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Shoal Creek Saunter Hike II

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  • Special Event
When Apr 02, 2011
from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
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Contact Phone 706-232-2724
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Join CRBI and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club for this educational hike into the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County. This 1.5-mile moderately strenuous hike will take you to Shoal Creek, home to numerous rare fish species, including the federally protected Cherokee and Etowah darters. Wildlife biologists will collect the fish and provide viewing tanks so that participants can have an "up-close-and-in-person" encounter with these fish.

Along the way you will learn about recent proposals to dam this creek to create a 1,200-acre reservoir that would store water from the Etowah River. This highly controversial project threatens prime habitat for federally protected fish species and the 10,000 acre wildlife management area used by thousands of hikers, bikers, horseback riders, hunters, anglers and boaters each year.

Additionally, the project involves the transfer of 100 million gallons a day out of the Etowah River into Metro Atlanta. Under current Georgia law, such a transfer would be prohibited. CRBI and The Georgia Conservancy are opposed to the construction of this reservoir. The wildlife management area is currently owned by the City of Atlanta's Airport Authority and leased to Georgia.

To reserve your space, please fill out the registration form below. Space is limited to the first 30 people. If demand warrants, two hikes will be held--the first leaving the trailhead at 11 a.m. and the second leaving at 2 p.m.

To register for this trip, please fill out the form below!

Driving Directions and Map: From Atlanta take Ga. 400 North 37 miles to Ga. 53. Turn left on Ga. 53 and follow Ga. 53 6.5 miles to Ga. 9 in Dawsonville. Turn left on Ga. 9/Ga. 53 and continue through Dawsonville on Ga. 53 five miles to Sweetwater Church Road on the left. Turn left on Sweetwater Church Road and follow 0.2 mile to Sweetwater Baptist Church. Park in church parking lot. Shuttle vans will then carry participants a short distance to the Shoal Creek trailhead.