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Fall Paddle on Lake Tugaloo

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Rabun County, GA on GA/SC Border   Water: Fall Paddle on Lake Tugaloo   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 4 2018  9:30 am >> Sun, Nov 4 2018 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 26 2018 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 3 2018 8:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6 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:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


 Join us for a day of paddling on Lake Tugaloo where we can hopefully enjoy the Fall colors in all their grandure as is typical of the Lake Tugaloo valley area.  

We will paddle northward on the lake to the Chattooga inlet and explore. We'll stop for lunch on  a sandy beach (or other easily accessible point). We will then paddle to the dam for a breathtaking view down the Tugaloo river inlet. 

This is a full day paddle. The lake has a slight current but mostly flat. Time on the water will vary depending on the lake conditions and can be extensive. 

We'll meet at 9:30am near the Jane Hurt Interpretive Center entrance on the side of the road. Look for vehicles with kayaks and canoes. We will follow each other down Stone Place rd to the off road section where we can combine gear if you choose not to take your car down the last mile of soft gravel road terrain.

Required Items to Bring:

Kayak or Canoe

Coast Guard Approved PFD


Whistle (S. Carolina State law)

Food and beverage

Appropriate Clothing

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Change of clothes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the I-85/ I-285 "Spaghetti Jcn" Interchange in NE Atlanta take I-85 North to I-985.

Continue North on 985 as it changes to US- 23/441 (approximately 93 miles from downtown Atlanta and 65 miles from Spaghetti Junction).

After entering the City Limits of Tallulah Falls and crossing the bridge over the river, look for the sign leading to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center on the right (in Tallulah Gorge State Park).

No need to pay for parking as we will be meeting in front of Interpretive entrance and then venturing approximately 4 miles down a dirt road to the lake.

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573


If you would like to carpool please contact members in your area.

Disclaimer: The road from the Interpretive Center to the boat ramp is dirt and rough in places. The last section of it is identified as requiring 4 wheel drive. I have been down it several times without 4 wheel drive and have seen a Camry, Accord, Explorer, 2wd trucks, mini van, etc. having no problem navigating it. Weather affects the road, and it is hard to say what the condition will be when we get there. We can consolidate at the meeting area as much as possible.

 I can haul extra boats down the soft gravel section for those wishing to leave their vehicles at the top. 


This is a weather permitting event

We will not paddle in inclement weather

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