• Fall Float on the Flint

    Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat

    Join the Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper on Oct 9-12 (3-day and 2-day options available) for a weekend paddle on the captivating Lower Flint River. We’ll travel 48 miles from Baconton to Bainbridge and take in the best of what the Flint has to offer, including beautiful blue hole springs, lively shoals, rich history, abundant wildlife, and more! Fashioned after our annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, we will tent camp on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Like our annual summer adventure, we will enjoy catered meals, educational programs, and great camaraderie as we make our way down one of Georgia’s most stunning rivers. You can choose from a 2-day option that includes Saturday and Sunday’s paddle (Oct. 10-11) or join for the full three-day trip, which ends on Monday, Oct. 12. This event attracts people from all walks of life who have one thing in common: their love for paddling! Itinerary: Day 0, Oct. 9: Camp, Initial Gathering and Kick-Off Feast Day 1, Oct. 10: Limestone Limbo – Baconton to Flint River Retreat – 13 miles Day 2, Oct. 11: Ichawaynochaway Waltz – Flint River Retreat to Hoggard Mill Rd. – 17 miles Day 3, Oct. 12: Blue Hole Bop – Hoggard Mill Rd. to Flint River Heights Rd. – 17 miles Your Fall Float on the Flint registration fee includes a T-shirt, boat decal, maps and river descriptions, a year-long membership to Georgia River Network, camping with bath facilities, shuttles to campsites, entertainment, activities, and educational programs. Breakfast, sack lunches, and dinner (prepared from locally-sourced meats and vegetables) with complimentary beer/wine are included in your registration fee as well. Dinners will be served on October 4, 5, and 6. Breakfasts and lunches will be served on October 5, 6, 7. Registration Fees: 3-Day Option Oct. 9-12 (48 miles) Adults: $340 Youth 8-17: $295 Under 8: $155 2-Day Option Oct. 10-11 (31 miles) Adults: $305 Youth 8-17: $260 Under 8: $120 *Registration fees include all meals Registration deadline – September 27 For more information and registration, visit https://garivers.org/fall-float-on-the-flint-river/

  • Etowah River, Paddle through Dawson Forest, Girl Scouts (Private)

    Etowah Scenic River Park

    $35.00

    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. You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. 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 Sunday 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 $70.00. IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $70.00 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 class... 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. More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip. John Miller [masked]

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  • Etowah River to the Indian Mounds! We will stop to see "Skills of the Past"

    Skills of the Past will be on display Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 from 10 AM to 4 PM You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Unless things change you will be required to wear a mask while shuttling. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA International Archaeology Day is celebrated each October. At Etowah we celebrate it each year on the first Saturday of the month. Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times. (This from the Park website} It is really cool for kids and adults both. This is both a fun and educational trip. The cost of this event is $45 if you have your own boat, $80 if you need a rental boat. Admission Fees to the Museum and Park is part of your registration. If you need a rental 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 2 hours. 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. John Miller [masked]

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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (9/27)

    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    $125.00

    The virus is still around. Because of that class will be limited to 8 students. You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. 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, PFD and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00 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 5:00 AND 6:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Johnson Ferry Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. 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 Paces Mill Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids which means you can paddle the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Florida! Expect to spend approximately 1 hour in a riverside class, then approximately 5-6 hours on the river. We will furnish the boat, the paddle and the PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) or you can use your own equipment. If you have your own equipment, I recommend bringing it so you can practice with what you normally use. You will need to bring a lunch, plenty of drinks and of course sun screen. (ice chests do not fit in the boats unless they are the very small soft type) 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 have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked]

  • "TUNNEL OF TERROR" on the Etowah.

