Paddle the CRNRA Park in 4 parts,,,, Part Three, 7.5 miles

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If you have your own equipment the cost of this trip is $35.00.

If you need to rent a boat, the cost of the trip is $70.00. A boat, PFD and paddle will be delivered and picked up so you do not have to worry about transport. Rental boats are limited so sign up early if you need a boat. If you need a rental, just change the payment amount when you register.

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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 in the morning.

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is, in my opinion, one of the best kept secrets in Atlanta. Yes, a lot of people do visit it, but many, many more just drive over the Hooch and ignore it. I am from Atlanta and was guilty of that for the first 55 years of my life. Once I finally visited the river and experienced her first hand in a kayak I fell in love. I am doing my best to introduce people to this hidden jewel in a fun and safe way.

(This from the official CRNRA website)

An Ancient River in a Modern City

Today the river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Get Outdoors and experience your Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as you have never done before.

The park is spread over a 48 mile section of the Chattahoochee River and consists of the river and 15 land units beginning downstream from Buford Dam at Lake Lanier and ending at Peachtree Creek in metro Atlanta.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is rich in natural and human history, each influenced by the river's pervasive force. Usually clear, cold, and slow moving, the river sometimes plunges as a muddy torrent through its rockbound shoals. For centuries people have been drawn to the river for a source of water, food, and transportation, and in more recent times for power to sustain the mills, factories, and homes built along its banks.

Enough of the government propaganda, this is from me. The park is one of the greatest treasures we have in the Atlanta area so come on out and visit it first hand. We are going to tour the park one section at a time broken down into manageable sections.

In this trip, PART 3 of 4, we are going to paddle from CRNRA Island Ford, the park headquarters, to Morgan Falls Dam. A total of 7.5 miles. This section starts off in some small class 1 shoals then quickly turns to slow flat water. This is the shortest segment we are doing because the water is slow moving as it enters the top of Bull Sluice Lake. We will be paddling slow and exploring some of the side channels in the lake. We will see some big homes and some pretty impressive rock cliffs. If you are a golf ball collector, this is another section that usually allows you to fill your boat! We end the trip by portaging (carrying) our boats to the parking lot at the top of Morgan Falls Dam.

Each of these trips will have a primary guide who is a certified Kayak Instructor as well as Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Air certified. There will be a minimum of 1 additional guide for safety.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD/Life Jackets) are required to be worn at all times fully fastened. If this is a problem, then do not sign up for these trips.

Once everyone checks in we organize a "self shuttle". That means ALL vehicles are moved to the takeout. We then use the minimum number of cars to take everyone back to the boats. At the end of the day everyone with their own boat will have their car at the takeout, the drivers will be transported back to their cars. These trips are usually over between 4 and 5:00 pm.

More details we be emailed to all enrolled prior to the trip.

Questions are always welcome. John Miller[masked]