A Project of the Stephens County Foundation
GET READY FOR A GOOD PADDLE!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, regrettably our annual Memorial Day Weekend History Tour paddle will not be taking place this year in 2020.
Yet there is good news amidst the unfortunate circumstances. The newly designated Tugaloo River Water Trail is open for public use.
Click here for more information about a self-guided paddle on the river.
In the meantime, please consider pre-ordering a Tugaloo Water Trail shirt to help support the on-going development and improvement of the infrastructure of the water trail making it more accessible and paddle friendly. (more info)
Note: Please disregard information and the registration about the history tour paddle below.
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
ABOUT THE TUGALOO RIVER & TOUR
Tugaloo River Corridor comprises the only remaining untamed portion of the historic Tugaloo River. The Corridor extends 10 miles from Panther Creek and the Yonah Dam area south to Broken Bridges at Georgia Hwy 123 and Lake Hartwell. This area is rich with history and natural beauty. Recently the Tugaloo River Corridor has been recognized and designated as an official Water Trail in the state of Georgia. More info about Water Trails in Georgia.
The Tugaloo River History Tour began 13 years ago with 10 paddlers. Today, this paddle has grown to include more over 150 paddlers from across the State of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Without a doubt, this is a wonderful time to be out on the water, to hear about the history of the area, and to be with friends.
The Tugaloo River is a flat paddle with a class 1 area of rapids coming away from the first launch at Yonah Dam. It is easy and provides lots of opportunities for you to enjoy the beauty of an unspoiled environment.
The Tugaloo River History Tour on June 13th, 2020 marks the first organized paddle for the river since becoming an official Water Trail in Georgia.
More information about the Tugaloo River Water Trail Coming Soon.
ABOUT THE PADDLE
The Tugaloo River History Paddle is presented and organized by the Stephens County Foundation in cooperation with Tugaloo River Water Trail (TRWT) . The paddle is guided by the TRWT team along with local historian Kelly Vickers.
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 log jam, 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 we will have lunch. We’ll then paddle on to the Indian Mound , where the river transitions in to Lake Hartwell before heading to a take-out point around 2:30 PM.
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 to nearby Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park to park your vehicle. A shuttle will take you back to Walker Creek Boat Ramp for the launch. (Map to Walker Creek Boat Access)
THE LAUNCH -- Paddlers will launch in groups of 25 beginning at 8:30 AM
AFTER THE PADDLE -- At approximately 2:30 PM, you will be shuttled to your vehicle 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.
- Registrants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
- Suggested donation is $10 per person.
- Donations are non-refundable.
Your donation will be put to good use! Proceeds benefit the Stephens County Foundation in support of the Tugaloo River Water Trail project and other on-going projects. Thank you!
TWO WAYS TO REGISTER
1) To register and donate online with a credit card:
- kindly read the PDF Waiver below
- then click here or scroll down to fill out the registration form below and donate.
- you may register as an individual registrant or register as a family (spouse, and/or children)
2) To register and donate with a check:
- print out the PDF registration form and mail in>>>>>>
Please make sure that we receive you mailed registration no later than June 10th. We will contact you in the event that the Tour is sold out at that time.
Please read the Stephens County Foundation Tugaloo River History Tour Event Waiver
Thank you Sponsors
LOCAL KAYAK & CANOE RENTAL
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.
$30 per day for a canoe or kayak
$20 per day for renting 2 or more
Reservations recommended. Call: 706-282-7636 or submit a reservation request