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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed through the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for details; you will be given payment instructions after you sign up. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

Toccoa River Canoe Trail Paddle/Wilderness Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Morganton, GA   Water: Toccoa River Canoe Trail Paddle/Wilderness Camping  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 25 2016  8:00 am >> Sun, Jun 26 2016 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, May 4 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 4 2016 11:59 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
Todd M
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Member Cost:$104.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



This will be a fun and professionally guided overnight paddle trip down the nationally renown Toccoa River Canoe Trail. We will enjoy a lot of calm flowing water, as well as some Class 1 and Class 2 rapids. You are welcome to bring your own boat or you may rent one from our outfitter, Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters.  They have a wide variety of solo, tandem, sitting, or standing boat options available.  Whether you bring your own boat or rent theirs, the $104 fee is the same.  The camp site is completly primitive wilderness with no bathrooms or running water.  The guide will go to Swinging Bridge on Saturday morning and reserve spaces by setting up some tents.  It is a public area.  We cannot fully guarantee space.  Plan B:   in the unlikely event that they can't secure enough space at Swinging Bridge, we will camp a tad further downstream on private land that will be arranged by the outfitter.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

7:45 AM - Meet at carpool at Busbee Park 'n Ride lot

8:00 AM - depart

10:00 AM - Arrive at Lake Blue Ridge  Outfitters  

     -organize boats for those who are renting, load the truck

     -recieve PFD's, pack your stuff in their dry bags if you wish

     -get on shuttle and head to Deep Hole put-in to begin our float

Noon - arrive Deep Hole and have lunch

Late afternoon - arrive at The Swinging Bridge and camp for the night, this is a really neat spot on the river and a popular stop on the Benton MacKaye Trail system

Evening - have dinner, live music and merriment!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

9:00  Breakfast, Break camp, paddle out

Late Afternoon - arrive Sandy Bottoms, load out, shuttle back to outfitter for our cars 


Required Items to Bring:

-your own PFD if you are not using one of theirs

-clothing/foot wear for being on and off the water

-sun screen and bug repellant

-tent, air matress, sleeping bag

-food and drinks:  2 lunches [eaten on the river], 1 dinner in camp, 1 breakfast in camp, snacks while on the water, cooking gear for camp

-your best shower singing voice for campfire songs : )

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

-small personal dry storage to keep in your boat for your phone, camera, wallet, etc.

-rain gear

-sweater or jacket

-musical instrument

-If you bring and instrument, including your best shower voice, you can be ready to link to my song list with chords and lyrics here.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Use this Google Maps link to cutomize your directions if you are meeting us at 10:00 AM at the outfitter, it is located here.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


-You must pay by the deadline, June 4, 2016,  in order to stay on the list

-65 Liter pack size is your limit for guide boat storage of your items

-You must have a valid GA Fishing Licence with you if you intend to fish

-The outfitter can provide a sleeping pad upon request, but not sleeping bag

-I'm bringing a full size truck and can take two people and two boats if needed.

-Look at the restistrant list and consider teaming up with one or two others for sharing tent, cook set, and food.  Feel free to contact me if you'd like to share cooking items.

-Email sent June 2:  Hi everyone, To those of you who have taken care of this, thanks and ignore this message!   If you have not paid, note you have until June 4.  Please know, if you miss the deadline, you go to the end of the line behind those on the wait list.   Other business:  I have been in contact with the outfitter.  Since we are such a large group, he wants you to contact him ASAP about if you are getting a boat or bed roll from him.  See descriptioin.  Also, he is saying pack light or, plan to carry more in your boat.  Because of the group size he will be more limited in how much of your gear he and the other guide will be able to carry.  The Atlanta Outdoor Band has been rehearsing!  We will have guitars, harmonicas, drums, and many voices.  I am working on sending an electronic songbook that you can download on your phone.   Gonna be a good time!

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     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$104.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-Two day boat rental and all accsessories [paddles, personal flotation devices] or you may bring your own

-Two days of professional/life guard certified river guide services

-Cold bottled water and soft drinks during the float

-Space to keep your own drinks cold in their cooler

-Dry bag storage on guide's boat.   You don't have to keep any of your items in your boat if you don't want.   Then, you can be nice and light for the paddle.  HOWEVER, there is a 65 Liter pack size limit for any of your personal items that you wish to store on the guide's boat. 

-shuttle service to and from outfitter's location in Morganton, GA 

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Sat, Jun 4 2016.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Payment must be received by payment due date, June 4, 2016.   Any member who misses the deadline will be removed from the list. Please note, the outfitter runs trips rain or shine, but may cancel the trip due to severe inclement weather. If trip is cancelled by the outfitter, a full refund will be issued.


If you cancel on or before midnight June 4th, you will receive a full refund less a $10 administrative fee.  There will be no refunds for cancellations after June 4th, unless someone (approved by the trip leader) replaces you from the wait list and pays in full.