- Adds a remote and beautiful stretch to the beginning of the Chestatee River trip
Dawson Forest Wildlife Mgmt Area
- Just like our Chestatee Trip, this section of the Etowah River is great for first time paddlers. Our longest and most "remote" trip. 4 person minimum.
- More Technical, Flora and Fauna, Etowah Falls, typically only available before mid-June
Old Town Discovery 158
This is the smaller of the two types of canoes we use. It is easy to paddle and stable and is perfect for your average couple. This is also the canoe we prefer to use on all Etowah Trips. Total Max Weight 500 lbs.
Old Town Discovery 169
This boat can be outfitted for up to three people and if you are paddling with a dog. It is very stable and easy to paddle. We use this canoe for Dawson Forest trips. Total Max Weight 700 lbs.
Necky Rip 10
This is our only sit-inside-kayak. The Rip has a comfortable padded seat and a foot brace that is fully adjustable. It is stable and fun to paddle. For food and drink storage, a small soft pack cooler works best for this kayak. The weight range for this kayak is 125 to 250 lbs.
The most popular craft in our livery the Riviera is the best sit-on-top. A comfortable seat and backrest make this an easy choice for cruising the river. Perhaps the best choice for first time kayakers. Plenty of storage on the back deck of the kayak. The weight range for this kayak is 125 to 250 lbs.
Ocean Kayak Cricket
We use this stable little sit-on-top for small adults and young kids above 65pounds. The cricket is lots of fun to paddle. The weight range for this kayak is 65 to 175 lbs.
Jackson Riviera T
This is our two person kayak. The Riviera T is a sit-on-top that is super easy to paddle. Everyone loves this tandem kayak because it is comfortable and stable in the water. There is plenty of storage on the back deck. Total Max Weight 400 lbs.
Ocean Kayak Malibu II Xl
Our other two person boat is a very versatile sit-on-top kayak. This can be handled solo or tandem. We use this kayak solo for paddlers over 6 feet 5 inches tall or that are over 275 lbs. Total Max Weight 400 lbs.
Heads up: plan to get a little wet when you paddle a sit-on-top.
The Chestatee River...
...was once home to the Cherokee.
When gold-hungry settlers came they were forced west of the river and then marched on the infamous Trail of Tears.
After the gold-rush the river was returned to nature, once again. Today, a float along the river's quiet beauty is
a pleasant break from the frantic pace of everyday life. The trip downstream from our Outpost is our most popular
trip, especially for first time canoers and kayakers, families and large groups. There are several fun but gentle
rapids, great scenery and good fishing. Something for everyone!
...adds a remote and beautiful stretch to the Chestatee River trip.
Available during "wetter" times of the year - this trip is a 1 hour addition to the Chestatee River trip -
beginning 2.5 miles above the A.O. Outpost on Yahoola Creek. You'll paddle through a remote and beautiful area before joining the Chestatee River.
Single kayaks are used (no canoes) to navigate this fun and easy, 1+ class trip.
Distance: Average 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Beginner (Class 1+)
Scenery: Remote & Beautiful
Wildlife: Wood duck, great blue heron, beaver, deer,
otter, osprey, turtles and more turtles!
Highlights: Gentle rapids and secluded.
Pricing:* Kayak for one - $35.00 (single person kayaks only)
Shuttles: Your own Canoe or Kayak - $15.00/Car
*Includes paddles, lifejackets, and return shuttle. Does NOT include GA 7% sales tax.
Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area...
...If you're looking to spend the day paddling a quite river, this trip is what you're looking for. Our longest and most remote river trip, this section of the Etowah is an excellent
choice for even first time paddlers. Available to groups of 4 or more, this trip
offers the chance to experience one of the most biologically diverse rivers
in the world as it wanders through the 10,000 acre, Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.
The Etowah River...
...offers paddlers more challenging
rapids, great scenery, good fishing and a short portage around the 10 foot drop of spectacular Etowah Falls (a great
place for a picnic lunch!) Beautiful Mountain Laurel and Rhododendrons grace the banks of this small, fast moving
stream that keeps your interest up around every bend. We recommend previous canoeing or kayaking experience to fully
enjoy the shoals on this moderately challenging trip. The Etowah is best in the spring and early summer, the water
levels are higher and numerous wildflowers are in bloom.