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Etowah River Paddle - Canton

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Canton   Water: Etowah River Paddle - Canton  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 14 2018  8:30 am >> Sun, Oct 14 2018 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 9 2018 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 13 2018 7:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:16 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: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


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

This section of river lies between McGraw Ford and Boling Park. It is a fairly mellow section, and the water levels are normally high enough to paddle.  

Though it passes through the heart of one of the country’s fastest growing counties, the Etowah in Cherokee County remains surprisingly wild as it winds snake‐like from East Cherokee Drive to Canton. Marked by six Native American fish weirs, this section of river, while a window to the past, runs headlong into 21 st century demands including landfills, waters supply reservoirs and wastewater treatment plants. Though mostly flatwater, the river periodically quickens its pace oversmallshoals and fish weirs. (

We will begin our day by meeting at Gober Beach off East Cherokee in Canton (Macedonia area). The put in is at a large dirt section with plenty of staging parking underneath the East Cherokee Cross Bridge. Once our boats are unloaded we will run a caravan to Boling Park in Canton to drop off cars. The shuttle is about the same mileage as the paddle itself.  


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





great attitude

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The launch is located off Ga. 5 near Ball Ground. From Exit 24 on I‐575 north of Canton, go south on Airport Road 0.5 mile to Ga. 5. Turn left on Ga. 5 and proceed 1 mile to East Cherokee Drive on right. Turn right and proceed 0.8 mile to river and launch area on left.

Take Out Site: The take out is located in the City of Canton’s Boling Park on river right. 

From launch site on East Cherokee Dr., return to Ga. 5. Turn left and proceed 1 mile to Airport Road on right. Turn right and proceed 0.5 mile to I‐575. Take I‐575 south to Canton and proceed 7.2 miles to Exit 16 (Ga. 20 west). Take Ga. 20 west 0.6 mile to redlight at Ga. 140/Ga. 20. Turn right and proceed 0.4 mile to Boling Park on left. Turn left and proceed 0.4 mile to picnic area on left

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

Paddle will be weather dependent