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GWTF :: Full Moon Paddle

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Island Ford CRNRA Boat Ramp   Water: GWTF :: Full Moon Paddle  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Oct 20 2021  5:00 pm >> Wed, Oct 20 2021 8:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 15 2021 11:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Oct 20 2021 11:11 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8.9 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Go With The Flow - Full Moon Paddle on the Hooch:

Please join me for a FULL MOON paddle from Island Ford boat ramp to the dock at Morgan Falls. We will be paddling downstream thru Bull Sluice along the cut-ins for Gold Branch until we get to the cut out at the cliffs, and then from there we will cut out and follow the main river to the floating dock at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. 


Last I looked the flow rates were kinda CRAZY so we're GOING WITH THE FLOW tonight. This self-shuttle paddle will be 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) 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  close to 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 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 5:30pm launch time at Island Ford (SETTING SHUTTLES AT 5PM SHARP). 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. :) 

Up to 50% of of this event could be in the DARK - be prepared for the unexpected...more lights the better.





Required Items to Bring:

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

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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.


Parking is free and restrooms are available at MF


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

Times for this event include the shuttling not make us wait :)

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