Outings and Cleanups

Outings and Cleanups 2018-09-17T14:02:26+00:00

We are excited to offer the following outings and cleanups. Check back regularly as we continuously update the list of opportunities.

RIVER DISCOVERY SERIES

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Thanks to all the rains this summer, we had two trips that were rescheduled to October and we have availability for you to join us! See details below and register for one or both trips.

Back for the 11th year, the River Discovery Series is a series of paddle trips hosted by CRK in partnership with National Park Service. Designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike, the series consists of three trips running the length of the river within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), from Bowman’s Island to Paces Mill. See map of the CRNRA.

For each segment, a National Park Service Ranger accompanies us and acquaints paddlers with the key features of that part of the river.

Fee: $40 per person (tandem partners must register separately)

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Paddle the final section of the CRNRA, which is rich in both natural and human history. See the site where Federal forces outflanked the Confederate Army, Native American sites, and the magnificent Palisades. Pass through Cochran Shoals, Devil’s Race Course Shoals, and Thornton Shoals, all easy and fun Class 1.5 rapids. Estimated trip times (which includes shuttling): 8am to 2pm. Bring your lunch for a mid-stop break.

Beginning on one of the most scenic sections in the CRNRA, this journey on the Chattahoochee will be an easy paddle with few riffles. River Otter and Osprey are occasionally spotted along this section and Great Blue Herons and Red-Tailed Hawks are common. In addition to wildlife, enjoy late summer wildflowers.  Estimated trip times (which includes shuttling): 2pm to 8pm. Bring your dinner to watch the sunset at Island Ford and the Full Moon rise!

Starting at the base of Buford Dam in the clear, cold water released from the bottom of Lake Lanier and paddling to the new ramp at McGinnis Ferry. This journey follows a section of beautiful oak hickory forest and prime trout water. Estimated trip times (which includes shuttling): 11am to 5pm. Bring your lunch for a mid-stop break.

CAMPING & PADDLING TRIPS

CRK’s camp and paddle trips have become a favorite within our paddling community. Be sure to mark your calendar and enjoy two nights of camping and two days of paddling in some of the most gorgeous sections of the Chattahoochee River. (Note, the Langdale Loop Paddle Trip is not a two-day trip.)

Fee: $130 per person per trip (tandem partners must register separately). There is no fee for the Buzzard Paddle Cleanup. Includes dinner Friday and Saturday, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and shuttle.

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Date: October 6, 2018
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Description: Join us for a scenic paddle among the islands and easy moving water of the Chattahoochee River as it flows through Valley, Alabama. Because of two spillways, the mile-long section of river can be paddled in both directions – we’ll put in and takeout for lunch at the same location. Paddlers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as there are no significant shoals or rapids. CRK staff and volunteers will lead the trip and provide highlights of the local history and ecology of the river.

CRK can provide available kayaks and canoes on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Date: October 12-14, 2018
Location: McIntosh Reserve to Franklin
Description: Paddle one of the longest stretches of the Chattahoochee still untouched by bridges and river-front development below Atlanta from McIntosh Reserve in Carroll County to the U.S. 27 Bridge in Franklin. Camping takes place at McIntosh Reserve Friday night and a historic private property mid-way Saturday night.

Our trip begins with a Friday afternoon guided hike at McIntosh Reserve. The Reserve is named for William McIntosh, Jr., a prominent Creek Indian leader and planter. Saturday morning begins our paddle adventure which includes picturesque islands and beautiful shoals and makes this one of the most special stretches of the river between Atlanta and West Point Lake.

Requirements: Class: I-II. All participants must have basic paddling and bracing skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water.

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Date: November 3, 2018
Location: Heard County, GA
Description: Join with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) and Golden’s Bikes on Saturday, November 3 for a feel-good morning of bicycling and paddling – a great combination for fun seekers and athletes alike! Proceeds from this fundraising event will support scholarships for underserved students to experience the West Point Lake Floating Classroom – an environmental education program operated by CRK.

