Memorial Day Paddle down the Hooch - Mon, May 25 2015

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Memorial Day Paddle down the Hooch

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Chattahoochee River - Johnson Ferry to Paces Mill   Water: Memorial Day Paddle down the Hooch  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, May 25 2015  11:00 am >> Mon, May 25 2015 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, May 24 2015 1:40 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, May 25 2015 9:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laura V
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Come out and join us for a nice Memorial Day paddle down the beautiful Chattahoochee River. We will begin our journey from the Johnson Ferry unit boat ramp and paddle 7 miles down river to the Paces Mill takeout. Parts of the paddle will be on calm flowing water, and some sections will be on some mild whitewater shoals - at most, Class 1 rapids. The route will include the very scenic section of river along the banks of the Cochran Shoals Unit, the Devil's racecourse between the cliffs of the East and West Palisades Units, and then along Long Island - the one in the Chattachoochee, not the one in New York.

We will take our time enjoying the scenery along the way and may explore some creeks, shoals, or other points of interest along the way. We can also make a short stop at the cliffs along the East Palisades Unit for anyone who wants to cool off and take the 20' plunge off of the popular "jump off" rock.

Weather - As of this posting, there is a 40% chance of isolated storms on Memorial Day. In other words, there's a 60% chance it won't rain. Unless the forecast dramatically changes for the worse, the event will proceed. The temperature will be around 80, so a little rain should not cause you to melt - just wear quick dry clothing and bring a rain jacket if you wish. If a T-storm pops up, we'll just pull off the river for a short period until it blows over. It is a water event... No whiners. ;-)


This is a BYOB event. It is suitable for canoes and kayaks of any style. However, NO tubes, rafts, or other floating things that can not be "paddled".

After unloading our gear at the Johnson's Ferry boat ramp, we will leave one or two people to guard the gear, and we will take some of the vehicles down to the Paces Ferry takeout.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Boat w/ Paddle(s)
  • Coast Guard approved PFD
  • Plenty of fluids to stay hydrated - bring beverages of your choice, however, glass containers strictly prohibited.
  • Great attitude
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Water shoes/sandals
  • Hat / sunglasses
  • Dry bag
  • Food/snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Intersection of Johnson Ferry Rd and Columns Drive. The park entrance is on Johnson Ferry Rd, directly across from the end of Columns Drive. For directions, you can use:

161 Johnson Ferry Rd SE
Marietta, GA 30068

Or GPS coordinates:

N33.94516, W84.40624


There is a $3 parking fee at either the Johnson Ferry or Paces Mill Units unless you have an annual pass.

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