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Etowah River: Eagles Beak section to Yellow Creek Road

This event is being posted on SOA and AAP and will ONLY take 12 people max. Please do not sign up unless you are positive you can make it.  This is a 10 mile paddle.

We'll be paddling the Eagles Beak section from Kelly bridge past Old Federal Road into the McGraw Forest section to make it a little longer. This is class I only. This area is rural and undeveloped. For this reason this is a play place for some unique recreational groups, including a gold mining association, a gun club, a remote control airplane club. I have never done this section of the Etowah River so I'm listing this as exploratory though I have been told that I have the knowledge and confidence to lead this. The river runs calm with no significant shoals or rapids, though occasional strainers can block all, or a portion, of the river. This paddle would be okay for advanced beginners.
We will meet exactly at 10:00am with boats out and ready to by start paddling at 10:15 am. Because parking is better at Kelly Bridge we will leave cars at the put-in and as few as possible at the take out. I would like a volunteer with an BIG SUV or VAN to meet me at Yellow Creek Road and leave one vehicle and I will transport you kayak to the put in. I need a vehicle to hold as many people as I have. Bring lunch and water. My cell is[masked] if you are late/lost. I will NOT have cell service at the put in, not sure about the take out (but remember that I did when I went to check it out) and it will be in and out throughout the paddle. Allow enough time for getting lost. It is about a one hour drive.
Put in and meeting place:
Put in: It is located on a privately-owned boat ramp, there is a $3 parking fee for the privilege of using the site (paid on the honor system at a drop box located on the gate into the parking area...complete the info on envelop and put in slot). The site includes a paved boat ramp, men and women changing area and ample parking and a portable toilet. Make sure you have $3 CASH exact change for this to put in your envelop. If you have a $5 bill...it will cost you $5. If a $10 be prepared to pay. Don't expect someone to have change for you.
Directions: Travel up 400N. At the first traffic light make a left onto Browns Bridge Road/GA-369. Travel 4.7 miles and make a right onto Bannister Road/GA-369 Conn, Take the 1st left onto Elmo Road, Left onto Mt Tabor Road, 3rd right onto Nicholson Road, Sharp right onto Needham Road, and then a left onto Kelly Bridge Road. It is about 2.7 miles down Kelly Bridge. An address that you can put in a GPS for APPROXIMATE directions and distance only is 5204 Kelley Bridge Road, Dawsonville. Pass this house and make a sharp right into parking area. Pick up on envelop on the driver's side. You can complete information and drop it back in box when we drive to the take out.
Take Out: On Yellow Creek Road just before a subdivision called Woodhaven Bend (multimillion dollar homes). While paddling, we will be taking out river right pretty much under the bridge. We will see the bridge a couple miles down from Federal Highway bridge.
Directions to Take out From Kelly Bridge: make a left out and travel 2.7 miles and a right onto Needham Road, .4 miles sharp left onto Nicholson Rd., .8 miles and right onto Mt Tabor Road, 2.8 miles and right to Matt Hwy/GA 369. Follow for 3.8 miles. Right onto Yellow Creek Road. Travel approximately 1 mile and you will cross the Etowah River. Make a sharp right onto unpaved path (could be muddy) and follow to end to leave cars. This is a 12 mile shuttle that should take 25 minutes each direction.

For more info call Barbara at[masked] Home. Day of event cell[masked]

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  • Mutiara T.

    Hello everyone! I enjoyed the paddling trip yesterday. Sorry if I caused a problem. Thanks especially to Allen for helping me out, I enjoyed everyone's company and look forward to seeing you again in the future trips!

    September 16, 2013

  • Martin

    It was a nice paddle; the temperature was quite comfortable. The reverse shuttle eventually worked, but could use some fine tuning. The scary part was seeing "sheriff's tape all over Francine's car, which had been left at the Yellow Creek Road take-out. I'm glad I got to see this section of the river, but I don't think I'd plan another outing that required using a take-out at yellow creek. As usual the people made it an enjoyable trip. After an unfortunate start Mutiara did very well on her first real paddle.

    September 15, 2013

    • Dr. B.

      Martin....this was the only way to do it and it really was a perfect shuttle except for Mutiara forgetting her keys at the take out and Francine not knowing the proper way to use a ratchet strap. Next paddle possibly Oct 12 from Yellow Creek to E. Cherokee (possibly Old Federal to E. Cherokee) would involve a regular shuttle with as few cars at Yellow Creek or Old Fed. It had to be done this way because of the parking issue. Most put-ins and take-outs on the Etowah are undeveloped. Kelly Bridge and RiverPark are the exception. There is a new dock at Eurarlee...the put in is good and the take out was awful.

      September 15, 2013

  • Francine

    Can't wait! PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING THICK TOWELS TO SIT ON FOR THE RIDE BACK TO THE CARS AT THE END OF THE PADDLE!

    September 11, 2013

    • Dr. B.

      Thanks so much for your help shuttling today. FYI here is a very simple easy youtube on rachet straps. When we got home I made Roxanne take off, put on, take off, put on and take off once more the rachet strap (one holding 2 kayaks)...now she "gets it".

      September 15, 2013

    • Dr. B.

      September 15, 2013

  • Mutiara T.

    Hello Dr. Barbara, I would like to join the trip!
    I am a beginner in kayaking, and this is my first trip with the group. I will call you tomorrow to clarify if you don't mind. Thank you.

    September 12, 2013

  • Barry O.

    I am paddling the Hiwassee River on Saturday. Staying in Elijay Saturday night. Will meet up with all of you Sunday morning.

    September 12, 2013

  • Martin

    The map shows a spot about 1/2 mile south of the Kelly Bridge Canoe and Kayak launch. The property is just North of the Etowah river. You can see it if you zoom-out a little on the google map.

    September 11, 2013

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