With guidance and support from Golden’s Bikes, we’ll start the morning out with a ride along scenic paved & gravel backroads of Heard County on a 14-mile route that eventually lands us at the Riverside Park in Downtown, Franklin. From there, you can switch to your kayak/canoe/paddle board and take to the Chattahoochee River as it gently flows for five miles into the headwaters of West Point Lake and our destination, Snake Creek Park. Vehicles will be parked at Snake Creek Park as it is the starting point for the bike ride, and once the paddle starts, a secure trailer will return bikes to the park.

All are welcome to join! However, participants should be in good physical condition and any pre-existing medical conditions must be communicated beforehand. Paddlers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as there are no significant shoals or rapids. CRK staff and volunteers will lead the paddle trip and provide highlights of the local history and ecology of the river.

*Bicyclist, bring your bike! Helmets are required for the ride too.

**Because 40% of the bike ride is on a gravel surface, road bikes are not highly recommended (but will probably be OK with 32mm width tires). Gravel bikes, hybrid bikes, cyclocross bikes, or mountain bikes are the best options. Here is a link to the route on the app Strava, https://www.strava.com/routes/14792783.

***Paddlers must bring their own boats, paddles and PFD’s! However, CRK can provide kayaks and gear on a first-come first-serve basis and at no additional cost (8 total available). Contact Henry Jacobs at hjacobs@chattahoochee.org to make reservations.

****You must be 15 years or older to participate.

Date: November 3-4, 2018
Location: Plant McDonough to Highway 166 Bridge
Description: From Georgia Power’s Plant McDonough to the Highway 166 Bridge off Fulton Industrial. Back for the 5th year, this 13-mile paddle cleanup is an incredible journey in a part of the river not accessible to most people. This stretch of river is suitable for all skill levels with primitive camping Saturday night. Paddlers are responsible for paddling their own camping gear.

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OTHER OUTINGS

This year we introduced a new set of limited-availability hiking and exploring opportunities. Join us for hikes, lake trips and whitewater rafting adventures throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Come enjoy the Chattahoochee River to its fullest!

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Date: July 12, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Description: Join us aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for an evening sunset cruise on West Point Lake and the opportunity to hear some high energy Folk Rock brought to you by the Atlanta based band Highbeams –a trio of brothers that has captured audiences all over the Southeast with their warm, personable stage presence and rich three-part harmonies. You will also learn about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s role in the middle Chattahoochee River watershed.  A light dinner will be provided as an option or participants may provide their own dinner and beverages.  The cruise will start and end at Pyne Road Park.

Optional dinner options provided by Fractured Flamingo or participants are welcome to bring their own food and beverages as well.

Date: July 21, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: River Forks Park
Description:Join Chattahoochee Riverkeeper aboard the Chota Princess II for a sunset cruise on Lake Lanier. Enjoy an evening on the lake while learning more about CRK’s role in the Headwaters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Lanier at sunset, search for local wildlife, and learn more about the reservoir that provides the drinking water for over 5.7 million Georgians. The boat will depart from River Forks Park promptly at 6:30 p.m. and return at 8:30 p.m.

This event has reached its capacity. Contact Hannah Warner to be added to our waitlist.

Date: August 9, 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Description: Come aboard Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s floating classroom to look and listen for bats! Professor Mark Yates will be providing acoustic detection equipment and a couple spotlights to aid us in our search. We’ll also enjoy learning about some Georgia bats and enjoy the evening as night arrives and temperatures cool off. Participants are welcome to bring their own food and drinks. The cruise will start and end at Pyne Road Park.

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Date: September 28, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Description: Come aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for a peek into the past. The Chattahoochee River has long been a center of life, commerce, and transportation in this area. What many don’t realize, however, is that what lies beneath the water is every bit as interesting as the beauty from above.  From the American Indian village lost forever to the many caskets that were relocated, the impounding of West Point Lake altered not only the terrain, but the lives of the people living near its banks.  The river and then West Point Lake, the floods, the loss of land, and now the joy it brings a community are central to understanding the history of the region.  Shannon Gavin Johnson, the director of Troup County Historical Society, will share interesting facts and tidbits about the history of this body of water. In addition, former Georgia Representative Jeff Brown and a CRK guide will be sharing how the water quality in West Point Lake has much improved over the past 25 years- hear about politics at its best! The cruise will start and end at Pyne Road Park.

