This 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.

Etowah Falls

Portage the falls over the rocks on river right. Note that river right is the left side of this picture.
You can lower your boat and walk around through the woods.

  • River Difficulty: Trained Beginner (Class I-II)
  • Distance: 6.0  miles (Highway 9 to Castleberry Bridge Rd.)
  • Avg Gradient: 16.2 fpm
  • Hazards: 14′ Waterfall should be portaged!
  • Minimum Suggested Level: 4.3′ (4.8′ recommended)
  • Levels: 250 CFS is wonderful with lots of passable lines.
  • Max: 8.5? (Per trip report)

River Information:

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Put In / Take Out Location:

Put In: 34.514953, -84.060401 : Limited Parking

Take Out: 34.472879, -84.036969: More parking than take out.

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Nearby Outfitters:

Appalachian Outfitters
Phone: 706-864-6156
Website: www.canoegeoriga.com
Rents: Kayaks, canoes, Sit On Tops
Location: At the end of GA400, turn left. Drive 3.5 miles and they will be on the left.

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