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
Date: March 31, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Southern Harbor Marina
Description: Come aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for a Saturday afternoon on West Point Lake and enjoy 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 found in the lake, the animals that walk its shores, and the birds of prey that circle in the skies above. Binoculars will be provided and the tour will start and end at Southern Harbor Marina.
Program presented by: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Sunset Jazz Cruise
*NEW Date: May 24, 2018*
Location: Pyne Road Park
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 standards, R&B, and Rock Classics performed by Rye Ola with Bill Wooten on guitar, Chris Barnes on bass and flutist Burdette Becks. You will also learn about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s role in the middle Chattahoochee River watershed. A light dinner will be provided as an option. The cruise will start and end at Pyne Road Park.
Optional: $10 for buffet provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill. Each person will get 2 fajitas with the following items: chicken, rice, beans, cheese, onions/peppers, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. Chips and salsa will also be provided. BYOB.
Participants are welcome to bring their own food and beverages as well.
Hometown Concert Cruise
Date: June 28, 2018
Location: Pyne Road Park
Description: Join us aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for an evening cruise on West Point Lake and enjoy the opportunity to hear some live Americana Roots Music with Folk and Bluegrass Influences performed by Front Porch Collective featuring Callie Hammond, Nick Mayfield and Henry Jacobs. Folk musician Kimmer will open with a few of her soulful originals. You will also learn about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s role in the middle Chattahoochee River watershed. You are welcome to bring food and beverages to enjoy while you ride. The cruise will start and end at Pyne Road Park.
Highbeams on the Hooch Cruise
Date: July 12, 2018
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.
Lake Lanier Sunset Cruise
Date: July 21, 2018
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.
Bat Search by Boat Cruise
Date: August 9, 2018
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.
West Point Lake History Cruise
Date: September 28, 2018
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)
Ghosts on the Water: A Celebration of Southern Spirit Stories and Songs
Date: October 28, 2018
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.
Headwaters of the Chattahoochee Hike
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 4.5-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.