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Descriptions of 2014 Guided Paddle Trips

March 22--Dawson Forest Paddle in Dawson County

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Ga. 9 near Dawsonville

This 8-mile paddle on the Etowah 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. 

March 29—McGraw Ford Paddle on the Etowah in Cherokee CountyTime: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Canton

This 15-mile paddle on the Etowah takes you from Old Federal Road to East Cherokee Drive—a trip that cuts through the heart of the scenic McGraw Ford Wildlife Management Area, over several Native American fish weirs and into the area’s rich history of gold mining.

April 12—Armuchee Creek

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Armuchee Creek near Rome

This eight mile paddle winds through northern Floyd County on this Oostanaula tributary. Small and intimate and full of fish and wildlife, it’s the quintessential tour of a Ridge and Valley stream.

April 19—Earth Day on the Etowah--Euharlee to US 411

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Euharlee

This 10-mile jaunt from Euharlee to US 411 is arguably the most scenic stretch of the Etowah in Bartow County featuring numerous Native American fish weirs, the Island Ford island complex and a beautiful “rock garden.” Bald eagles and otters have been spotted on this section.

April 26—Cedar Creek Park Paddle

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Cedar Creek near Cave Spring

Explore beautiful Cedar Creek near Cave Spring with our supporters, Cedar Creek Park. This 5-mile paddle from Lyons Bridge Road to US 411 will introduce you to this intimate little creek and the cold water springs so common to this area.

May 3--WATERFEST at Ridge Ferry Park

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Oostanaula River near Rome

Join CRBI for our annual spring fundraiser, paddlesports and environmental education extravaganza. 

May 10—Armuchee Creek & Oostanaula River

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Armuchee Creek & Oostanaula River near Rome

Follow the water on its path from tributary to mainstem on this combo creek-river paddle. Start on Armuchee Creek in Armuchee and paddle to its confluence with the Oostanaula and then down river to Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. The trip passes over a Native American fish weir and provides a glimpse of the mussel diversity on the Oostanaula.

May 18—Chattooga River

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Where: Chattooga River near Trion

This seven mile journey on the tiny Chattooga takes you from the shadows of Northwest Georgia’s oldest cotton mill at Trion into the rural reaches of Chattooga County—a beautiful and intimate journey on a Northwest Georgia gem. This is the first of four “Paddle Georgia’s Other Chattooga” paddle trips. 

May 24—Fish Weir Paddle on the Etowah in Cherokee County

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Canton

This 15-mile paddle on the Etowah takes you through the heart of Cherokee County and a surprisingly rural landscape. Along the way pass over numerous Native American fish weirs as you make your way to the city of Canton. 

June 7—Etowah River: Floyd’s Landing to Euharlee

Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Euharlee

This seven-mile paddle shows off some of Bartow County’s best Native American fish weirs, beautiful riverside springs and even a massive coal-fired power plant as the Etowah winds through a corridor filled with history

June 14—Chattooga River

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Where: Chattooga River near Summerville

This eight mile journey on the Chattooga takes you through Summerville and beneath the shadow of Taylor’s Ridge as it winds through the heart of Chattooga County. Small for pleasure, tangled for challenges and deep in places for rope swinging fun. 

July 26--Mussel paddle on the Oostanaula River 

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Where: Oostanaula River near Calhoun 

This 10-mile paddle takes you from the City of Calhoun into the rural countryside of Gordon County, taking in some of the best freshwater mussel habitat on the Oostanaula River. 

Aug. 2—Indian Mound Paddle Allatoona to Floyd’s Landing

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Cartersville

This 11-mile journey is a crowd-pleaser. Clear water flowing from Lake Allatoona carries you around historic Thompson Weinman Dam, across Native American fish weirs and past the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site where we’ll stop for a tour.

Aug. 9—Oostanaula River Paddle Ga. 156 to Ga. 140

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Oostanaula River near Armuchee

This 10-mile journey carries you through a beautiful stretch of Northwest Georgia’s Ridge and Valley landscape. While ridges rise in the horizon in the distance, on the river, you’ll likely find much evidence of the river’s healthy mussel diversity. Shells will be easy to find.

Aug. 23--River Revelry Blue Sky Outfitter Recycled Raft Race 

Time: 5-7 p.m. 

Where: Oostanaula River in Rome 

Put up your kayak and canoe and design and build your own raft made out of found objects or recycled materials. Then bring it to the Blue Sky Outfitter Recycled Raft Race to see if it will float 1.5 miles down the Oostanaula to CRBI's River Revelry--A Biodiversity Bash! A beer and barbecue bash awaits at the finish line. 

Aug. 30—Chattooga River Paddle

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Chattooga River near Lyerly

The last installment of the “Paddle Georgia’s Other Chattooga” series, this 7-mile journey runs from historic Lyerly Dam to Holland-Chattoogaville Road, taking in gentle shoals, picturesque bluffs and clear, cold springs. 

Sept. 6—Fish Weir Paddle on the Etowah River

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Kingston

Traditionally one of our most popular paddles, this trip plots a 17-mile course from US 411 to Grizzard Park in Rome, winding through some of the most remote stretches of the Lower Etowah and providing access to the best of the Etowah’s fish weirs and other historic sites.

Sept. 8—Harvest Moon Paddle

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Where: Coosa River near Rome

Catch the Harvest Moon over the Coosa River on this 6-mile, moonlight paddle from Heritage Park in Downtown Rome to Lock and Dam Park on the Coosa.

Sept 27--Etowah River Clean Sweep

Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: All 48 miles of the Etowah from Allatoona Dam to Rome!

Join CRBI and our many partners in this Rivers Alive Cleanup in which we attempt to clean every mile of the Etowah from Allatoona Dam to Rome. Paddle trips will be planned for numerous sections of the river. 

Nov. 1—Fall Foliage Paddle Etowah & Coosa Rivers

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Etowah & Coosa Rivers near Rome

View the fall colors along a 12-mile stretch of the Etowah and Coosa rivers as you journey from the outskirts of Rome, through downtown and on to historic Lock and Dam Park on the Coosa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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