Going with the Flow to the Dam - Sat, Sep 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:Sat, Sep 11 2021  8:46 am >> Sat, Sep 11 2021 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Thu, Sep 9 2021 11:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 10 2021 11:11 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 14 Minutes
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: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The flow rates are kinda CRAZY so we're GOING WITH THE FLOW today. This self-shuttle paddle will be from Island Ford's Boat Ramp 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. Lotsa cool areas open up in bigger waters.

Self-Shuttling is enforced so bring a "yak-buddy!" Drop the take out car at Morgan Falls lot in Sandy Springs and roll out toward IF at the somber hour of 08:46 (the play ground area, next to High Country O'fitters Paddle Shack).  Island Ford's lot nearest the dirt field that leads to the boat ramp is pretty long and muddy...actually both locations have LONG distances for carrying a boat, be prepared for that. ...especially at MF's it may be muddy, flooded and you will be spent! We'll also be traveling over the shoals in water that has been moving at 15,000+ cf/s so this isn't a beginners paddle event at all..fast water, cold water, dirty water, muddy 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 09:03 am launch time (in honor of Patriot's Day) 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. :) 

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
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 - also another long-ish boat portage.


it may say 08:46 - but arrive well b4 that to set shuttles...I want to be headed to IF by that time.

Parking is free at MF 

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

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