trip on the lower portion of the Cartecay, from DNR to the new
outfitter, Cartecay River Experience, which I call section 4, was
listed for trained beginners. It is an ideal section for the new
paddler to practice their skills. The river level was 1.85′ on the
USGS gauge, decent for out purposes. Eleven canoes and kayaks went
the distance, then we got out at CRX for lunch

After lunch six
boats continued to the park in Ellijay. This last piece gives the
beginner a few nice rapids, one Class II, to test their abilities,
but then there is a lot of flat water going on into town. Along the
way, the Ellijay River enters from the right, and the river becomes
the Coosawattee. So, we got to paddle three rivers in one day!

Dick Hurd, Carrie Wozniak, Peter & Dorate Gabris, Doug Ackerman,
Meg Grantham, Leslie Gold, Bobby Batchelor, Theresa Neill, Carol
Reiser, Marie Short, and David Guyton.

DNR takeout now has some major improvements, notably a good put-in
just above the stairs we have used for take-out, so launching either
canoe or kayak is quite easy.

June 27, 2010