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Twilight Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee With Optional Music & Food Afterwards

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Dahlonega, GA   Water: Twilight Kayak Paddle on the Chestatee With Optional Music & Food Afterwards  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 12 2014  5:00 pm >> Sat, Jul 12 2014 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 5:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jun 30 2014 7:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 10 2014 7:30 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:$30.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:25
Minimum Group Size:15
Number Registered So Far: 25 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We're going to kayak the Chestatee at twilight. Our favorite Outfitter is running this trip just for us, so we should pretty much have the river to ourselves!

This is a very scenic trip and the water does most of the work for you!  The trip is suitable for beginners and averages 2 - 3 hours and it is 6 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. 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 afterwards. 

We'll stop about halfway through on Big Bend and get out and stretch our legs and have a snack. We will also have the option of going into the square in Dahlonega afterwards to enjoy dinner, and possibly some live music at the Crimson Moon. 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 seven personal kayaks for a fee of $5.00. If you plan to bring your own kayak, the first seven people who sign up and send an email to Allston 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 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:


The carpool absolutely, positively will leave on time at 5:00PM.


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: 5:00 pm
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
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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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     - 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.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$30.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Sit on top kayak rental, paddle, PFD and shuttle.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Thu, Jul 10 2014.
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 and your PayPal banner may not reflect your 48 hour window. See Cancellation Policy below for more details. If you cancel on or before July 4th, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund beginning July 5th 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 5th but can make no promises. PayPal is the only accepted method of payment. Anyone moved from the Waiting List is expected to pay the same day via PayPal.

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