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Beat the heat - Kayaking on the Etowah (E. Cherokee to Boling Park))

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Kayaking through Cherokee County   Water: Beat the heat - Kayaking on the Etowah (E. Cherokee to  Boling Park))  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 23 2014  8:30 am >> Sat, Aug 23 2014 5:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jul 30 2014 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 22 2014 6:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:16 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Paula Schubert
Sharon H
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Come join us for a beautiful 16 mile stretch of the Etowah River that winds snakelike through the heart of Cherokee County. This is a flatwater paddle, but if the water levels are right, we'll run into a few shoals created by the ancient fishing weirs.  There's 6 on them on this section of river. We'll take time to have a nice long lunch and play in the cool waters of the Etowah before paddling on and taking out at Boling Park.

Car Shuttling:
We'll be running our own car shuttle and your TL's will direct everyone once we drop the boats off the put-in location.  The drop off location doesn't have an official launch or parking area, but it's a good place to start. There's a small dip down from the main road (E. Cherokee) to the really short road that goes to a dirt area where we'll be.  If you drive a low profile vehicle, you might want to park on the main road temporarily and we'll help get your boat to the river.  From here, all drivers will drive to the take-out and we'll bring one or 2 vehicles back depending on how many people we have.

Here's a snippet of what the put in location looks like: (GPS Coordinates and Google map is further down this page)

Required Items to Bring:

Good attitude
Kayak or Canoe (No rafts/blow up pool toys as your main transportation down the river)
Water/beverage (No glass on the river)
Water/River shoes or footware you don’t mind getting wet or dirty

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Dry Bag
Change of clothes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Put In Location:
GPS Coordinates: 34.299462,-84.397733

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This event is rain or shine, but we will not paddle in severe weather. Your TL's will watch weather as it gets closer to the event.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.