August 21, 2021 all-day
Oostanaula River Pedal-Paddle

EVENT DETAILS: We’re going on a mussel hunt in the Coosa River basin of Northwest Georgia! This 11.5-mile bike ride and 13.3-mile paddle explores this river that’s known for its robust population of freshwater mussels as well as interesting navigational structures built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers more than 100 years ago. We’ll begin our trip by dropping our boats at the Ga. 156 boat ramp, and then driving to the Ga. 140 boat ramp to park our vehicles. From there, we’ll cycle back to our launch site. Georgia River Network will shuttle bicycles from the launch site to take out site. 


Registration Fees: $60 ADULTS/$30 17 & UNDER 

Registration fees include shuttle service, river map/guide, liability insurance fees, on-river guide and sag vehicle. 

Event Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Cycling: Our pedal route runs along lightly travelled rural backroads and state highways. A sag vehicle will bring up the rear for safety. The 11.5-mile route takes 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete. 

Paddling: The paddle route is Class I water with mostly flatwater with some small shoals. It is suitable for novice paddlers. The 13.3-mile route will take between 5 and 8 hours to complete. 

Boat Rentals: Need a boat? We’ve got ’em. Tandem sit in kayaks and solo sit on top kayaks are available. You can reserve your boat when you register. 

What if I Don’t Want to Bicycle? Bicycling is not mandatory. You are welcome to participate in the paddle, but you will need to arrange your own shuttle with members of your household or other individuals who you associate with regularly. Remember, the reason we do the bicycle shuttles is to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus by putting people from different households in vehicles together. 

COVID-19 Protocols: All participants must follow social-distancing guidelines. This includes wearing face coverings during times at the launch site, take out site and other locations during the event in which appropriate social distancing is not possible. Additionally, we participants must…

Not share equipment, food, water and other supplies.

Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times when not wearing face coverings. 

Maintain strict hygiene by washing or disinfecting hands frequently; do not touch eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands. 

Finally, do not participate if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you are feeling ill. Full refunds will be provided. 


Once you are registered, complete logistical details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.