• Okefenokee Gator Hunt, See the swamp WITHOUT MOSQUITOES!!
    If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me. [masked] This is a beginner friendly trip. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRELY BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS TRIP. REGISTRATION IS GOING TO BE TRICKY! YOU WILL HAVE TO GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/okefenokee-gator-hunt-fall-in-the-swamp-tickets-48767571118 TO REGISTER AND PAY. YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPOT UNTIL YOU TAKE THAT STEP. I first visited the Okefenokee in 2016 and am truly sorry I did not go sooner. My wife and I fell in love with it and will go back at least once a year as long as I can walk or be carried!! The Okefenokee contains many types of habitat – islands, lakes, cypress forests, scrub-shrub areas and open ‘wet’ prairies. We might see sandhill cranes and bald eagles. In November the swamp should be changing and getting ready for winter. As we paddle through the swamp, keep a lookout for alligators, deer, white ibis, herons, egrets and maybe even a black bear. We will paddle different sections of the swamp on Friday and Saturday and possibly a Black Water Lake Sunday on the way home. We will be leaving the boats to explore some islands and have lunch on dry land. We will get off the water early enough Sunday for you to drive home. This is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta. The Eco-Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, just north of the Suwanee River, and is managed by the Stephen C. Foster State Park. The Eco-Lodge is a conference center with a commercial kitchen, meeting room and 10 cottages, each in a beautiful, natural, private location. There will be no other guests at the Eco-Lodge besides us! This facility is as nice as anything I have ever stayed at. There are 4 efficiency cabins that each have one double bed. 4 efficiency cabins that have 2 double beds. (Efficiency means one large room with separate bathroom) Since none of the cabins have twin beds, filling each of them is going to get tricky. Hopefully we will have 4 couples that take the 1 bed efficiencies. The two bed efficiencies are suitable for families since they will sleep up to 4 people. I know many of you will be coming alone and will not want to share a bed so we will pair you up with a same sex roommate. Because of the bed situation we could have from 20 to 40 people on this trip. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME AS WE TRY TO ASSIGN BEDS AND MAXIMIZE PARTICIPATION. If you want to join us on the trip and make your own arrangements to stay somewhere else, camping, hotel, etc, that is fine also. You will simply need to purchase a ticket and let me know where you will be staying. Even if you stay off site your evening meals with the group are includedl Cost of the trip will be $175 per adult, $75 per child under 16. That fee will include a catered meal Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You will be responsible for breakfast and lunch. The kitchens make that easy! (This fee does not include your cabin or boat rental) IF YOU WANT TO SHARE A CABIN WITH A FRIEND, BUT NOT SHARE THE BED YOU ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT AND PUT SOMEONE ON THE FLOOR IN A SLEEPING BAG OR ON THE COUCH. ONE PERSON RENTS THE CABIN, EVEYONE BUYS A TICKET. JUST MAKE SURE I KNOW YOU ARE DOING THAT. YOU CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS DOING IT THIS WAY. The 1 bed efficiencies will rent for $350 for all 3 nights. These units sleep 2 people. The efficiencies with 2 double beds will rent for $475 for three nights. These cabins sleep up to 4 people. If you are coming by yourself and want to be matched up with a room mate the cost will be $225 for three nights. If you have a preferred room mate let me know when you register and I will make sure you are paired up. Tandem (2 person) sit on top kayaks will be available to rent for $95 for the weekend. Single kayaks (sit inside) kayaks will be available to rent for $75 for the weekend. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP. John Miller,[masked]

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    Suwanee Eco Lodge

    400 ECO LODGE DRIVE · Fargo, GA

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  • FALL (Maybe) Etowah River, Dawson Forest Section (9 Miles)FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIP!!
    Not sure if this will be a FALL OR SUMMER FLOAT WITH THIS CRAZY WEATHER!!! 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 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. IF YOU NEED A BOAT BE SURE TO CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $70.00 WHEN YOU SIGN UP. BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers, 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!!!!! A light weight rain jacket will keep you dry and warm even if it does not rain. All GLASSES/Sunglasses must 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. 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. We will be stopping for Mexican Food on the way home if you want to join us. More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip. John Miller [masked]

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    Etowah Scenic River Park

    Hwy 9 · Dawsonville, GA

    $35.00
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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (10-20)
    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. Do NOT trust your GPS to get you to the park! We are meeting in CRNRA Johnson Ferry North by the boat ramp. This is at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Columns Drive. Do not turn onto Columns. 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 4:00-5:00pm. 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 4:00 AND 5:00. 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] ([masked])

