In recognition of Earth Day, which falls on April 21 this year, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia has organized a relaxing and scenic paddle trip on the Etowah River.
Members and future members are invited to join MCT on a 9-mile paddle through the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, a region rich with history, teeming with birds and other wildlife and home to the Cherokee and Etowah Darters which live nowhere else in the world.
“Mountain Conservation Trust has contributed to the protection of over 1,500 acres of state wildlife management areas with a focus on the Etowah River watershed, so this specific section of the river is a fitting choice for our membership,” said George Kimberly, MCT executive director.
Beginners and experienced paddlers are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe, or rent gear from Appalachian Outfitters, who will also provide shuttle transportation.
The cost for the 4-hour event is $40 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, and lifejacket rental, WMA fee and shuttle transportation. If you choose to bring your own boat, the shuttle is $15 per canoe and $10 per kayak.
Attendees will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the take-out point, Kelly Bridge Road in Dawsonville, where the shuttle will transport boats and paddlers to the River Park Launch. Paddlers may consult the water trail map available at www.etowahwatertrail.org/guides/dawson-forest/ or visit www.canoegeorgia.com for more information.
Remember to wear appropriate footwear and bring snacks or lunch, water, sunscreen, a hat and other essentials appropriate for the trip (no alcohol, glass or Styrofoam).
Advanced reservation and payment must be made before April 18. Call MCT at (706)253-4077 to register or if you have questions about the event. If you would like to learn more about Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, visit www.mctga.org.