Eight
adventurous paddlers joined me on Saturday, June 14, for a trip down
the falls section of the Etowah. For several it was their first trip
on the Etowah, and for others their first with the GCA.

I
knew the water was low: the outfitter advises a minimum level of 4.8
on the Highway 9 gauge and it was 3.8 and easily monitored at the web
site. Still, I thought we could get by and we did, with a lot of
upper body effort, and frequent hangups. With two canoes and the rest
various style kayaks, everyone was challenged.

Still,
it is a lovely and scenic river, very quiet, relatively little
development, even today, and the falls are always interesting. There
are also several shoals offering challenges to the beginner. I
probably would not run it again at this level, but 6 more inches of
water, getting it to 4.3, may be adequate.

Joining
me were Patty Durand, Brian Hughes, Lydia Hughes
, Leif Hauge,
Keith Haskell, Lisa Haskell, Amanda Haskell and Caleb Castleberry.
The url for the gauge is:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/uv?02389150.

By
Dick Hurd
From The Eddy Line, August 2008

For more information on this river see:
Etowah Falls Section