Twilight Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee - Sat, Aug 21 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.

Twilight Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee

The Basics:
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Event Type:Water
Event Location: Dahlonega, GA   Water: Twilight Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 21 2021  5:30 pm >> Sat, Aug 21 2021 8:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 2 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 19 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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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:8
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This event became a 'bucket list' event within the club when we ran them a few years ago. Paddling the Chestatee at twilight is nothing short of magical. Our favorite Outfitter is allowing us to do this trip again. You can't walk in off the street and do this event with them and that makes it even more special. We do have to get started on time.

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. 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 will take their shuttle back afterwards. There are nice changing areas and maintained porta potties for us to use afterwards. It can get a little chilly afterwards so if you are cold natured, you may want to bring a long sleeved shirt to put on when we finish.

We may stop about halfway through at Big Bend Beach (if it's not under water and we feel like it) and get out and stretch our legs and have a snack. We may also grab a late dinner nearby after the paddle if anyone is interested/still hungry. We should have a nice, bright, and almost full moon for this paddle, so we will have more light and can take a slightly slower pace, if desired.

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.

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. With this particular event, they are working after their normal shifts, just so that we can do the evening paddle, so please bring a few bucks 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.

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.


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 for the time prior to actual sunset.
  • Waterproof watch.
  • Waterproof camera.
  • Leave all unneeded items like wallets, keys, pagers, etc. behind unless you have a trustworthy dry bag. There is a safe place to leave car keys at the outpost while you're on the river, if needed.



  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Large coolers, styrofoam coolers, glass bottles.
  • Radios, non-waterproof cameras.
  • Cigarettes (no smoking on this paddle).


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Feel free to use the coordinates below and customize directions from your departure point. Go to and paste the bold text in to the search bar. Chose Satellite view and it will show you the parking lot of the Outfitter:

34.50760, -83.97404

Address: 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.

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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 Thu, Aug 19 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 August 14th, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund beginning August 14th 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 August 14th is expected to pay the same day via PayPal (a 24 hour window).

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