Saturday and possibly a Black Water Lake Sunday on the way home. We will be leaving the boats to explore some islands and have lunch on dry land. We will get off the water early enough Sunday for you to drive home. This is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta. We will be staying in the beautiful Eco-Lodge. The Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, just north of the Suwanee River, and is managed by the Stephen C. Foster State Park. The Eco-Lodge is a conference center with a commercial kitchen, meeting room and 10 cottages, each in a beautiful, natural, private location. There will be no other guests at the Eco-Lodge besides us! This facility is as nice as anything I have ever stayed at. There are 4 efficiency cabins that each have one double bed. 4 efficiency cabins that have 2 double beds. (Efficiency means one large room with separate bathroom) Since none of the cabins have twin beds, filling each of them is going to get tricky. Hopefully we will have 4 couples that take the 1 bed efficiencies. The two bed efficiencies are suitable for families since they will sleep up to 4 people. I know many of you will be coming alone and will not want to share a bed so we will pair you up with a same sex roommate. Because of the bed situation we could have from 20 to 40 people on this trip. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME AS WE TRY TO ASSIGN BEDS AND MAXIMIZE PARTICIPATION. If you want to join us on the trip and make your own arrangements to stay somewhere else, camping, hotel, etc, that is fine also. You will simply need to purchase a ticket and let me know where you will be staying. Even if you stay off site your evening meals with the group are included. Cost of the trip is $175 per adult, $75 per child under 16. That fee will include a catered meal Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You will be responsible for breakfast and lunch. The kitchens make that easy! (This fee does not include your cabin or boat rental) IF YOU WANT TO SHARE A CABIN WITH A FRIEND, BUT NOT SHARE THE BED, YOU ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT AND PUT SOMEONE ON THE FLOOR IN A SLEEPING BAG OR ON THE COUCH. ONE PERSON RENTS THE CABIN, EVERYONE BUYS A TICKET. JUST MAKE SURE I KNOW YOU ARE DOING THAT. YOU CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS DOING IT THIS WAY. The 1 bed efficiencies will rent for $375 for all 3 nights. These units sleep 2 people. The efficiencies with 2 double beds will rent for $495 for three nights. These cabins sleep up to 4 people. If you are coming by yourself and want to be matched up with a room mate the cost will be $250 for three nights. If you have a preferred room mate let me know when you register and I will make sure you are paired up. Tandem (2 person) sit on top kayaks will be available to rent for $95 for the weekend. Single kayaks (sit inside) kayaks will be available to rent for $75 for the weekend. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP. John Miller,[masked]

Basic River Kayak Class. (4/20) FIRST CLASS OF 2019

CRNRA Johnson Ferry North


We watch the weather and the Dam release schedules very closely. Sometimes we do have to reschedule. The decision is usually made the night before the class around 6 pm. It is imperative that you check your email late the night before or first thing in the morning of the class for any last minute changes. The class we teach is the "Essentials of River Kayak" as approved by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Classes will be taught by an experienced ACA certified instructor. We provide a boat, PFD and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00pm. BRING: lunch (no coolers except small soft shell ones), plenty of water, a snack/protein bar, and sunscreen. What do we do: equipment and safety overview, stoke/paddling technique/boat control practice, learn to 'read the river' and use its currents to your advantage, get WET...most importantly, we have FUN! What to WEAR: water shoes (no flip flops), quick-dry clothing (not cotton or denim), hat (optional). This is an introductory class in which you will learn the skills needed to become a competent recreational paddler on lakes and easy rivers. This is for brand new paddlers or paddlers with a little experience that want to take their skills to the next level. After mastering these skills, transitioning to white water paddling becomes much easier if you decide to follow that route. Course Description: THIS IS AN ALL DAY CLASS. WE NORMALLY GET BACK TO THE CARS BETWEEN 5:00 AND 6:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Johnson Ferry Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. We cover basic paddle strokes and boat control before moving down the river. We stop for lunch somewhere down stream around 1-1:30 so eat a good breakfast and maybe bring a granola bar to keep you going. After lunch it is back to the water where we continue to practice our skills. You will be learning boat control in class I and I+ rapids. Our take out point will be Paces Mill Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids which means you can paddle the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Florida! Expect to spend approximately 1 hour in a riverside class, then approximately 5-6 hours on the river. We will furnish the boat, the paddle and the PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) or you can use your own equipment. If you have your own equipment, I recommend bringing it so you can practice with what you normally use. You will need to bring a lunch, plenty of drinks and of course sun screen. (ice chests do not fit in the boats unless they are the very small soft type) Dress to get wet. Cotton and denim are the two worst things you can wear. If you have a light weight rain jacket, it is always a good idea to have it with you. Good water shoes are recommended. FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED! Shoes without laces are best. Sunglasses should be on a safety cord. Assume that everything you bring to the river will get wet. ZIPLOC bags are not water proof. Your instructor will have water proof bags for any items that might get damaged by water. We do not teach the kayak roll in this class. If you have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked] ([masked])

Past events (647)

Paddle with the Manatees during Christmas break!!!!

Chassahowitzka River Campground


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