    The Outside World

    $35.00

    DUE TO NUMEROUS REQUEST WE ARE ADDING ONE MORE TRIP TO THE TUNNEL OF TERROR. You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask while shuttling. 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. Mask are not required on the river. PLEASE BRING A MASK. This trip is water level dependent. If the levels hold between 150 and 350 CFS we will go. When we did this on Labor day we did have both strainers and sweepers to contend with. And one river wide log jam that required us to get out of our boats and move them over the logs. Even with the strainers and the work the trip is always worth it. PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END!! This is a guided trip as opposed to a class. Nothing bigger than a class I rapid on this trip but the strainers can be a challenge. It is not for someone who HAS NEVER PADDLED BEFORE. You should be experienced enough to control your boat and negotiate small rapids and then climb over trees if necessary. Spray skirts are optional, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets. Cost: If you have your own boat the fee for the trip is $35.00. That includes the shuttle. If you need to rent a boat, the fee for the trip will be a total of $70.00. If you need a boat, just change the amount of payment from $35.00 to $70.00 when you register and pay. Rental boats will include a paddle, life jacket and helmet. If you haven't paddled through the old Gold Mine tunnel then you are in for a real treat. Normally it is about a 3 minute ride through the tunnel and this may be one of the most exciting thing you do kayaking. Getting to the tunnel. The tunnel is located 3.5 miles below Castleberry Bridge. When we get to the tunnel the river splits. At this point you have two choices, go through or go around. There is a small ledge just past where the river splits and then it is an easy ¾ mile ride around to where the tunnel rejoins the river. Details of the tunnel. From your kayak seat you should see a small dot of light which is the other end of the tunnel. If you cannot see this light the tunnel may be blocked and we will not be going through. The ride is absolutely thrilling. It is bumpy, noisy, dark and wet. Noisy and bumpy from the water and or your kayak bouncing on the rough bottom. As you enter the tunnel it gets darker and darker until all you can see is the dot of light at the end. Your kayak will rock and roll as you go through and take on water if you don't have a skirt. There is a drop-off inside the tunnel and part way through the downhill angle changes and the ride gets a little faster. Your paddle will be useless except for pushing yourself away from the wall. Just before you exit there is a shaft above that leads straight up to open air. Somewhere in the middle there is a bow in the tunnel on the right side. You probably won't but if you end up in this bow you will not slow down but the light at the end of the tunnel will disappear for a second or two. These seconds will seem like eternity and your blood pressure will soar. Don't worry. You will be in the water flow and will keep going and the light will re-appear. It just scares the h---out of you so you have been fore-warned. Bring a lunch and we'll find a place to eat. If you are going to join me on this trip you will be expected to wear your LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES. If you plan on running the tunnel a Helmet is REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets. Spray skirts are optional. This paddle is open to anything you feel comfortable paddling! We will meet at The Outside World at 8:30 and organize equipment and our shuttle. Parking is EXTREMELY limited by the river, Questions to John Miller at[masked] or email at [masked]

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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (9/20)

    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    $125.00

    The virus is still around. Because of that class will be limited to 8 students. You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. 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, PFD and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00 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 5:00 AND 6:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Johnson Ferry Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. 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 Paces Mill Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids which means you can paddle the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Florida! Expect to spend approximately 1 hour in a riverside class, then approximately 5-6 hours on the river. We will furnish the boat, the paddle and the PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) or you can use your own equipment. If you have your own equipment, I recommend bringing it so you can practice with what you normally use. You will need to bring a lunch, plenty of drinks and of course sun screen. (ice chests do not fit in the boats unless they are the very small soft type) 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 have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked]

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  • PRIVATE Basic River Kayak Class. (9/19)

    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    $125.00

    The virus is still around. Because of that class will be limited to 8 students. You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. 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, PFD and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00 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 5:00 AND 6:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Johnson Ferry Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. 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 Paces Mill Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids which means you can paddle the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Florida! Expect to spend approximately 1 hour in a riverside class, then approximately 5-6 hours on the river. We will furnish the boat, the paddle and the PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) or you can use your own equipment. If you have your own equipment, I recommend bringing it so you can practice with what you normally use. You will need to bring a lunch, plenty of drinks and of course sun screen. (ice chests do not fit in the boats unless they are the very small soft type) 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 have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked]

  • Basic River Kayak Class. (9/13)

    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    $125.00

    The virus is still around. Because of that class will be limited to 8 students. You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. 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, PFD and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00 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 5:00 AND 6:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Johnson Ferry Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. 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 Paces Mill Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids which means you can paddle the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Florida! Expect to spend approximately 1 hour in a riverside class, then approximately 5-6 hours on the river. We will furnish the boat, the paddle and the PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) or you can use your own equipment. If you have your own equipment, I recommend bringing it so you can practice with what you normally use. You will need to bring a lunch, plenty of drinks and of course sun screen. (ice chests do not fit in the boats unless they are the very small soft type) 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 have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked]

