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Descriptions of 2015 Guided Paddle Trips

Jan. 10--Polar Bear Paddle & Plunge

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Where: Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park in Rome

This annual 6-mile paddle helps bring in the new year right! Take a chilly trip down the Etowah River and through downtown Rome and watch a few brave paddlers take a rope swing plunge into the Etowah. 

March 21--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 28—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 11—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 18—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 25—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 9—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 17 Pig Paddle & Party

Time: 1-8 p.m.

Where: Etowah River near Rom

This fundraiser paddle features a six-mile paddle on the Etowah River followed by a barbecue dinner and kayak raffle. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS 

May 23—Fish Weir Paddle on the Etowah in Cherokee County

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

Where: Etowah River near Canton

This 13-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 13—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. 

June 20—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

July 25--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. 1—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. 8—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.

Sept. 5—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. 28—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.

Oct. 4--Paddling Through History at Valley View Farm

Time:1-8 p.m. 

This fundraiser paddle features a six-mile paddle on the Etowah River, tours of historic Valley View--an antebellum plantation home--a catered dinner and a kayak raffle. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS

Oct. 31—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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