A Project of the Stephens County Foundation
GET READY FOR A GOOD PADDLE!
A MEMORIAL WEEKEND TRADITION
12th Annual River History Tour
Saturday - May 25, 2019
7:30 AM: check-in opens.
Plan to be ready to paddle by 8:30 AM
8:30am - 2:30pm (approximate end time)
Begin at Walker Creek Boat Access
Yonah Dam Rd.
REGISTER EARLY ! -- SPACE IS LIMITED
Registrants will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to REI co-op.
ABOUT THE TUGALOO RIVER & TOUR
The Tugaloo River History Tour began 12 years ago with 10 paddlers. Today, it has grown to include more than 150 people from across the State of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.
Now be among the first group to paddle the Tugaloo River as an official developing Water Trail in the state of Georgia. This means the River is listed among some pretty important rivers in Georgia: the Yellow River, the Broad River, the Flint River, Altamaha River, Chattahoochee River, Chattooga River, Etowah River, Ocmulgee River, Okefenokee Wilderness, Satilla River, Toccoa River and many more.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery, natural habitat and calm waters as you learn about the significance of historical sites along the river.
ABOUT THE PADDLE
This is a guided Tour led by Kelly Vickers, a local historian. We will paddle down river stopping along the way to hear about the history of the river and the surrounding area such as the old logjam, the ancient Cherokee villages of Estatoe, Noyowee, and Tugaloo, and the old Prather Bridge.
If the lake levels hold, we will have an easy paddle to Long Nose Creek Falls, where will have lunch. We’ll then paddle on to the Indian Mound in the center of Lake Hartwell before heading to a take-out point around 2:30 PM.
This is a wonderful time to be out on the water, to hear about the history of the area, and to be with friends.
ABOUT THE LOGISTICS
BEFORE THE PADDLE -- Check-in opens at 7:30 AM at Walker Creek Boat Ramp. Plan to arrive at Walker Creek Boat Ramp between 7:30 - 8:15 AM to unload canoes / kayaks and passengers. After unloading, drive your car to nearby Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park to park your car. A shuttle will take you back to Walker Creek Boat Ramp for the launch. (Map to Walker Creek Boat Access)
AFTER THE PADDLE -- At approximately 2:30 PM, you will be shuttled to your car from the take out point. Then you can pick up your kayak/canoe and any passengers.
WHAT TO BRING
Canoe or kayak - Paddle - Personal Flotation Device
Sunscreen - Hat with Brim
Quick dry clothing
Picnic lunch/ snacks
copy of your ID to carry with you as you paddle
To rent kayaks or canoes, click here
HOW TO PARTICIPATE -- GET REGISTERED!
This is a very popular event and space is limited. We encourage you to register early.
Registration Fee: $10 for an individual / $20 for a Family
- Family registration is intended for a family up to 5 people and may include immediate family members such as a spouse and / or children.
- Registrants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
- Registration fees are non-refundable.
Your registration fees will be put to good use!
Proceeds benefit the Stephens County Foundation in support of the developing the Tugaloo River Water Trail project and other on-going projects. Thank you.
TWO WAYS TO REGISTER
1) If you would like to register online using a credit card:
- kindly read the PDF Waiver
- then click here or scroll down to fill out the registration form below and pay
2) If you would like to register using a check:
- print out the PDF registration form and mail in>>>>>>
Please make sure that we receive you mailed registration no later than May 20th. In the event that the Tour sells out before we receive your registration, you will be notified and your check will be returned to you.
Please read the Stephens County Foundation Tugaloo River History Tour Event Waiver >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
THANK YOU SPONSORS
X - FACTOR CORNERSTONE GRILL
OSBOURNE WOOD PRODUCTS
SOUTH STATE BANK
Pre-Order the 2019 Commemorative Shirt by May 15th
Pick- up at the Paddle.
$15 for Men or Womens Shirt ($18 for 2XL) / $12 Youth
Proceeds from the shirt benefit the Stephens County Foundation
Performance tee with moisture-wicking technology to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.
To pre-order, visit our online store
LOCAL KAYAK & CANOE RENTAL PLACES
KAYAK / CANOE RENTAL AT TUGALOO BEND HERITAGE SITE
There are a limited number of kayaks and canoes available to rent from the Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park.
Rental includes paddle and PFD.
$40 per day for a canoe or kayak
$30 per day for renting 2 or more
Reservations recommended. Call: 706-282-7636 or submit a reservation request
Rent Kayaks in-town at:
TOCCOA BICYCLE & OUTDOORS
Rental rates for Kayaks
Standard - $30 per day/$30 refundable deposit
Must have a credit/debit card to rent.
Includes a Life jacket and Paddle
Rent on a Saturday and it is not due back until Monday, Sunday is free.