  • "TUNNEL OF TERROR" on the Etowah. Last tunnel trip this year

    The Outside World

    $35.00

    You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. This trip is water level dependent. If the levels hold between 150 and 350 CFS we will go. This is NOT a beginner friendly trip. The last time we did this we had to get out of our boats and pull them over big river wide strainers several times. You must be able to get in and out of your boat and help get it over the strainers if we encounter them again. Even with the strainers and the work the trip is always worth it. PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END!! This is a guided trip as opposed to a class. Nothing bigger than a class I rapid on this trip but the strainers can be a challenge. It is not for someone who HAS NEVER PADDLED BEFORE. You should be experienced enough to control your boat and negotiate small rapids and then climb over trees if necessary. Spray skirts are optional, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets. Cost: If you have your own boat the fee for the trip is $35.00. That includes the shuttle. If you need to rent a boat, the fee for the trip will be a total of $70.00. If you need a boat, just change the amount of payment from $35.00 to $70.00 when you register and pay. Rental boats will include a paddle, life jacket and helmet. If you haven't paddled through the old Gold Mine tunnel then you are in for a real treat. Normally it is a[masked] minute ride through the tunnel and this may be one of the most exciting thing you do kayaking. Getting to the tunnel. The tunnel is located 3.5 miles below Castleberry Bridge. When we get to the tunnel the river splits. At this point you have two choices, go through or go around. There is a small ledge just past where the river splits and then it is an easy ¾ mile ride around to where the tunnel rejoins the river. Details of the tunnel. From your kayak seat you should see a small dot of light which is the other end of the tunnel. If you cannot see this light the tunnel may be blocked and we will not be going through. The ride is absolutely thrilling. It is bumpy, noisy, dark and wet. Noisy and bumpy from the water and or your kayak bouncing on the rough bottom. As you enter the tunnel it gets darker and darker until all you can see is the dot of light at the end. Your kayak will rock and roll as you go through and take on water if you don't have a skirt. There is a drop-off inside the tunnel and part way through the downhill angle changes and the ride gets a little faster. Your paddle will be useless except for pushing yourself away from the wall. Just before you exit there is a shaft above that leads straight up to open air. Somewhere in the middle there is a bow in the tunnel on the right side. You probably won't but if you end up in this bow you will not slow down but the light at the end of the tunnel will disappear for a second or two. These seconds will seem like eternity and your blood pressure will soar. Don't worry. You will be in the water flow and will keep going and the light will re-appear. It just scares the h---out of you so you have been fore-warned. Bring a lunch and we'll find a place to eat. If you are going to join me on this trip you will be expected to wear your LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES. If you plan on running the tunnel a Helmet is REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets. Spray skirts are optional. This paddle is open to anything you feel comfortable paddling! We will meet at The Outside World at 8:30 and organize equipment and our shuttle. Parking is EXTREMELY limited by the river, Questions to John Miller at[masked] or email at [masked]

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  • Guided Paddle on the Etowah (Euharlee to 411)

    Etowah River Boat Landing on Euharlee Rd

    $35.00

    THIS TRIP IS BEGINNER/KID FRIENDLY, You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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. PLEASE BRING A MASK. 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 trip around 6 pm. It is imperative that you check your email late the night before or first thing in the morning of the trip for any last minute changes. We usually share the river with very few people, even on weekends. This is beginner/family friendly. Rental boats available. IF YOU HAVE NEVER PADDLED THIS SECTION OF THE ETOWAH, DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE. THIS SECTION IS ONE OF THE PRETTIEST RIVERS IN GEORGIA. This 10-mile paddle may be the most scenic and popular paddle on the Etowah River in Bartow County. The paddle path crosses no less than 6 Native American fish weirs and winds beneath riverside bluffs. The highlight is a 0.2 mile rock garden followed by a series of island and shoals. With many places to stop and play , this is a favorite paddle for families. No obstacles exceed Class 1 in difficulty. 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 $70.00 total for the day and the boat is delivered and picked up for you so it is very convenient. Just put in the appropriate amount when you are prompted to pay. When you sign up, if you need a boat just change the amount to $70.00. BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers if you are renting a boat, 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!!!!! All GLASSES/Sunglasses should be secured by a cord. There is a possibility of loss. This is not a race. We will be moving slow, playing in eddies, watching for wildlife, etc, etc. Please arrive at the put in NO LATER than 8:15 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded no later than 8:30 am. We will organize our shuttle at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot between 8:30 and 8:45. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00. John Miller [masked]