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CRBI hosts 2 paddling experiences in October

Published in the Rome News Tribune 09/30/10

CRBI hosts 2 paddling experiences in October                             

09/30/2010

The Coosa River Basin Initiative and New Echota Rivers Alliance will host a 13-mile paddle trip on the Oostanaula River on Saturday.

It begins at the Department of Natural Resources boat ramp at Ga. 156 near Calhoun and ends at Ga. 140 in Armuchee.

The trip is a flatwater paddle suitable for beginners and novices. Participants should expect to spend the full day on the water.

Pre-registration is required. The trip is free to CRBI and NERA members — join at coosa.org or newechotarivers.org. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. To register for the trip, visit coosa.org or contact Alan Crawford at 706-291-7449.

A paddle in Bartow County on Sunday, Oct. 17, is a fundraiser to support the Etowah Blue Trail project — an effort to create a 160-mile long canoe and kayak trail from Dawsonville to Rome.

The “Paddling Through History” event starts with a tour of Valley View Farm before a six-mile paddle on the Etowah River to Euharlee. A catered dinner will follow the paddle.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at coosa.org. The suggested donation is $75 for one or $130 per couple and includes canoe/kayak rentals for the paddle, dinner and beverages, a chance to win a new recreational kayak and a year’s membership in CRBI.

The deadline is Oct. 11. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs through the early evening.

Oct. 17

Also, the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) will give local residents a chance to discover more than 1,000 years of human history in the Etowah River Valley at its “Paddling Through History” event at Valley View Farm and the Etowah River on Oct. 17.

The event is a fundraiser to generate support for the Etowah Blue Trail project—an effort to create a 160-mile long canoe and kayak trail from Dawsonville to Rome.

Paddling Through History begins with a tour of the historic Valley View Farm, a circa 1848 plantation home that was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. After the tour, patrons will stroll to the river for a six-mile paddle trip from the Farm to Euharlee. Along the way, they’ll paddle over 1,000-year-old rock dams built by the area’s original inhabitants. Native Americans used these rock weirs to capture fish, and dozens of them cross the Etowah between Cartersville and Rome. A catered dinner in the courtyard of the historic Valley View home will follow the paddle.

A kayak raffle and auction featuring a guided striped bass fishing trip on the Etowah are also included.

“The Etowah holds the best family paddling in North Georgia,” said Joe Cook, Executive Director & Riverkeeper with CRBI. “The historic resources in the river itself and through the river corridor are, perhaps, unsurpassed in the state. We need to develop and promote these rich cultural and recreational resources as amenities for local residents and visitors to the area.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at www.coosa.org. The suggested donation is $75 or $130 per couple and includes canoe/kayak rentals for the paddle, dinner and beverages, a chance to win a new recreational kayak, and a year’s membership in CRBI.

Only 75 ticket to the event will be sold; the RSVP deadline is Oct. 11. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs through the early evening.

Money raised at the event will support the creation of the Etowah Blue Trail and will be matched by a challenge grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga. The Foundation is providing up to $10,000 to create a website for the Blue Trail that will include interactive maps for the length of the river.



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