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    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    301 Johnson Ferry Road · Marietta, GA

    $125.00
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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (10-14)
    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. Do NOT trust your GPS to get you to the park! We are meeting in CRNRA Johnson Ferry North by the boat ramp. This is at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Columns Drive. Do not turn onto Columns. 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 4:00-5:00pm. 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 4:00 AND 5:00. 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] ([masked])

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    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    301 Johnson Ferry Road · Marietta, GA

    $125.00
  • Guided Paddle trip on the Etowah (Euharlee to 411)
    We usually share the river with very few people, even on holidays. 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. 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 the night before so check your email for updates the night before and again before you leave your house in the 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 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, 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 8:45 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded and ready to shuttle no later than 9:00 am. We will organize our shuttle arrangements at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot between 9:00 and 9:15. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00. John Miller [masked]

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    Etowah River Boat Landing on Euharlee Rd

    Euharlee Road · Euharlee, GA

    $35.00
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  • Etowah River to the Indian Mounds! We will stop to see "Skills of the Past"
    NO RENTAL BOAT LEFT AS OF 1:00 PM SEPT 25TH. LOTS OF ROOM IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN BOAT. Skills of the Past will be on display Saturday, Oct 6,[masked] AM to 4 PM 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 $40 if you have your own boat, $75 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 new 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, 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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    Riverside Park

    513 Allatoona Dam Road · Cartersville, GA

    $40.00
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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (9/30)
    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. Do NOT trust your GPS to get you to the park! We are meeting in CRNRA Johnson Ferry North by the boat ramp. This is at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Columns Drive. Do not turn onto Columns. 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 5:00-6:00pm. 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] ([masked])

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    CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

    301 Johnson Ferry Road · Marietta, GA

    $125.00
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  • Pooch Paddle - Yellow River Water Trail
    Join Georgia River Network for a Paddle with Your Pooch on the Yellow River Water Trail. Join us with your pooch in your canoe or kayak for a this fun paddling trip! We will paddle up stream for approximately 2.5 miles (mild to medium current flow) then paddle back down stream to the launch site at Porterdale Yellow River Park (739 Railroad St, Porterdale, GA 30014). The park is pet friendly with picnic tables and a disc golf course. The perfect spot for a picnic lunch! You can bring your own boat or rent from an outfitter (see a list of outfitters in GA: https://www.garivers.org/gwtc/plan-your-adventure/outfitters.html). The paddle will take approximately 3 hours. We will launch at 9:30am and should be back at the park around 12:30pm or 1:00pm. No shuttle will be required since we will leave and return to the same launch site (great for the pooches). Tickets are $20 and include American Canoe Association insurance. Limited to 25 participants - Register NOW! https://www.bigtickets.com/e/garivers/poochpaddle LIABILITY WAIVER Don't forget to fill out your ACA waivers online! Once you have completed your online waiver(s), you will receive an email. Within the email, you will need to click on the included link to finalize submission of the form. Adult- https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/5b19a0da06bf2/web Minor- https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/5b19a1bbadb21/web

    Porterdale Yellow River Park

    739 Railroad St · Porterdale , ga

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  • LAST Safety­ class of 2018. What to do WHEN your boat turns over (Sept 29)
    The cost of the class is $125.00 if you do not have a boat. $99.00 if you are bringing a boat. Just change the amount when you are prompted to pay if you are bringing your own boat. ******************************************************************************** If you paddle a kayak on any type of water, YOU NEED THIS CLASS! Does not matter how long you have been paddling, if you still drag boats filled with water to the bank to empty them, YOU NEED THIS CLASS!! If you are not comfortable falling out of your boat, YOU NEED THIS CLASS! YOU WILL BE WET, VERY WET, MOST OF THE DAY! I have now introduced over 2500 people to paddling. I know that some of you still do not feel very comfortable paddling on your own, so this course is for you. If you are still not quite sure what to do if you go swimming, this course is for you. We will review the basics of paddling but then we will learn several different ways to deal with a swamped kayak, both in still deep water and in moving water. The more you know about self rescue, the safer things will be for you and your paddle partners. This class is suitable for beginners. Heck, beginners need it the most! If you do not have your own boat yet, a boat, paddle and PFD will be provided. All you need to bring is food and water. We will put in at Johnson Ferry Park and take out at Paces Mill. You do not need to set your own shuttle, we will do this as a group. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call me. John Miller [masked]

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    CRNRA Johnson Ferry Park

    Johnson Ferry Road · Marietta, GA

    $125.00
  • Basic River Kayak Class. (9/23)
    This event was canceled.