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Etowah River Paddle - Big Savannah

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Dawsonville   Water: Etowah River Paddle - Big Savannah  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 1 2018  8:30 am >> Sat, Sep 1 2018 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sat, Aug 11 2018 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 30 2018 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Jerry K
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join us as we paddle the "Big Savannah" section of the Etowah river.

This section of river lies between the take out of the Tunnel section and the beginiing iof the Dawson Forest section. It is a fairly mellow section, only requiring 60 cfs to navigate comfortably.  

Owing to its rich bottomlands, the Etowah’s Big Savannah was among the first area’s of Dawson County that was settled. As a result, as the Etowah winds through this valley, it is flanked by history at seemingly every turn. The shoals common up stream give way to slower moving water and the scenery shifts from forest to field. For all its peaceful scenery, the valley may be best known as one of the birthplaces of stock car racing. ( includes/pdf/guides/tunneling-for-gold- guide.pdf).

We will begin our day by meeting at The Outside World outfitters in Dawsonville (471 Quill Dr.
Dawsonville, GA 30534). We will then drive to the put in and set up a shuttle down river, approximately 8 river miles.  

This section of the Etowah is very scenic, and an easy paddle when the river is running at 60 cfs or more. Anything below that does create some very shallow areas, so the paddle will be somewhat dependent on the flow. 

We will paddle approximately half way and then look for a lunch spot.


This is a BYOB event - you must have your own kayak/canoe



Required Items to Bring:

boat - there are no rentals





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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The Outside World Outfitters

471 Quill Dr. Dawsonville, GA 30534

Travel 400 North to Dawsonville once you enter the access controlled section of 400 you will pass the light at Whimire / Carlisle Dr, the Outfitter is on the right next to Northstar bikes. Directions to the put in / take out will be shared there, Please contact your leaders if you have any questions. 

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