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Double Dam :: Buford Dam to Morgan Falls Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Chattahoochee River   Water: Double Dam :: Buford Dam to Morgan Falls Dam  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 2 2024  7:00 am >> Sat, Mar 2 2024 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 26 2024 11:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 1 2024 11:11 am
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:36 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



This is what I (and you) have been waiting for:
This paddle is
 all business - it will be an event that will test every facet of your paddling strength, knowledge, skills and ability to adapt to ever changing situations while on the raging Chattahoochee! Safety is paramount as well as team work and motivation...did I mention SAFETY!??! PFDs are to be worn the whole time, additional safety equipment is suggested. 

You'll need plenty of food, water & energy for the entire paddle after all it's a challenge, I don't plan to be stopping long for food breaks - as we can eat/drink on the float, but we will pull off and take a stretch & eat at Medlock Bridge ramp (15 min at most). I mentioned before it's a business trip! I probably won't be the fastest boat on the water, but speed will be in play.
There are some boat ramps & parks along the way if folks needed to use facilities that are a little more civilized than on shore (especially since most of the shoreline is this section is privately owned), conducting "nature breaks" on the float might be an advantage as the day burns stops are not something I want to waste a lot of time with. Communication is key on those too, if not in sight we'll want to know where everyone is and if they stop - so be sure cell is 100% b4 launching and load critical numbers before we launch.
We're going with the flow of course so we might not need to paddle the whole time, but if you expect the worst and hope for the best this will be an event you can talk about at the water cooler on Monday :P I do plan on doing some stretching if we ever see any of the rock formations that are typically available all the way down river...but with Lanier over "pool" and the flow being as it may...that might not happen easily...we'll play that be ear. As we get closer to Norcross and Roswell we all become quite familiar with the launches that have floating dock and cement/rock that may prove to be easier..again playing it by ear.
I have launched a few times from ramps up and down the Hootch this winter and there is a TON of mud on the ramps right now and I expect that to be much of the same all the way down river. If you need to exit the river for a nature break, use extreme caution getting in and out of your boats, again communication is critical for our success (originally from winter 2021/22 , but it usually applies).

Ask yourself?
Are you up for the CHALLENGE of the DOUBLE DAM?

CAN YOU BEAT THE Original record-setting time of 5h50m?

Shuttling at Morgan Falls Overlook Park meeting at 07:00 arrive a bit earlier please
Carpooling to Lower Pool Park just below Buford Dam ETA 07:45
Paddles up & launching at 08:00 



Required Items to Bring:

Kayak, Canoe, Surfski
Helmet or headwear
GPS, CellPhone (waterproof case)
Food, Water & energy for a monster paddle
Hygiene Gear #2 ;)
dry-fit clothing in layers, dry clothes
safety gear, throw rope, bilge pump
locking carabiners
dry bag(s) 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Wind protection
First AId Kit
Themarest sit pad
Garmin InReach - with SPOT tracking - so everyone can follow

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Buford Dam Lower Pool West park & boat ramp
3600 Buford Dam Road (at the end of Lower Pool Road)
Cumming, GA 30041
CRNRA Bowmans Island North Unit

Morgan Falls Overlook Park
200 Morgan Falls Road
Sandy Spring, GA 30350
(park closes at 9pm)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):60Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $24.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Giving everyone plenty of lead time on this to "train" up to's no joke - even if the flow is pushing you.


post paddle lunch?? 

Event time hopefully includes shuttle time - but plan for a full day 

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