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Paddle Georgia 2017 Journey Details

Paddle Georgia 2015Paddle 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 Indian 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

Etowah River

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- 17 miles
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 RumbaThe 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 Down—This 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 Park.


Virtual Paddle Georgia Journey!



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!