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Etowah River Paddle Additional Information

OUTING LEADER Martin McConaughy (
DATE Saturday, April 20th
TIME 9:00am - 4:00pm
LOCATION Euharlee-Road Launch-site (Map:

Please be at and have your boat dropped off at the Euharlee-Road launch-siteby 9:00 a.m. sharp!

Launch Site Logistics:A Beyond Coal volunteer will be at the Euharlee Road launch site by 8:15 a.m. to assist you inunloading boats. The Sierra Club will provide shuttle service back to this site from our take-out.

Directions to Euharlee Road Launch Site from I-75: From intersection of I-75 andMain Street (Cartersville/Exit 288), go west on Main Street (Ga. 113) 2.6 mile throughdowntown Cartersville. At 2.6 miles bear to the left on Ga. 113/Ga. 61. Proceed 0.3 mileand turn right on West Ave. (Ga. 113/Ga. 61). Continue on Ga. 113/Ga. 61 two miles toEuharlee Rd. on right. Turn right and proceed 5.1 miles to Dobson Rd. on left. Turn left.Parking area will be on immediate right.
Directions to US 411 (Take-Out Point) from Euharlee Road Launch Site:Turn left on Euharlee Road and proceed 4.3 miles to Macedonia Road on right (at MacedoniaBaptist Church) Proceed on Macedonia Road 2.5 miles to US 411. Turn right on US 411, cross Etowah River and turn into gravel drive on the opposite side of the river. There is no parking lotat this site. Leave as few cars on the right of way as possible.

Level of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate, 10-mile leisurely paddle with breaks.

Things to bring:Canoe/Kayak (rentals available) • Life vest (available w/ rental) • Water • snacks • sunscreen• hat • rain jacket/pants • appropriate clothing/swim-wear • a change of clothes sealed in awatertight container • appropriate footwear to protect you from unseen underwater hazards andpermit you to walk comfortably on land • towel • camp trowel for burying human waste (or a bagfor carrying it out) • fishing equipment (fishing is permitted but you must have proper fishinglicenses)
Every canoe should have two lines, a bow line and a stern line 8-10 feet each in length securedin such a way that they are readily accessible, but cannot come loose accidentally. Loose ropeincreases the risk of entanglement in the event of capsize. Kayaks should have grab loops at bothbow and stern.

Lunch situation: Lunch provided, please indicate dietary restrictions in registration

Rentals must be made at the time of registration: kayaks and canoes, about 20-24. Includes Life-preservers and paddles.

Special Information:Safety Guidelines:1. No alcoholic beverages or mind-altering drugs will be allowed on the river.2. Participants must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatationdevice at all times on the river.3. Participants under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by aparent or guardian.4. All participants must sign a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parentsmust sign for children under the age of 18.5. Person-powered watercraft only.6. All participants must respect private property along the river.

Buddy System: Each canoe should identify a “buddy boat” or group of “buddy boats.”Buddy boats and groups will be responsible for ensuring that everyone in the groupmakes it to their destination. Buddy boats will be assigned at the launch site.


Lightning/Severe Weather—In the event of inclement weather that includes the risk oflightning, paddle to shore, secure your boat and find cover under a dense stand of smalltrees. Avoid open areas, especially open areas with solitary trees, and avoid gathering inlarge groups. By dispersing yourselves over a large area, you reduce the risk of lightningstriking numerous individuals at one time.

Strainers— Strainers are branches, trees or vegetation partially or totally submerged inthe river’s current often found along the river’s edge. These hazards allow only waterto pass through freely. The current will pull anything else down, plastering it into place,similar to the action of a kitchen colander. It is best to approach submerged trees or logsalong the river bank from the downstream side to avoid having the current pin your boatagainst the obstacle or flipped by the force of the water. You should also avoid grabbingon to low hanging branches of partially submerged vegetation as this action can oftencause your boat to capsize.

What do I do if I capsize? Stay with your boat and swim it to shore or shallow waterwhere you can dump the water and right your vessel. It floats even when full with waterand can support you if you become tired. Other boats should be around to assist inrecovering any belongings that were not secured to your boat.

Sun—Protect yourself with sunscreen. Hats and appropriate clothing are recommended. Ifyou get too hot, the river comes with built in air conditioning. Take a swim.

Wildlife—You should not expect to encounter any dangerous wildlife. Venomous snakessuch as rattlesnakes and copperheads might be seen on shore, but snake bites are rare. Ifyou are bitten, remain calm and signal for help.

Private Property: Our route travels through a mostly rural landscape of private property.We encourage you to use restroom facilities before getting to the river. There will notbe restroom facilities at the launch site. If nature does call during the journey, please be discreet. Bury your waste using a camp trowel or carry a sealable bag to dispose of it at journey’s end.

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
- John Muir
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