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This is the rescheduling of the August trip that was cancelled due to flooding in Columbia. Paddling for 50 miles through the Congaree Wilderness. This paddle is on a wide, shallow, sandy-bottomed river and downstream all the way in light current. Suitable for beginners and any size boat, but stamina is required and boats over 10’ recommended as we will be paddling over 15 miles a day. You should be comfortable paddling at 2 mph for an extended time. There are no takeouts after the first few miles, for 45 miles, almost no other boats or people, so it is a quiet, peaceful paddle with plenty of wildlife. Lots of nice sandy beaches to take a break, have a snack, or swim. We will camp on available sandbars both nights, under totally primitive conditions. Camping is free, and I will arrange for a wilderness permit which is also free. Please note, land beyond the sandbars is private property and not to be trespassed upon. As this river is dam controlled, water levels can fluctuate unexpectedly and all boats must be secured at night. PFDs and whistles required on boat, bow lines and bilge pumps also required. Sun protection needed, and foot protection when out of the boat. We will meet at the Rosewood/Jordan boat ramp in Columbia, SC at 9 on Friday and shuttle to the takeout at the Highway 601 ramp downstream. A shuttle is required for this event, so please come prepared with mask, sanitizer, etc for an open-window or back of truck ride. There is plenty of parking at both locations. This event is hosted by Catawba Cruisers, who now require a Participation Agreement/Waiver be signed annually for all participants at their events, including guests. I will have copies available at the ramp for signing. This event is cross posted with two other clubs and there is no limit on participants. Please feel free to message me with any questions.
Delayed but still on and even better. We will now be sweeping the river from the platform camp to the Day Use parking lot. This is about a 3 mile section of river. County is providing dumpster and shuttle to put in. Volunteers needed so come out and do your part.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS FOR TRIP 1. Please don't come if you have any of these symptoms in the days before the trip: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. 2. Please bring a face covering/mask for the shuttle. This is one of the most beautiful sections of the Chattahoochee with cliffs and several fun class I rapids. We'll meet at the take-out, shift boats to have 2 people and 2 boats per car, then take the cars with boats to put-in. At end will do in reverse to unite everyone with their cars. Fee to park at Paces Mill usually - not sure about Morgan Falls. Bring small change-I think it's $5. As on all Newnan Paddler Trips - bring and wear a life jacket. Your boat should have at least one end line attached. Also bring plenty of water and sunscreen along with snacks.
*** Although no shuttle is required, parking at the lake is tight so we will be meeting at a large parking lot, doubling up boats and people in cars , and taking just half the cars to the lake. Please bring a mask/face covering to wear while in the car.*** Paddle Lake Tugaloo up to where the Chattooga River empties into the lake. Although this is lake paddling it will be in the old Chattooga River bed so is narrow and scenic. Once we've paddled up to the end of the river we can possibly do a quarter mile walk to see Oppossum Creek Falls and should be able to see a couple of the final rapids of the famed Section IV of the Chattooga. Believe this is about a 6 mile round trip - if we want to paddle more there are additional arms of the lake to explore from the same boat ramp. Directions: Because parking is limited at the lake we are going to meet at the Highway 76 Chattooga River Access parking lot (to get there go to Clayton, GA; Take 76 east for about 8 1/2 miles. You will cross the Chattooga River and the parking lot will be on your left. We will double up with 2 boats on each car, leave half the cars in the parking lot, and take the cars that have boats to the lake. Please bring a mask to wear in the car. If you drive to the lake, 3 1/2 miles will be on a gravel road. Directions from meeting place to lake: Head left out of the parking lot (east) for about 2.5 miles or so and turn right on Orchard Road. Follow Orchard Road until it dead-ends on Battle Creek Road (across from the Dixie Aluminum plant). Turn right on Battle Creek. Stay on Battle Creek; you will come to a sharp right turn in the road--stay on the paved road. You are now on Damascus Church Road. Just past the little white church on the left, bear right onto Bull Sluice Road. This is a dirt road and you will see a sign for the Tugaloo Boat Ramp. Follow this dirt road all the way to the end and park at the boat ramp.