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This year Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will be offering a new set of limited-availability hiking and exploring opportunities over the course of the spring, summer and fall so that we can enjoy the Chattahoochee River to its fullest. Each of these watershed outings is hosted by CRK staffers as we share our unique insight into this treasures area – along with a little help from some of our friends.

West Point Lake Wildlife Cruise

Dates: Saturday April 1, 2017
Times: 2pm – 4pm
Location:
 Highland Marina Resort
Description: Come aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for a Saturday afternoon on West Point Lake and the opportunity to see local wildlife like never before. This guided tour is open to the general public and will be led by CRK staff and wildlife experts. Anticipate learning more about the fish that populate our lake and the birds of prey that circle in the skies above. Binoculars will be provided and the tour will start and end at Highland Marina Resort.

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Sunset Jazz Cruise

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Times: 7pm-9pm
Description: Join us aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for an evening sunset cruise on West Point Lake and the opportunity to hear some live jazz performed by Bill Wooten on guitar and flutist Burdette Beck. You will also learn about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s role in the middle Chattahoochee River watershed. A light dinner and beverages (beer, wine and nonalcoholic options) will be offered as an option. The cruise will start and end at Highland Marina Resort.

Full Moon Blues Cruise ft. Jontavious Willis

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Times: 7pm-9pm
Location: Highland Marina Resort
Description:Join us aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for an evening cruise on West Point Lake and the opportunity to hear some live blues performed by Jontavious Willis. You will also learn about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s role in the middle Chattahoochee River watershed.  Enjoy a light dinner and beverages (beer, wine and nonalcoholic options) while the day turns to night and the sun sets and the full moon rises over beautiful West Point Lake! The cruise will start and end at Highland Marina Resort. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages of choice.

Lake Lanier Wildlife Cruise on the Chota Princess II

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Times: 10am-12:30pm
Location: Aqualand Marina
Description: Ever wondered how osprey are so good at catching fish, or why raccoons seem to “wash” their food? If birds of prey, native fishes, and wildlife native to Georgia interest you, come meet Kathy Church, Interpretive Specialist, as she discusses some of the animals found in and around Lake Lanier. Through the use of visual aids such as pelts, talons, skulls, and more, attendees will learn how wildlife adapt to live in the niche that is Lake Lanier and its surroundings. Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth will captain the boat and inform participants about the lake’s history, uses and water quality, too. The boat will depart from Aqualand Marina at 10 a.m. sharp and return to the dock at 12:30 p.m.

Hometown Concert Cruise

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Times: 7-9pm
Location: Aqualand Marina
Description: Join us aboard the Miss Sally for an evening cruise on West Point Lake and for live music performed by Front Porch Collective featuring Callie Hammond, Nick Mayfield, and Henry Jacobs. Their music can be described as Appalachian “old time” genre which features fiddle as lead instrument accompanied by guitar, vocals and drums. You will also learn about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s role in the middle Chattahoochee River watershed while you are along for the ride. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages of choice.

Critter Tales

Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: Highland Marina Resort
Description: Come aboard the West Point Lake Floating Classroom- Miss Sally- for stories, lemonade and cookies. Storyteller Carol Cain will cruise us around the animal world and West Point Lake with her stories about nature and its critters.  Join us for this fun family outing as we offer our second annual storytelling cruise!  Recommended for school-age children and their grown-ups.  The cruise will start and end at Highland Marina Resort.

Sunset Heritage Music Cruise on Lake Lanier

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Aqualand Marina
Description: Come on board the Chota Princess II, our 40-foot catamaran, and learn about the history of Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River with CRK’s founding Riverkeeper and Executive Director, Sally Bethea. Enjoy music with a light dinner and beverages as we watch the sun set! The boat will depart from Aqualand Marina at 6:00p.m. sharp and return to the dock at 8:00 p.m.

Gone Fishin’

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: Highland Marina Resort
Description: Join us on the Miss Sally floating classroom for all things about fish. We will learn fishing tips from a professional fishing guide, learn about and observe a variety of live fish with DNR fisheries expert Brent Hess and end our program with making your own fish print as well as hearing the history behind gyotaku- traditional art of Japanese fish printing. The cruise will start and end at Highland Marina Resort.

Hike to the Soque Headwaters

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:30am-2pm
Location: Highland Marina Resort
Description: Join us for a trip on the side of Tray Mountain to the humble yet inspiring spring that is the source of the Left Fork of the Soque River and eventually flows into the Chattahoochee. The journey is approximately 4 miles round trip. Much of the hike is moderate along the Appalachian Trail, however, there are some short but strenuous stretches off trail on steep slopes to reach the spring.  Plan to meet north of Helen to carpool to the trail head.

West Point Lake Heritage Cruise

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Highland Marina Resort
Description: Come aboard the Miss Sally to hear stories of the Chattahoochee River in the Middle Chattahoochee River Valley before and after the impoundment of West Point Lake. Colorful recollections will include Native American history and archeological finds in the area as well as Chattahoochee River’s efforts in cleaning up WPL and the plight of the local farming families. Enjoy an optional light dinner and beverages (beer, wine and nonalcoholic options) while the day turns to night and the sun sets and the full moon rises over beautiful West Point Lake!