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.
Upcoming events (4)
THIS IS A GREAT PADDLE FOR KIDS. THEY LOVE THE MOUNDS AND MUSEUM.
You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others.
It is really cool for kids and adults both. Kids love climbing the steps to the top of the mounds as well as the museum. This is both a fun and educational trip.
The cost of this event is $45 if you have your own boat, $85 if you need a rental boat. Admission Fees to the Museum and Park is part of your registration. If you have your own boat just change the amount when you register and are prompted to pay.
Rental boats are limited. Sign up early.
This paddle is okay for paddlers of all abilities.
The lone hazard is the historic Thompson Weinman Dam, a low head dam that MUST be portaged. We portage as a team, makes it easier.
Starting in the shadow of Allatoona Dam, this 9 mile section takes you from 20th century engineering (Allatoona Dam) to precolonial engineering (Etowah Indian Mounds and Fish Weir). Owing to Allatoona Dam and the cold, clear water it issues from the bottom of the lake, the water appears pristine and inviting. Shoals and rapids are limited to Native American fish weirs and small ripples, and there are no obstacles exceeding Class I in difficulty.
We will stop at the Indian Mounds for lunch and a tour. Admission to the park is part of your registration fee.
We will stay at the Mounds for about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA (from their website)
Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast. Artifacts in the museum show how natives of this political and religious center decorated themselves with shell beads, paint, complicated hairdos, feathers and copper ear ornaments. Hand-carved stone effigies weighing 125 pounds still bear some original pigments. Objects made of wood, seashells and stone are also displayed.
Visitors can follow a nature trail along the Etowah River where they can view a v-shaped fish trap used for catching fish. The trail also highlights how early civilizations used native trees for food and medicine.
While only nine percent of this site has been excavated, examination at Mound C and surrounding artifacts revealed much about the people who lived here. They were a society rich in ritual. Towering over the community, the 63-foot earthen knoll was likely used as a platform for the home of the priest-chief. In another mound, nobility were buried in elaborate costumes accompanied by items they would need in their after-lives.
Put in or Launch site: a large concrete boat ramp and paved parking area are located at the launch site near Allatoona Dam. Toilet facilities are in a nearby day-use recreation area. There are bathrooms at the lunch break.
Take out is a ramp/dock at Highway 61/113 (West Ave)
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 again before you leave your house the morning of our trip.
BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers if using one of my boats, 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!!!!!
This is an all day trip. Expect to get off the water sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 PM.
Additional information will be emailed to all who register.
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If you want to use a gift certificate for this class, do not sign up here. Contact me and I will add you to the class.
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.
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, life jacket (PFD) and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) There is a $45 discount if you bring your own boat. Keep reading to find out about the discount.
Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 4:00-5:00 pm.
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 4:00 AND 5:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Settles Bridge Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. 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 the McGinnis Ferry Boat Ramp.
At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class I rapids. Expect to spend approximately 1.5 hours in a riverside class, then approximately 4-5 hours on the river.
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 ARE BRINGING YOUR OWN BOAT, CHANGE THE PRICE FROM $145 TO $100 WHEN PROMPTED TO PAY.
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Did you know the government used to operate a TOP SECRET Nuclear testing facility near Dawsonville? Come see what's left!!
THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR SECTION OF THE ETOWAH. If you have never done this before, don't wait any longer. If you have done it before come on back. We would love to see you.
Hopefully FALL FOLIAGE will be in full color.
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 Monday 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 cost is $75.00.
IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR OWN BOAT CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $35.00 WHEN YOU SIGN UP.
BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers, soft 6 pack size works fine if using a rental boat), 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 should be secured by a cord. There is a possibility of loss.
...Keep reading to ensure you have all the information necessary to enjoy the trip...
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. We will paddle from Hwy 9 to the Kelly Bridge takeout.
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.
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More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip.
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Come with us and witness the Swamp as she prepares for her winter nap. This time of year is magical.
We do this trip at least twice a year. We keep going back because it is always amazing and breathtakingly beautiful.
This is a kid friendly trip.
The Lodge is about a 5 hour drive from Atlanta.
We will see the swamp in its' fall glory. Hopefully WITHOUT THE MOSQUITOES!!!! And great cabins make the nights comfortable!!
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 is really preparing for her "winter" nap. As we paddle through the swamp, keep a lookout for alligators, otters, racoons, deer, white ibis, herons, egrets and maybe even a black bear.
THURSDAY is check in, then happy hour and a catered meal.
FRIDAY we will all paddle from Stephen Foster State park. We will be leaving the boats to explore some islands and have lunch on wooden decks. At days end, happy hour and a catered meal. Optional bonfire.
SATURDAY you will have a choice of paddling a different section of the swamp OR experiencing a short hike over a board walk and then seeing the swamp from a 3 story watch tower. After leaving the tower we will take a private guided boat tour which allows us to go father into the swamp than we can go in our kayaks. At days end, happy hour and a catered meal. Optional bonfire.
SUNDAY you will have an optional paddle on at a black water lake on the way back to Atlanta. We will get off the water early enough Sunday for you to drive home before dark.
The Eco-Lodge where we stay 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 very nice and private.
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 single beds filling each of them is going to get tricky. The two bed efficiencies are suitable for families since they will sleep up to 4 people in beds. I know many of you will be coming alone and will want to share a cabin 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?
1. Everyone needs an Event ticket regardless of where you are staying. This ticket includes three evening meals and three days of paddling.
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.
4. If you are doing the optional guided boat tour you will need a fourth ticket.
Cost of the trip will be $295 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, kayak rental, or boat tour)
I DO NOT CARE HOW MANY YOU PUT IN YOUR CABIN. 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, EVEYONE BUYS A TICKET. JUST MAKE SURE I KNOW YOU ARE DOING THAT. YOU CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS DOING IT THIS WAY.
The efficiencies with 1 double bed rent for $450 for all 3 nights.
The efficiencies with 2 double beds rent for $590 for three nights.
If you are coming by yourself and want to be matched up with a room mate (same sex, separate beds) the cost will be $295 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 $125 for the weekend.
Single kayaks (sit inside) kayaks will be available to rent for $95 for the weekend.
Optional Saturday Guided Boat tour is $30.00 per person.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP.