Labor Day weekend on the Hiwassee, Class 2 river, Aug 31st to Sept 2nd

Atlanta Area Paddlers
Atlanta Area Paddlers
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You must go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hiwassee-river-trip-class-2-rapids-labor-day-august-31-september-2-tickets-65682964515

to register and pay. This will be a small group with limited tickets. Register quickly.

***PLEASE READ BEFORE PAYING****THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION***

YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS

OPTION ONE:
Cost is $225 per person for the weekend. That includes a bed in the "Big House" for Saturday and Sunday night, Dinner Saturday night, Breakfast and Dinner Sunday and Breakfast Monday morning. Trust me, that is cheaper than staying in a local hotel and then driving down the road and eating in one of the local spots, and our food is better!!! (House info below)

The house is very comfortable for large groups but there is NO PRIVACY and no private bedrooms. The entire house is set up like a large bunk house. The house does have AC and two bathrooms so no trips to the bathhouse with the campers in the middle of the night, (All campsites always sell out for this weekend) There is a large kitchen. There is a fire pit in the backyard. If we get any rain there is a large covered front porch. It really is a nice place to hang out with our tribe.

OPTION TWO:
Cost is $95 per person for the weekend. That includes a bed in the "Bunk House" for Saturday and Sunday night, Dinner Saturday night, Breakfast and Dinner Sunday and Breakfast Monday morning. So that gets you two nights in the bunkhouse plus 4 meals.

The bunkhouse is a large screened rooms furnished with bunk beds. No AC and no bathrooms. The public bath house is about 50-75 yards away. Bunk beds have vinyl covered mattresses and nothing else. Sleeping bags work well. There is power if you want to bring a fan. (and extension cord)

THIS IS A CLASS II RIVER. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE PADDLING AT THIS LEVEL. YOU CAN PADDLE A REC BOAT IF YOU PREFER BUT HELMETS AND SPRAY SKIRTS ARE REQUIRED. I have extra helmets.

THIS IS A FUN TRIP, NOT A CLASS!

We will be paddling Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Trips will be led by qualified guides.

THIS CAN BE A BEGINNER FRIENDLY RIVER WITH THE CORRECT ARRANGEMENTS. Keep reading.

This is NOT a beginner-friendly trip if you are paddling a kayak. IF you want to rent and paddle a rubber kayak called a duck then it becomes beginner friendly. IF you have some paddling experience then the ducks are suitable for taking children down the river. There are Class 1 and 2+ rapids on the Hiwassee River, so some river kayaking experience is advised for this trip. If you plan to paddle a duck you must call the outfitters and reserve one, if you don't they may not have any available.

(If you are a kayak class grad or intermediate class grad you will be fine.)

The water is cool (around 58 degrees) and usually very clear. The Hiwassee River is dam-controlled, so the level stays about the same year-round. This is a 5+ hour paddle (about a 5.5+ mile paddle downstream). We will be moving slow, playing in the rapids, ferrying and surfing.

*Life jackets are REQUIRED, Spray skirts, either nylon or neoprene, are REQUIRED. Helmets are REQUIRED. I HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF HELMETS TO LOAN.

* ALL BOATS MUST HAVE EITHER DRY HOLD OR FLOAT BAGS IN THE BACK. Extra flotation in the front is also a good idea.

We'll find a spot on the river to stop and enjoy our picnic about halfway down the river on a beach or island.

We'll go wading and swimming. It's really a fantastic way to spend a day.

Weather: As with most outdoor events, pouring rain or storms may cause us to delay or reschedule. Keep in mind, a little rain won't stop us, but check your email before you leave home for the trip.

Very Important!!!

There is a lot to do in the area even if you are not paddling all three days. Non paddlers are welcome to come with you and enjoy the area while you are paddling.

I do not have any rental boats available for this trip.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Miller[masked], kayakclassesga@gmail