Have you ever wondered what it is like to explore a new frontier...to be immersed in adventure with the sun in your face, paddle in the water, and a river boat aimed at the horizon? Now is your chance this summer to paddle alongside the UGA Outdoor Recreation Program and Mad Dawg, a Warnell Graduate student researching the water trail, as we embark on exploration of the Chattahoochee River National Water Trail (CRNWT). The CRNWT was established in 2012 as our nations first National Water Trail. At 48 miles long and traversing through urban to rural landscapes, this landmark river which supplies the metropolis of Atlanta's drinking water, is now a newly designated paddle destination. In only the last decade, re-establishing water trails have received more attention and support than ever before. A water trail, or blueway, is very similar to a hiking trail, except what is normally done on foot is done by canoe, kayak, human-powered or personal water craft (PWC). Largely forgotten through time and development, water based trails are now beginning to be recognized at the national, state, and local levels across the United States for recreation, tourism, economic growth, and conservation efforts. Join us for a three part paddle series on June 2nd, June 12th, and August 11th to experience the trail for yourself.
• Transportation to and from Athens to the CRNWT (1.5 hr drive - 3.0 hrs round trip)
• Guided Paddle and Instruction
• Gear (canoe, paddles, lifejackets/pfds)
• National Park Service welcome with Q and A
• Chattahoochee River Natural History
Details (Register for each paddle or see our series pass -all 3 paddles included)
• When: June 2nd, June 12th, and August 11th 7:30AM - 8:00PM
• Where: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - 4630 Columns Dr. Marietta, GA
• What: 10-15 mi of river paddling exploring various sections of the CRNWT
• Group Size: 8-12 people (individuals, couples, families, river rats all welcomed. If registering solo we will pair you with a paddle partner)
• What-To-Bring: Appropriate clothing for a full day on the river, closed-toed shoes, 2 full water bottles, hat, sunscreen, snacks, towel, change of clothes, $ for food if we stop. If bringing personal paddling gear or boat please notify Ben.
• *Skill Level: This paddle will experience some sections of river with minor to semi-technical rapids (Class I and II) depending on the water level. Some paddle experience on a moving river will be necessary. Additionally, all participants should be able to swim and capable of self-rescue in shallow water. If adverse or severe weather a paddle may be cancelled upon which a full refund will be issued. Paddles will however take place in rainy conditions.
Please email Ben "Mad Dawg" Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any specific questions or concerns.