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Posted: 6/22/2022 9:30:20 PM EDT
Anyone know of a river shuttle service for the upper or lower Etowah river? My fishing partner started working weekends and has screwed up our whole system.

Link Posted: 6/24/2022 2:07:43 PM EDT
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Try Nomadic Flow in Canton.

I have used them for kayak shuttles up the Etowah from their storefront at The Mill.
Link Posted: 6/24/2022 11:22:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By haloblue:
Try Nomadic Flow in Canton.

I have used them for kayak shuttles up the Etowah from their storefront at The Mill.
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Thanks, I'll check them out.

Do you know if they use a takeout at their storefront area or will they take you wherever you want to go?
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 1:00:56 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Loonytik:


Thanks, I'll check them out.

Do you know if they use a takeout at their storefront area or will they take you wherever you want to go?
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Serious question. With the weather we've had is the etowah high enough?
Link Posted: 6/26/2022 6:07:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By silentbob343:

Serious question. With the weather we've had is the etowah high enough?
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I haven't been up to the upper Etowah this season but I'm sure it's low right now.

I floated the Conasauga today and it was very low. Probably 3 feet.
Link Posted: 7/1/2022 7:32:14 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Loonytik:


Thanks, I'll check them out.

Do you know if they use a takeout at their storefront area or will they take you wherever you want to go?
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Originally Posted By silentbob343:

No idea. I usually take out at the brewery.

Serious question. With the weather we've had is the etowah high enough?
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Going to float the etowah from East Cherokee late next week. Will report back.
Link Posted: 7/24/2022 8:55:01 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By haloblue:



Going to float the etowah from East Cherokee late next week. Will report back.
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Well?
Link Posted: 7/24/2022 8:44:28 PM EDT
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I don't know of any shuttles on upper Etowah like that. Maybe call and ask at Outside World in Dawsonville.

Sold my canoe and my yak, got 2 fishing boats, so I don't run the river these days. I always had a friend with and 2 vehicles, or I parked at the take-out and got the wife to drop me off. I mostly ran these upper sections:
1. Castleberry Bridge to Hwy 136, (this section has the super-fun mining tunnel).
2. Dawsonville River Park on Hwy 9 to take-out at River Bend Gun Club. If not a RBGC member, take out at Kelly Bridge and pay the fee.

There are websites to check flow/level online. Plan on hiking/dragging some shoals if level at 136 is below 4'.
https://dashboard.waterdata.usgs.gov/app/nwd/?region=lower48&aoi=default
Link Posted: 7/31/2022 9:30:37 PM EDT
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Apologies...

Two floats.

One from Kelley Bridge to Eagles Beak. 6 miles, 2 hours. Clear all the way. Levels were what I would call normal for summer, meaning knee to waist high or deeper all the way.

Second float was a shuttle run ($10) from Nomadic Flow at The Mill to East Cherokee. Float was 14 miles and change, right at 3 hours 15 minutes. Same conditions.

Next float will be from Dawsonville to Eagles Beak. Probably within the next two weeks. I expect lots of downed trees through Dawson Forrest, but should be deep enough for the whole route.
Link Posted: 8/6/2022 8:18:08 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By haloblue:
Apologies...

Two floats.

One from Kelley Bridge to Eagles Beak. 6 miles, 2 hours. Clear all the way. Levels were what I would call normal for summer, meaning knee to waist high or deeper all the way.

Second float was a shuttle run ($10) from Nomadic Flow at The Mill to East Cherokee. Float was 14 miles and change, right at 3 hours 15 minutes. Same conditions.

Next float will be from Dawsonville to Eagles Beak. Probably within the next two weeks. I expect lots of downed trees through Dawson Forrest, but should be deep enough for the whole route.
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14 miles in 3 hours...you were moving. I figure 1.5 to 2mph but, I'm fishing the entire trip.

My last trip through Dawson Forest was a chore. I had to drag my canoe around 4 thick blowdowns.



Link Posted: 8/7/2022 12:04:21 PM EDT
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I was moving pretty quick. The shuttle driver said his record for that section was 3:12 and he was about half my age. Challenge accepted it seems. It was stupid hot and in direct sun and I was solo, so no one to slow me down.

Your pics are my experience with that section as well. Most of the outfitters seem to stay south of there. The only one that may have done any scouting or maintenance was The Outside World in Dawsonville, but I heard they went out of business.

I will post updates after my next float through that section. Will try and get some pics as well.

As an aside, my last trip through there was in the fall of 2020. Put in before the forest in Dawsonville, floated about 50% through that section and camped at the waterfall. See below:



Map located here: http://www.etowahwatertrail.org/interactive-map/



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Originally Posted By Loonytik:


14 miles in 3 hours...you were moving. I figure 1.5 to 2mph but, I'm fishing the entire trip.

My last trip through Dawson Forest was a chore. I had to drag my canoe around 4 thick blowdowns.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52266885388_fa419f24c7_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52265901967_1e126441ac_c.jpg
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Originally Posted By Loonytik:
Originally Posted By haloblue:
Apologies...

Two floats.

One from Kelley Bridge to Eagles Beak. 6 miles, 2 hours. Clear all the way. Levels were what I would call normal for summer, meaning knee to waist high or deeper all the way.

Second float was a shuttle run ($10) from Nomadic Flow at The Mill to East Cherokee. Float was 14 miles and change, right at 3 hours 15 minutes. Same conditions.

Next float will be from Dawsonville to Eagles Beak. Probably within the next two weeks. I expect lots of downed trees through Dawson Forrest, but should be deep enough for the whole route.


14 miles in 3 hours...you were moving. I figure 1.5 to 2mph but, I'm fishing the entire trip.

My last trip through Dawson Forest was a chore. I had to drag my canoe around 4 thick blowdowns.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52266885388_fa419f24c7_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52265901967_1e126441ac_c.jpg

Link Posted: 8/8/2022 11:27:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By haloblue:
The only one that may have done any scouting or maintenance was The Outside World in Dawsonville, but I heard they went out of business.
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They did.
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