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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Saturday, August 29, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.     

Advance Registration Required - See Phone Number Below

Description:  Bring your own canoe or kayak and join us for a very leisurely float on the Chattahoochee River. We will float a three mile section of the Chattahoochee River from Powers Island to Paces Mill at US Highway 41.  There are three mild class 1.5 rapids suitable for beginners along this part of the river.  The Palisades have narrow floodplains and steep ridges rising to over 1,000 feet. The area offers a great diversity of habitats and includes oak-hickory forest, steep north facing slopes, mesic ravine forest, and floodplain forest. Created by the geologic action of the Brevard Fault, the river, and the effects of weather; this rugged and beautiful section of the river is habitat to an extraordinary array of wildlife and late summer wildflowers.  This will be a great trip for butterflies as well. We will make stops at the Chinese bamboo grove, Sandy Point and then at Devilís Stair Step Beach (Diving Rock) for lunch and a short loop walk. 

Location: We will meet at Powers Island, 5862 Interstate North Pkwy., Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328 at 10:00 a.m. and quickly unload all of our equipment.  We will then take the majority of the vehicles to Paces Mill and shuttle the drivers back to Powers Island.

Bring: Pack a lunch and we will picnic along the river.  Sunscreen, a hat, rain jacket, and water should be brought along.  Your camera, binoculars, and maybe a hand lens are all recommended.  Bring a day pack or other bag to secure items inside your boat. $3.00 daily parking pass or annual parking pass needed.

Directions: or 678-538-1200.   
Facilities:  Restrooms are located at Powers Island, our lunch stop, and Paces Mill.

Contact:  Jerry Hightower; 770-678-0338, cell; 678-538-1245, office; or

Reservations are required by calling 678-538-1200.  Canoes and kayaks can be rented from a number of venders.  You can obtain rental vender contact information from the number above or  Fees: There is a $3 parking fee if you do not have an annual pass.   

Our river trips are not so much focused on traveling from one place to another as they are on experiencing and discovering the river and the special places along the way.  Our progress therefore, is measured not in time and distance, but in delight and insight.


Rich Reaves
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