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Kayak the Upper Etowah

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Dahlonega, GA   Water: Kayak the Upper Etowah  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 26 2013  10:30 am >> Sun, May 26 2013 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, May 5 2013 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 15 2013 12:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:$40.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:11
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This part of the river is only navigable/open to kayaking until late Spring/early Summer and we are extremely optimistic that we can do this particular trip. If we cannot do the Upper Etowah, we have a contingency plan (see below) so you'll be out on the water either way.  For the Upper Etowah: We haven't done this trip before but here is what we can tell you: We will meet at the Outfitters (directions below) and they will shuttle us and our boats/gear to the put in location and then pick us back up at the take out location. What happens in the middle of that is unknown - that's why we're listing this one as Exploratory. We do know there are some Class 2 rapids so prior kayaking experience is a must. We also know the trip is about 8 miles long and should take about 3 1/2 hours. 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.

This trip is not suitable for beginners. We will be using the Outfitters sit on top kayaks (see below if you want to bring your own kayak). The Outfitter will provide the shuttles, 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 while at the "home base".  There are no restroom facilities at the put in or take out location.

The plan is to stop as a group about halfway through the trip, perhaps on an Island or sandy beach to have a short break and small snack. We'll ask the Outfitter for a suggested place to stop. We will also stop for a late lunch afterwards on the way back to the carpool. Please make sure you work this out with the carpool driver before leaving the carpool location.

Contigency plan: If we cannot do the Upper Etowah due to low water, we will do Yahoola Creek + Chestatee River (all as one float). The Yahoola/Chestatee trip is more of a beginner trip but it gets us out on the water. This trip is about 8.5 miles and takes the same amount of time. If we go this route, I will let you know a few days ahead of time.

Lunch will be at Big D's BBQ in Dawsonville on 400S at Hwy 53. It's good BBQ and the last time we were there you were allowed to walk next door and buy beer/wine at the gas station and drink it with your meal. We sat outside.

6566 Hwy 53 E  Dawsonville, GA 30534

more info:


Bring your own kayak - we will allow up to three personal kayaks for a fee of $24. If you plan to bring your own kayak, the first three people who sign up and send an email to Lauren indicating they will BYOK will be able to bring their own kayak. If you do bring your own kayak and plan to carpool, I would plan on being one of the drivers. Do not pay yet via paypal until you get a confirmation from me saying you can BYOK. Inflatable kayaks are not recommended for this trip.

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. If you are paying using a method other than PayPal, email your Trip Leaders as soon as you sign up.

No partial payment for partial attendance.

The dudes that run this place are great. They work hard schlepping these kayaks around and work mostly for tips. 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.


Please print, complete and sign the waiver and bring it to the event:

http://www.canoegeorgia.c om/waiver.pdf


 ** Please note: the participants that are on the roster before registration opens were folks from the canceled 4/27 trip.

Required Items to Bring:

See below for recommended items. Technically, nothing is required.

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.
  • 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. Chose Satellite view and it will show you the parking lot of the Outfitter:

34.50760, -83.97404

2084 South Chestatee, Dahlonega, GA

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):82Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $32.80 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.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$40.00/Person
Cost Includes:

kayak rental, paddle, PFD and shuttle

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Wed, May 15 2013.
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. See Cancellation Policy below for more details. If you are paying using a method other than PayPal, email your Trip Leaders as soon as you sign up. If you cancel on or before 15 May, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund beginning 16 May unless someone replaces you and pays in full, then you will receive a full refund less a $5 administrative fee. The Trip Leaders will make a reasonable effort to replace your spot after 15 May but can make no promises. PayPal is the only accepted method of payment.

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

No partial payment for partial attendance.