This weekend river lovers will converge on the Etowah River for a series of events to celebrate this 163-mile-long river flowing through North Georgia.
Weekend for the Etowah begins Saturday, Sept. 16, with the Etowah River Clean Sweep, a river cleanup sponsored by the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) focusing on the river between Allatoona Dam and Rome.
CRBI is currently seeking individual volunteers and community, church, civic and school groups to participate in this river cleanup. For more information call 706-232-2724 or e-mail Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman at email@example.com All volunteers receive Rivers Alive t-shirts.
Following the cleanup, Saturday evening at River Dog Outpost, CRBI will hold a drawing to win a SweetWater Brewing Co. kayak, cooler and corn hole set as part of SweetWater’s Save Our Water events. Last chance raffle tickets will be available at the downtown Rome beer garden overlooking the river at 1 Broad Street beginning at 6 p.m.
The fun continues Sunday, Sept. 17, with the Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo which features a 7-mile paddle on the Etowah in Dawson and Forsyth counties. Tickets for the event are $75 per person or $130 per couple and include boat rentals, shuttle service, a barbecue dinner, a raffle ticket to win a new kayak from The Outside World and a copy of the Etowah River User’s Guide, a comprehensive guide to the entire river.
The Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo is sponsored by Troncalli Subaru in Cumming and Modern Woodmen of America and will highlight one of the newest public access points on the river: Forsyth County’s recently completed Eagle’s Beak Park. Proceeds will help build and promote the Etowah River Water Trail
The event begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. at Eagle’s Beak Park. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.coosa.org/events/etowah-river-water-trail-rodeo
Since 2010, ten new public access points have been added along the river making it easier for local residents and visitors to enjoy the Etowah River.
CRBI is a 501c3 non profit organization and member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Its mission is to inform and empower citizens to protect, preserve and restore North America’s most biologically diverse river basin.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JOE COOK AT 706-409-0128 or email at JCOOK@COOSA.ORG