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Etowah River through Dawson Forest, GA

Guided Trip - Dawsonville, GA

  • Started Jul 21
  • From 40 US dollars
  • Etowah Scenic Park, Dawsonville, GA

Service Description

Did you know the government used to operate a TOP SECRET Nuclear testing facility near Dawsonville? Come see what's left!! -THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR SECTION OF THE ETOWAH. If you have never done this before, don't wait any longer. If you have done it before come on back. We would love to see you. -This trip is both beginner and kid friendly. -Let's paddle, swim, hike to the water falls and play on the rope swing. We watch the weather and river levels very carefully. The decision to go or cancel due to weather is made the night before at approximately 6:00 pm so check your email for updates the night before and before you leave your house on trip morning. -BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers, soft 6 pack size works fine if using a rental boat), plenty of water, a snack/protein bar, and sunscreen. -What to WEAR: water shoes (no flip flops), quick-dry clothing (not cotton or denim), hat (optional). DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!!!!! A light weight rain jacket will keep you dry and warm even if it does not rain. -All GLASSES/Sunglasses should be secured by a cord. There is a possibility of loss. This 9-mile paddle on the Etowah run 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. We will paddle from Hwy 9 to the Kelly Bridge takeout. For those that have not paddled this section, it is beautiful and suitable for beginners. Do not be surprised if we have to dodge a few strainers. We will stop by a cool water fall. A true "Kodak moment". This is not a race. We will be moving slow, playing in eddies, watching for wildlife, swimming in the cool waters, picnicking by the river, etc, etc. Please arrive at The River Park NO LATER than 8:30 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded NO LATER than 8:30 am. We will organize our shuttle arrangements at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot by 8:45. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00. More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip.

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