Going with the Flow to the Dam - Thu, Mar 11 2021

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Going with the Flow to the Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Island Ford CRNRA Boat Ramp   Water: Going with the Flow to the Dam  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Mar 11 2021  4:45 pm >> Thu, Mar 11 2021 6:45 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 9 2021 11:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 11 2021 11:11 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:9 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
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: No


Once again the flow rates are CRAZY so we're GOING WITH THE FLOW tonight. Self-shuttle from Island Ford's Boat Ramp (got the nod from the Ranger that we will be ok if we return for the shuttle car before 8:30pm...should be plenty of time). Paddle down river - avoiding debris fields- down to the Dam at Morgan Falls Park.

We'll be doing a bit of exploring along the way to shake things up a bit so it's 9 solid miles.

Self-Shuttling is enforced so bring a "yak-buddy!" Drop the take out car at Morgan Falls lot in Sandy Springs (the play ground area, next to High Country O'fitters Paddle Shack), load both boats up and head to Island Ford's lot nearest the dirt field that leads to the boat ramp...both locations have LONG distances for carrying a boat, be prepared for that. ...especially at MF's it will be dark and you will be spent! Even though this is a "GWTF" paddle last week the head wind was relentless. We'll also be traveling over the shoals in water that has been moving at 5,000+ cf/s so this isn't a beginners paddle event at all..fast water, cold water, dirty water, dark finishing conditions require a bit of experience, so if you don't have a lot and I have not paddled with you before - expect a call from me before I allow you to come out.
Aiming for a 4:45pm launch time at Island Ford. Last week we had a late-comer that htfu their way down to catch up to us, but I expect you to be on time. :) 

USCG approved LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED! Headlamps a plus!

FLOW RATES: https://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/rfr-above-roswell.htm 


Required Items to Bring:

Kayak, SUP or canoe
PFD - at min. it must be on vessel in plain sight
Bow or Stern Light the is visible from 360°
Beverage of choice

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ThermaRest Sit Pad


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take out is at Morgan Falls Park - be prepared for a LONG portage!
400 Morgan Falls Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Drop in is at the Boat Ramp - Island Ford CRNRA (parking fees are required) 1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30350 - the boat ramp road goes off to the right just BEFORE the Visitors Center....see GPS link above for DROP IN LOCATION


Parking is free at MF 

IF requires the CRNRA fee/tag to park., arrive early and get your yearly pass

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