Cherokee Smoky Mountain Weekend

March 23-24, 2019

Saturday – Oconaluftee River, class I-II (III) intermediate. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Pioneer Village) on US Hwy. 441 in Cherokee.

Sunday – Raven Fork (class II-III, advanced intermediate). Meet at Oconaluftee Visitors Center at 10:00 am.

This was a regular annual GCA event from 1980-1999, after which the Cherokee Reservation authorities closed to paddlers most of the portions of these two streams within the Quala Reservation. They are now open again. You can register for either or both of these trips. Continue Reading

Atlanta Paddling Film Festival

April 28, 1-4PM at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse

Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year’s best paddling films. You’ll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. Since Rapid Media launched the festival back in 2006, the World Tour has screened 959 times to more than 282,864 audience members. Rapid Media has awarded $71,000 to paddling filmmakers and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The Paddling Film Festival World Tour has grown to become one of the largest paddling events in the world.

Like last year the Georgia Canoeing Association wants to support the Paddling Film Festival and encourage our members to attend this event. Therefore we are offering a great deal to our members – buy one ticket, get one free! When you purchase one ticket for $25 you will actually receive two tickets (a $50 value). You will receive your PayPal receipt and then pick your tickets up at the event. You cannot get one ticket for half price but for each $25 ticket you purchase you will receive another ticket free.

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GCA River Access Fund

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Upcoming Events



2019 Spring Membership Paddle

Come out to the Spring Membership Paddle on Sunday March 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm. We will be in front of the NOC Outfitter Pavilion at Powers Island with pizza and soft drinks. We will eat pizza and socialize, have a brief club meeting and then we will paddle the Metro...

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Spring Extravaganza 2019

Mark your calendars! The 2019 Spring Extravaganza is going to be at Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground on May 17 – 19, 2019. Come on out and join your fellow GCA members for three days of paddling, fellowship and fun! Stay tuned for more details as the date gets...

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Team River Runner Atlanta 2018 – Best Year Ever

The GCA recently received a thank you note and update from the Team River Runner Atlanta Chapter Coordinator, Laura Dillon.  Team River Runner is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health,...

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