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Earth Day Paddle Trips on Etowah This Weekend

The paddle trips will offer participants a look at the area's history and ecology.

The Coosa River Basin Initiative will host a pair of canoe/kayak paddles on the Etowah River on Saturday and Sunday, giving participants a chance to explore a 17-mile section of the river in Bartow County to celebrate Earth Day weekend.

On Saturday, the local Riverkeeper group will lead a 10-mile trip from Euharlee Road to U.S. 411. Sunday, they will run a 7-mile trip from “Floyd’s Landing” to Euharlee Road.

“The Etowah is one of North Georgia’s natural treasures, so there’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day,” Joe Cook, CRBI executive director & Riverkeeper, said in a news release.

The Earth Day paddle trips will give participants an opportunity to see Native American fish weirs—rock dams constructed 500-1,000 years ago to capture fish—as well as some of the Etowah’s fish diversity. CRBI staff will collect fish from the river and educate participants about the various species found in the river. The Etowah is considered one of the country’s most biologically diverse river systems with 76 native fish species.

Both trips will utilize a new boat launch constructed by Bartow County at the Euharlee Road Bridge over the Etowah.

Interested parties must pre-register at www.coosa.org/events/paddle-trips. The trip is free to CRBI members. Non members may pay annual membership dues at the online registration page. Canoe and kayak rentals are available.

For more information, contact Alan Crawford, CRBI Volunteer Adventure Trip Coordinator, at ibwheelin2@yahoo.com or call 706-346-3509. You may also call CRBI at 706-232-2724.

CRBI is working to establish a new boat launch at U.S. 411 as part of an effort to create a 160-mile-long Etowah River Water Trail stretching from Dawsonville to Rome. Construction on the U.S. 411 launch site is expected to begin later this year.

Additionally, in the next month CRBI will launch an Etowah River Water Trail website that will provide maps and information about launch sites, historic sites and other points of interest along the river.

CRBI is a 501c3 non-profit organization and member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Its mission is to inform and empower citizens to protect, preserve and restore North America’s most biologically diverse river basin.  

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