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Etowah river trip

Mac's Yaks Kayak Rental
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This is Mac’s Yaks first ever Etowah river trip! Actually it’s our first group trip to any other river besides the Oconee here in Milledgeville.

The cost is $45 a person and that will include your kayak, paddle, life jacket, and transportation. We will leave Milly around 8:00am and will return around 7:00pm. Again we will be providing transportation, but you can also drive your own vehicle. If you have your own kayak and want to join us, we can load your yak on our trailer for $20 or you can bring it yourself and just tag along! All yakers are welcome. Going places is fun but it’s only a place is you don’t have people with you so whether you rent or not, come! If you have anymore questions, just message us on our Facebook page, call us at (478)454-8348 , or email us at macyaks@yahoo.com . There are limited spots available.

Below is a message from Scott(Kayak Guy Atlanta) letting you know about this trip. He’ll let you know what all we’ll be doing and what you need to bring.

Hi folks

This message is for the great people coming up to Atlanta area with Mac's Yaks rentals. He and I (Kayak Guy Atlanta) are doing some awesome cross promotion with our business and decided to find some kayaking in each others neighborhood. So on May 5th, 2018 we will be headed to one of my favorite spots in the Atlanta area.

It may be a bit of a drive but will be well worth it. The Etowah River has lots of great scenery and one of the more unique paddle experiences you can get. If the water level and weather permits, we will paddle a section of the river that has been coined....The Tunnel of Terror. This tunnel is actually a 0.5 mile tunnel that was created to divert the main river to look for gold back in the early 1900s. It wasn't too successful finding gold, but makes for a really good kayak. You can see it on Youtube.com just look up Etowah Tunnel.

We will meet at a place called River Park Kayak Launch. This will actually be the end of our journey but makes for a good place to meet. There is a big open lot and lots of parking and even a small bathroom. From here, we will transport upriver 12 miles to a place that isn't as well traveled. There is a put-in here that will be called Castleberry Ridge. Its a good starting point to the journey and a few sets of small rapids to get the trip started off right.

The entire trip will take 5-6 hours. Most of the rapids are pretty calm with a few Class 2. There are some really nice places to stop for lunch. So pack a small/medium sized cooler with food and beverage. A good headlamp will be necessary if you decide to paddle the tunnel. You can divert the tunnel if you choose, so don't feel like you have to do it. If you have claustrophobia you may want to avoid it. Helmets are also a good option, even if you have a bike helmet that will do. You will only need it in the tunnel and not really required on the rest of the trip.

There are sometimes tree obstacles along the journey. This may require us portaging in spots. Not likely, but don't be surprised if there is some new fallen trees.

It is also a great idea to have an extra change of clothes. You will get wet to some extent. You can leave them in the car for when we finish up. The parking lot we meet will be safe, but its always a good idea to lock up your belongings.

This will be a great paddle and looking forward to meeting some new folks from Milledgeville. If you have any questions, or concerns, feel free to ask. Hope all is well and see you on the river.