Canoeing Association, Inc. originated in 1968, largely due to the
efforts of Bill Crawford and Horace Holden, who felt a club should be
formed to provide a common outlet for canoeist, whether novices or
experts, as well as safety and paddling instruction. The club has
grown from a handful of people to several hundred families and
individuals and has expanded to include decked boats as well as
membership consists mainly of people from Georgia and adjoining
states who share the common objectives of exploring, enjoying and
preserving the recreational waterways of America, particularly those
in the Southeast. We utilize man powered craft and firmly believe in
maintaining the wilderness character of our waterways through
determined conservation efforts. One of GCA’s most critical
endeavors is to promote proficiency and safety on moving water
through instruction, publicity and cooperation with other outdoor
clubs. The GCA is an affiliate of the American Whitewater Affiliation
and is adherent to its rules.
GCA is active through out the year with scheduled trips from February
through November, as well as impromptu trips during the frigid
months. Many trips are on moderate whitewater ( the Etowah,
Toccoa, ect); there are a few float trips (no rapids) and some trips
o truly wildwater (sec IV of the Chattooga, Ocoee) which are
guaranteed to challenge the most expert paddler. Most GCA members use
open canoes, decked canoes or kayaks.
1969 the GCA organized the first whitewater slalom race in the
Southeast on the Nantahala River in North Carolina over the July 4th
weekend. This Southeastern U.S. Canoe and Kayak Championship race has
become a major annual event and attracts paddlers from all over the
country. Finally and of considerable importance is the club’s very
active role in ecological and conservation activities and mapping of
rivers. At every opportunity we initiate, support and reinforce
conservation efforts and maintain a close rapport with the Georgia
Conservancy, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Georgia Wildlife
Federation, various state agencies and particularly, canoeing clubs
in neighboring states.
your friends share our interests and concerns, invite them to join
the Georgia Canoeing Association.
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