Paddle Georgia 2017 Journey Details
Georgia returns to north Georgia for a journey down what is arguably
the best family paddling river in Georgia—the beautiful and
historic Etowah River. You’ll pass by the site of a former
nuclear aircraft facility, over 1,000-year-old Native American
fish weirs, stop at the ancient Etowah Indian Mounds, and cruise
into Rome and the haunt of steamboats during the late 1800s.
Paddle Georgia returns to the Etowah after a 10-year absence…and
what a special river to return too! 163-miles long and with 76
native fish species, the Etowah is considered one of the most biologically
diverse rivers of its size in the country. While we paddle along
with federally protected Etowah and amber darters, we will also
paddle through a landscape rich in history. The Etowah is home
to more Native American fish weirs than all other Georgia rivers
combined. These v-shaped rock structures were used to catch fish,
and today are places where you can literally reach out and touch
history. Along the Paddle Georgia route we will see antebellum
plantation homes, Civil War battle sites and, of course, the Etowah
Mounds. The trip ends in historic downtown Rome where the Etowah
meets the Oostanaula to form the Coosa, a town where steamboats
once docked during the heyday of cotton trade in northwest Georgia.
Off river, participants will have the opportunity to learn more
about the river and the region through water monitoring opportunities,
tours of area attractions and nightly activities at campsites that
include entertainment, games and programs highlighting the river’s
cultural and natural heritage.
An educational adventure for the whole family, Paddle Georgia will
show you Georgia as you’ve never seen it before.
Paddle Georgia 2017 Itinerary on the
Day 1, June 17: Radioactive Rumba - Ga. 9 to Eagles Beak
Park - 16 miles
Day 2, June 18: McGraw Ford Foxtrot – Eagles Beak
Park to E. Cherokee Dr. - 17 miles
Day 3, June 19: Canton Cakewalk – E. Cherokee Dr.
to River Park - 12 miles
Day 4, June 20: Allatoona Allemande – River Park
to Knox Bridge- 12 miles
Day 5, June 21: Indian Mound Mosh- Allatoona Dam to Euharlee-
Day 6, June 22: Euharlee Hoe Down – Euharlee to U.S.
411 - 9 miles
Day 7, June 23: Fish Weir Fandango – U.S. 411 to
Heritage Park - 23 miles
Day 1: Radioactive
trip starts with a bang (and, thankfully, no boom) as we
venture through the 10,000-acre Dawson Forest Wildlife
Management Area, the former site of a nuclear aircraft
laboratory. Things that might go “boom” are
long gone and what’s left is a beautiful and intimate
paddling path through a wild, protected forest.
Day 2: McGraw Ford Foxtrot Fish
weirs, shoals and historic sites highlight this 17-mile
run through portions of the McGraw Ford Wildlife Management
Area. It is a paddle path through a surprisingly rural
landscape in the midst of Atlanta’s northern suburbs
and home to significant historic sites—like what was
once the state’s largest gold mine.
Day 3: Canton Cakewalk From
East Cherokee Drive, the river takes a winding 12-mile path
to Canton’s Etowah River Park. Along the way, the river
passes over numerous Native American fish weirs and cuts
a path through steep, wooded banks, making for a pleasant,
easy paddle into Cherokee’s county seat.
Day 4: Allatoona
Allemande This 12-mile
run sweeps through Canton and past its historic mill buildings
before descending into the backwaters of Lake Allatoona where
about four miles of lake-style paddling awaits. But don’t
worry, trailers and trucks wait at the take out to complete
the traverse of the massive federal lake and start the next
day on free-flowing water below Allatoona Dam.
Day 5: Indian Mound Mosh History
buffs will be apoplectic on this 17-mile run through Bartow
County. The highlight of the day will be a stop at the Etowah
Indian Mounds State Historic Site to view the 1,000-year-old
earthen mounds. But, the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll
pass several Native American fish weirs, cruise past antebellum
plantation homes and end the day in historic Euharlee, home
to a circa-1886 covered bridge.
Day 6: Euharlee Hoe DownThis
9-mile stretch is arguably the most scenic on the entire
Paddle Georgia route. Fish weirs, shoals, islands and rock
gardens await as the river continues its meandering path
through Bartow County. This will be a day to stop and luxuriate
in the river, cast a line for a striped bass or just drift
along and listen for the echos of Native Americans or soldiers
dressed in blue and gray.
Day 7: Fish Weir Fandango We’re
saving the best for the last. This 23-mile marathon takes
in the best of the Etowah’s Native American fish
weirs on a remote and wild 17-mile bridge-less run before
the final six-mile dash into historic downtown Rome where
a party and traditional fish fry meal awaits at Heritage
Virtual Paddle Georgia Journey!
2017 VIRTUAL MAP TO COME
2017 MAP OF LAUNCH AND TAKE OUTS AND CAMPSITE TO COME
The "virtual tour" map below provides a glimpse into this
year's Paddle Georgia route and documents previous Paddle Georgia
events. Click on the map to see images.
You can also access the map by clicking HERE!
Here is a map that includes our launch and lodging locations:
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Research Project
Join Georgia Adopt-A-Stream to assess the
health of the river. During the trip, you can become certified
as a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream citizen water monitor and assist the
Adopt-A-Stream team with their week-long water monitoring program.
Click here to
learn more about Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. If you are interested
in becoming a certified citizen water monitor, be sure to indicate
so when you register for Paddle Georgia!