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GA Park Paddlers Club Series - Paddle 1 Chattahoochee Bend

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Newnan   Water: GA Park Paddlers Club Series - Paddle 1 Chattahoochee Bend  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 4 2017  8:00 am >> Sat, Mar 4 2017 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Feb 15 2017 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 25 2017 6:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Jerry K
Patrick Barry
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Your TL's are experienced paddlers and enjoy planning and experiencing areas outside of metro Atlanta.  Both have kicked around the idea and 2017 is the year we get the shirt offered by GA State Parks.

Join us for our quest to earn the coveted Park Paddlers Club T Shirt!  The GA State Park system has identified 6 waterways, 22 miles total, at various locations around the state, that comprise the Park Paddler Club. These parks are Chattahoochee Bend, Crooked River, George L Smith, Reed Bingham, Stephen Foster, and Sweetwater Creek. If you’re familiar with the Canyon Climbers Club or Muddy Spokes Club, this is the same idea. We will be scheduling various paddles/camping events based on locations and weather throughout the year. The official number is 22 miles, we see this as a minimum and intend on doing much more dependent on parks and conditions.

How it works: You purchase a Park Paddlers Club card from a ranger station at any participating park or online at then visit each park and paddle the specified waterway and minimum length. The ranger will then stamp your card. Once all 6 stamps are collected, you send the card in and receive a Paddlers Club T-shirt by mail.

Our intentions are to offer camping opportunities at each event, these will be posted accordingly. At each event all paddlers will be expected to have their own boats and equipment and be able to paddle a strong D3 or D4. Our paddles will involve currents, wild animals, and many hours in a boat – it is not an advanced series of events, but the paddles also will not be beginners’ paddles in most cases. We hope to complete the series within 2017, but dates will be subject to locations and geographical considerations (i.e. we won’t paddle the swamp during yellow fly season, etc.). So join us for one, join us for all, just join us and paddle!

Our first paddle will be Chattahoochee Bend park. This is a 5-mile day trip which will begin at McIntosh Reserve Park, just off Highway 5 south of Whitesburg, Georgia. We will set up a shuttle to Chattahoochee Bend based on participants and vehicles in attendance. The state website states that paddlers can expect to see otters, a variety of herons and water birds as well as Bald Eagles. Deer, bobcats and coyotes come to the river’s edge to drink. Our paddle ends at the Chattahoochee Bend Day Use Area Boat Ramp, the first access with parking and vehicle access. The paddle is billed as a day trip, but we will be doing in a shorter amount of time as we will then go to our second paddle - Sweetwater Creek Park. Please see separate event posting for this paddle.

Your leaders have paddled this section of the Chattahoochee, and are aware that dependent on water levels and natural occurences, it is likely to have class ones, dead fall, obstaccles and large rocks to manuever around. Nothing is extreme, but you should feel comfortable manuevering a kayak in a current. Your leaders are expereinced in rescue, but see no likelihood of needing to exercise such strategies.

We will meet at the boat ramp at McIntosh Reserve Park

As this and Sweetwater Creek are the first paddles of the series, participants in either/both paddles will have first priority in upcoming paddles. we want to be able to accommodate all who would like to earn the tshirt together. 

All members are welcome to register and participate in each event. However those who have registered to complete the Paddlers Club Series will have first priority. When registering all members will go to a wait list. Those in the Paddlers Club Series will be added to the event first. After those registrants have been added, other registrants will be added in the order they have registered. 

At the end of the paddle we will caravan to Sweetwater Creek and meet others there, commencing with the second paddle in the series. This paddle will be relatively easier and will not require a shuttle.  

Those interested in camping are invited to stay for the night. we'll discuss those details closer to the paddle.   

Required Items to Bring:

Kayak or canoe and paddles 

PFD  - No PFD - No Paddle

Food /water

Appropriate clothing and a dry change

$5 for parking or a park pass 

Great Attitude

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

IPAs for your leaders

sun protection

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
Mc Intosh Reserve Park - 1046 W McIntosh Cir, Whitesburg, GA 30185
Take State Rte 34 Bypass and US-27 ALT N to W McIntosh Cir in Carroll County
urn  right onto GA-34 W/Bullsboro Dr (signs for Newman)
Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto State Rte 34 Bypass/Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd
Continue to follow State Rte 34 Bypass
Turn right onto US -27 ALT N
Turn left onto GA-5
Turn left  onto Burnett Rd/W McIntosh Cir
Continue to follow W McIntosh Cir
Mc Intosh Reserve Park to Chattahoochee Bend Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park - 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan, GA 30263


Head north on  W McIntosh Cir
Continue on GA-5 N. Take US-27 ALT SDyer Rd and Mount Carmel Rd to Bud Davis Rd in Coweta County
Turn right onto GA-5 N
Turn right onto US-27 ALT S/Main St
Continue on US-27 ALT S/Main St
Turn right onto Dyer Rd
Turn right onto Wagers Mill rd
Turn right onto Boone Rd
Turn left  onto Payton Rd
Turn right onto Mount Carmel Rd
Continue on Bud Davis Rd. Drive to Flat Rock Rd


May cancel in case of inclement weather

If bringing a dog, be sure your friend is well versed in your boat

Dogs must have PFDs also

Please realize other paddles in this series are not suitable for dogs, especially when we visit the Swamp areas which are inhabited by many predators.

We will meet at the boat ramp at McIntosh Reserve Park

Park Paddlers Club Cards may be purchased in advance online or at Ranger Stations http://www.georgiastatepark

Please feel free to set up your own carpool - plan on being 30 minutes early to the event.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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

This event may be cancelled due to inclement weather