The Etowah River User's Guide, a joint book project of Georgia River Network and CRBI, is now available for purchase. This 160-page on-river guide with waterproof pages features more than 150 color photos and a wealth of information about the Etowah. Learn More and Purchase A Copy!
Now in it's second year, Rome's Big Float is even bigger and better than ever! Join us for a 6-mile float trip on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park in downtown Rome for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts and anything else that floats your boat (so long as it actually floats).
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Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including best decorated vessel, best costume, best homemade raft, largest flotilla and more.
CRBI invites civic, church and school groups as well as businesses to create their own rafts or flotillas of tubes and enjoy the day on the beautiful Etowah. Our goal is to fill the river with vessels such that a squirrel could bound from one side of the river to the other without getting its feet wet.
Following the float, River Dog Outpost will host a rocking after party at their beer garden overlooking the Etowah River in downtown Rome.
schedule of events:
11:00 a.m. Registration begins at Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park
11:30 a.m. Shuttles from Heritage Park begin
12:00 p.m. Judging of vessels, costumes begins
12:00 p.m. Last shuttle leaves from Heritage Park
12:45 p.m. Safety Briefing and Winners Announced
1:00 p.m. Boats launch
3:00 p.m. Doors open at River Dog Outpost for post-paddle beer
5:00-until?? SweetWater & River Dog Outpost After Party
Day-of registrations are accepted beginning at 11 a.m. at Dixon Landing in Grizzard Park, but event t-shirts cannot be guaranteed. All shuttles will be provided prior to launch. If you are registering on the day of the event, you should arrive at Grizzard Park no later than 11:30 a.m., register, drop your vessel, and then drive to Heritage Park to park your vehicle at the take out site. A shuttle bus will then carry you back to Grizzard Park.
Great prizes will be up for grabs in our Float-a-thon fundraiser, including canoes and kayaks, outdoor clothing, and much much more! Get your online fundraising page set up and get started in your quest to win the top prizes now.
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