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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.

Kayak the Etowah - Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Dawsonville, GA   Water: Kayak the Etowah - Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 20 2013  9:30 am >> Sat, Jul 20 2013 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jul 1 2013 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jul 16 2013 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:9 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:20
Minimum Group Size:12
Number Registered So Far: 22 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is one of the Outfitters longer trips but it is suitable for beginners. We'll kayak through the 10,000 acre Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. The trip is rated for beginners and averages 3 -4 hours and it is 9 miles long. We will be using their sit on top kayaks (see below if you want to bring your own kayak). The Outfitter will provide shuttle, kayak, PFD (personal flotation device) and paddles.

The Outfitter will pick us up from the parking location noted below and drive us to the put in spot. From there we will float/drift/paddle back to the original location where we left our cars. There are no changing areas at the original location but there is porta potty. This porta potty resembles what you might find beside a frat house on a ripe August day after an all weekend party. Enter at your own risk.

You won't have any sort of reliable cell phone service in that lot (keep that in mind if you try to call one of your Trip Leaders).

We'll stop about halfway through and get out and stretch our legs and have a snack. We will also stop for 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.

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.

Bring your own kayak - we will allow up to three personal kayaks for a fee of $17.00. 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.

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. Please consider bringing a few bucks to tip them. Lauren and Allston are happy to collect the tips from everyone. The last AOC trip yielded these guys a big fat tip - they deserve it.

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

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:

34.35318, -84.20595

More directions:



Do not pay the $3 fee at the gate when you enter the parking lot. The Outfitter will take care of that for us.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):64Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:45 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $25.60 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.

Important information for paid events in which payment is managed through the AOC:

     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

     - Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to those who have already paid.

     - Third-party vendors often require damage deposits. Each registrant agrees to be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any withheld deposits due to the actions of or damages caused by that registrant.

     - 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.

     - Read the event description carefully for additional information, and contact the trip leader(s) with any questions.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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 Tue, Jul 16 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.

If you cancel on or before July 16th, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund beginning July 17th 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 July 17th but can make no promises.