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)

We also guide fun adventure trips on southern water ways. All trips are lead by certified guides.

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 (2)

Halloween in the dreaded "TUNNEL OF TERROR" on the Etowah.

The Outside World

$35.00

Costumes encouraged but not required. We are going for Mexican Food afterwards if you want to stay for food and booze,

You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. If this is a concern you can arrange for someone to drop you off then pick you up. I will be glad to discuss this with you.

This trip is water level dependent. If the levels hold between 150 and 350 CFS we will go.

This is NOT a beginner friendly trip. The last time we did this we had to get out of our boats and pull them over big river wide strainers several times. You must be able to get in and out of your boat and help get it over the strainers if we encounter them again. Even with the strainers and the work the trip is always worth it.

PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END!!

This is a guided trip as opposed to a class. Nothing bigger than a class I rapid on this trip but the strainers can be a challenge. It is not for someone who HAS NEVER PADDLED BEFORE. You should be experienced enough to control your boat and negotiate small rapids and then climb over trees if necessary.

Spray skirts are optional, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets.

Cost:

If you have your own boat the fee for the trip is $35.00. That includes the shuttle.

If you need to rent a boat, the fee for the trip will be a total of $70.00. If you need a boat, just change the amount of payment from $35.00 to $70.00 when you register and pay. Rental boats will include a paddle, life jacket and helmet.

If you haven't paddled through the old Gold Mine tunnel then you are in for a real treat. Normally it is a[masked] minute ride through the tunnel and this may be one of the most exciting thing you do kayaking.

Getting to the tunnel. The tunnel is located 3.5 miles below Castleberry Bridge. When we get to the tunnel the river splits. At this point you have two choices, go through or go around. There is a small ledge just past where the river splits and then it is an easy ¾ mile ride around to where the tunnel rejoins the river.

Details of the tunnel. From your kayak seat you should see a small dot of light which is the other end of the tunnel. If you cannot see this light the tunnel may be blocked and we will not be going through.

The ride is absolutely thrilling. It is bumpy, noisy, dark and wet. Noisy and bumpy from the water and or your kayak bouncing on the rough bottom. As you enter the tunnel it gets darker and darker until all you can see is the dot of light at the end. Your kayak will rock and roll as you go through and take on water if you don't have a skirt. There is a drop-off inside the tunnel and part way through the downhill angle changes and the ride gets a little faster. Your paddle will be useless except for pushing yourself away from the wall.

Just before you exit there is a shaft above that leads straight up to open air.

Somewhere in the middle there is a bow in the tunnel on the right side. You probably won't but if you end up in this bow you will not slow down but the light at the end of the tunnel will disappear for a second or two. These seconds will seem like eternity and your blood pressure will soar. Don't worry. You will be in the water flow and will keep going and the light will re-appear. It just scares the h---out of you so you have been fore-warned.

Bring a lunch and we'll find a place to eat.

If you are going to join me on this trip you will be expected to wear your LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES. If you plan on running the tunnel a Helmet is REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets. Spray skirts are optional.

This paddle is open to anything you feel comfortable paddling!

We will meet at The Outside World at 8:30 and organize equipment and our shuttle. Parking is EXTREMELY limited by the river,

Questions to John Miller at[masked] or email at [masked]

Fall in the Okefenokee Swamp,,,,,,,,,,

Online event

Tickets MUST BE purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-in-the-okefenokee-swamp-and-pioneer-days-festival-tickets-161948445159
until you purchase your ticket{s} you are not registered.

REGISTRATION IS GOING TO BE TRICKY!

1. Everyone needs an Event ticket regardless of where you are staying. This ticket includes three evening meals.

2. If you are staying in the Lodge with us you will need a second ticket. This is just for your cabin.

3. If you need a rental boat you will need a third ticket.

On this trip we will enjoy paddling in the swamp and ALSO have a chance to experience Pioneer Days.

We will see the swamp in its' fall glory WITHOUT THE MOSQUITOES!!!! And air conditioned cabins make the nights comfortable!!

We will paddle from Stephen Foster State Park on Friday. Saturday we will visit the Folkston part of the park and we will do a hike or visit Pioneer Days. After lunch on Saturday we will take a guided boat tour that takes us farther into the swamp than we can make it in our boats,
There will be an optional paddle on Sunday.. We will be leaving the boats to explore some islands and have lunch on wooden decks. We will get off the water early enough Sunday for you to drive home. This is about a 5 hour drive from Atlanta.

The Eco-Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, just north of the Suwannee 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.

This is a kid friendly trip.

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, each in a double bed. 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 an event ticket and let me know where you will be staying. Even if you stay off site, your evening meals are included.

VERY IMPORTANT: HOW MANY TICKETS DO YOU NEED?

If you are staying off site, NOT in the Lodge, you need one event ticket.

If you are staying in the lodge you need two tickets. One for the event, one for the lodge. (Several choices to stay in lodge)

If you need a rental boat that is an additional ticket whether you stay off site or in the lodge.

Cost of the trip will be $195 per adult, $95 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)

The 1 bed efficiencies will rent for $395 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.

Tandem (2 person) sit on top kayaks will be available to rent for $125 for the weekend.

Single kayaks (sit inside) kayaks will be available to rent for $95 for the weekend.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP.

John Miller,[masked]

Past events (774)

Fall Colors on Etowah River, Paddle through Dawson Forest

Etowah Scenic River Park

$35.00

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