Cost includes a light picnic dinner with specialty sandwiches, chips and veggie tray catered by 505 Eats. Beverages (beer, wine, water included)

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Date: October 28, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Description:Join us on the West Point Lake Floating Classroom for an evening of waterborne spirits, stories, and songs.  Led by Southern Spirit Guide Lewis Powell and Storyteller Carol Cain, this moonlight cruise promises a boatload of ghostly chills about the South’s most haunted waterways.

Participants are welcome to bring their own food and drinks. We will be departing from Southern Harbor Marina  The cruise will start and end at Pyne Road Park.

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Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 10:30am
Location: Jack’s Knob Trail
Description: Thirty-five hundred feet high into the Blue Ridge Mountains at Chattahoochee Gap, where Jack’s Knob Trail dead ends into the Appalachian Trail, is a simple sign, pointing downhill, with a blue “W” for water. Thus begins the Chattahoochee River. You are in for a treat as you join CRK on this 5-mile round-trip hike to see the spring that gives birth to the mighty Chattahoochee River. Difficulty level – moderate to strenuous – there are several steep climbs; this hike may not be suitable for those with difficulty navigating multiple long, steep grades. We recommend this activity for adventurous participants ages 8 and over. You must register to attend this event. More information will be sent via email upon registration. Questions? Contact Headwaters Outreach Coordinator Hannah Warner at hwarner@chattahoochee.org or 678-696-8866.

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CLEANUPS

This is your opportunity to help protect one of our most precious resources by volunteering on one or more of these cleanups and helping us get the trash out!

There is no charge to participate in a cleanup. Registration is required, and we encourage you to register early to ensure participation, as each trip has a limited capacity.

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SAVE THE DATE: April 6, 2019

Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, and paddlers to remove trash at sites throughout the watershed. Click here for more information.

Dates: September 15 & December 8, 2018

Registration for the December 8 Happy Hour cleanup will open Friday, November 9.

We will be hosting 2 land-based cleanups to support our efforts to keep the trash out of the Chattahoochee River and tributaries. And as the name implies, there will be some tasty beverages from SweetWater Brewery to thank you for your hard work!

Date: November 3-4, 2018
Location: Plant McDonough to Highway 166 Bridge
Description: From Georgia Power’s Plant McDonough to the Highway 166 Bridge off Fulton Industrial. Back for the 5th year, this 13-mile paddle cleanup is an incredible journey in a part of the river not accessible to most people. This stretch of river is suitable for all skill levels with primitive camping Saturday night. Paddlers are responsible for paddling their own camping gear.

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For a $1,500 donation, we will organize a service project for your team. Contact Tammy Bates at (404) 352-9828 or tbates@chattahoochee.org if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity.

GENERAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Registration is required for all events. Fees vary by event.
  • Participants receive a one-year individual CRK membership.
  • Additional information is provided in your confirmation email and specific trip details one week prior to the trip date.
  • Each participant is required to sign a CRK Liability Waiver. This is authorized as an electronic signature during the registration process. Click here to preview the CRK Liability Waiver.
  • Youth Age Requirements: If paddling solo, paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years.
  • Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee 7 days before a trip. After 7 days, we can no longer offer a refund for cancellations.

PADDLE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Boating equipment is not provided. Participants must bring their own equipment. These trips are intended for kayaks and canoes only – inflatable boats are not permitted.
  • PFD’s are required and must be securely worn on all CRK paddle trips. No exceptions. In some instances, helmets are required.
  • Shuttling is a group effort and typically we will meet around 9am at the put-in to unload all boats and shuttle to the take-out before we get on the river.
  • All paddle trips have a maximum capacity – we encourage you to register early to ensure participation.

Kayaking & Canoeing Physical Requirements

  • All participants must be able to swim competently.
  • All participants must be able to get in and out of a kayak/canoe unassisted (i.e., those with knee or back injuries may have difficulty).
  • Padding uses your core muscles, arms and shoulders. Anyone with injuries in these areas may have difficulty.
  • If you have open wounds, you are encouraged to wear a waterproof bandage and antibiotic ointment.
  • Please consult your physician if you are concerned about your ability to participate.

Thank you to Republic Services who have provided dumpsters for our cleanup efforts for over 7 years!

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