Relaxed Beginner Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee - Sat, May 22 2021

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed through the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for details; you will be given payment instructions after you sign up. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

Relaxed Beginner Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Dahlonega, GA   Water: Relaxed Beginner Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 22 2021  9:30 am >> Sat, May 22 2021 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, May 13 2021 8:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 21 2021 8:15 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Rosemary P
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Member Cost:$31.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



This is a very scenic trip and the water does most of the work for you!  The trip is suitable for beginners and averages 2 - 3 hours and it is 6 miles long. We will be using their sit on top kayaks (see below if you want to bring your own kayak). The Outfitter will provide shuttle, kayak, PFD (personal flotation device) and paddles. We leave from the Outfitter's "home base" and from there we will float/drift/paddle to the takeout spot. We'll take a shuttle back to the "home base". There are nice changing areas and maintained porta potties for us to use afterwards. 

We may stop about halfway through at Big Bend Beach (if it's not under water) and get out and stretch our legs and have a snack. For this reason, we've built in some extra time into our estimated total event duration. 

While this trip is rated for beginners, please be comfortable enough around moving/swift water to take care of yourself and possibly swim. If you fall out of your boat you need to be able to take care of yourself while waiting on assistance from someone else to retrieve your boat and/or paddle and/or help you back in your kayak.

Bring your own kayak - we will allow up to three personal kayaks for a fee of $12.50. If you plan to bring your own kayak, the first three people who sign up and send an email to Allston indicating they will BYOK will be able to bring their own kayak. Do not pay yet via paypal until you get a confirmation from me saying you can BYOK.

COVID Safety: the outfitter's staff all wear face masks, and you will be required to wear one as well until you are in your boat on the river, or if you ride in their shuttle. Both your Trip Leaders are fully vaccinated, but will still wear our masks at these times due to the close proximity to others. Once you're on the river, you do not have to wear one. Please be prepared the respect these guidelines if you sign up.

Carpool: We are not organizing a carpool for this event, due to COVID precautions, but individuals may coordinate with others to ride together as they see fit.

Payment is due within 48 hours of your signing up. If you don't pay within 48 hours of signing up, you will be automatically moved to the waiting list regardless of what your Paypal banner says. Don't expect a reminder email about payment being due. See Cancellation Policy below for more details.

The dudes that run this place are great. They work hard schlepping these kayaks around and work mostly for tips. Please bring an extra $2-$5 to tip them. I'm happy to collect tips and give them to the guys at the end. These guys are my favorite Outfitter because they do everything for you - they don't ask you to carry your kayak. 

Required Items to Bring:

For those bringing their own boats: please be sure to have a PFD. 

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • On the river wear clothing you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Bring a change of clothes for after your trip.
  • Wear something on your feet for protection - old running shoes, sandals or river shoes - NOT Flip-Flops!
  • Food or snacks in unbreakable containers. Bring plenty to drink on hot days.
  • Dress according to the weather. Shorts, bathing suit and t-shirts are great for hot days and wind breakers, wool or nylon shirts for cool days.
  • Sun protection, sunblock, hat and sunglasses.
  • Waterproof watch.
  • Waterproof camera.
  • Leave all unneeded items like wallets, keys, pagers, etc. behind. We have a safe place to leave car keys at the outpost while you're on the river.



  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Large coolers, styrofoam coolers, glass bottles.
  • Radios, non-waterproof cameras.


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

It's best to use the coordinates below and customize directions from your departure point. Go to and paste the bold text in to the search bar. Choose Satellite view and it will show you the parking lot of the Outfitter:

34.50760, -83.97404

2084 South Chestatee, Dahlonega, GA


Take GA Hwy. 400 north past the Dawsonville Outlet Mall area plus a few miles.

Turn left onto GA-60 N/US-19 N/S Chestatee/Co Rd 19/Co Rd 249.

Outfitter will be 3.5 miles on your left. There are yellow gates. 


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     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

     - Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to those who have already paid.

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     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$31.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Kayak rental, paddle, PFD and shuttle

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, May 21 2021.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

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

Payment is due within 48 hours of your signing up. If you don't pay within 48 hours of signing up, you will be automatically moved to the waiting list. Don't expect a reminder email about payment being due and your PayPal banner may not reflect your 48 hour window. See Cancellation Policy below for more details. If you cancel on or before May 18th, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund beginning May 18th unless someone replaces you and pays in full, then you will receive a full refund less a $5 administrative fee. PayPal is the only accepted method of payment. Anyone moved from the Waiting List after May 18th is expected to pay the same day via PayPal (a 24 hour window).

This event is rain or shine unless extreme weather is forecast.