Descriptions of 2019 Guided Paddle Trips
CLICK HERE to register for a trip.
Registered participants will receive an email outlining the final details prior to each paddle trip. Typically, participants will meet between 9-10 a.m. on the morning of each paddle trip and be off the water by 4 p.m. although details may change.
Polar Bear Paddle & Plunge CANCELLED due to river conditions
Feb. 9 Heart of the Community Paddle in Rome
Join Romans for a short 1.5 mile paddle on the Oostanaula and Coosa Rivers from Ridge Ferry Park to Heritage Park and see downtown Rome from a river point of view. This event to celebrate heart health is free with complimentary canoe and kayak rentals.
Mar. 16–Dawson Forest Paddle in Dawson County
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.
Apr. 20—Earth Day on the Etowah–Euharlee to US 411
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.
May 18—McGraw Ford Paddle on the Etowah in Cherokee County
Where: Etowah River near Canton
This 9-mile paddle on the Etowah takes you from Eagle’s Beak Park 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.
June 15–Georgia’s “Other Chattooga” Paddle near Lyerly
This 7-mile journey runs from historic Lyerly Dam to Holland-Chattoogaville Road, taking in gentle shoals, picturesque bluffs and clear, cold springs.
July 20–Mussel paddle on the Oostanaula River
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. 17—Indian Mound Paddle Allatoona to Leake Mound Site
Where: Etowah River near Cartersville
This 10-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.
Sept. 13—Harvest Moon Paddle (Night 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. 28—Etowah Clean Sweep
Where: Etowah River
Our big Rivers Alive Clean-up on the Etowah River. Help us clean up the Etowah River from Allatoona Dam to Heritage Park! Specific location details TBD. Rentals are free on this trip. If you register and need a rental boat, go ahead and reserve a boat but do not check out on PayPal.
Nov. 2—Fall Foliage Paddle on the Etowah River (411 to Grizzard)
Where: Etowah River near Rome
View the fall colors along an 18-mile stretch of the Etowah river as you journey from the outskirts of Bartow County, through the most remote stretch of the lower Etowah River and on to Grizzard Park in Floyd County. This will be a long and beautiful paddle.