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Georgia whitewater, Etowah River

Lumpkin Dawson county, US 19 to Highway 136 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(IV)     13.3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Lumpkin/ Dawson County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. If you're coming from Gainesville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with
    plenty of places for that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are plenty of other sections in this river
system that can be paddled as well. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Georgia are often more challenging  
than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The US 19 to Highway 136 stretch of Etowah River in Georgia is 13.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II(IV) section.

Briefly about the general area:
Etowah River is not far at all from Dahlonega, and on a good day you can take a hike along the Black Mountain Trail. So many enjoyable things in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just striking. The high level of precipitation makes Etowah River a pretty wet spot. The month of March is the wettest with most of the rain while October is regularly the driest month.

Etowah River, US 19 to Highway 136 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Etowah River.
 Whitewater Near Etowah River:
Etowah River, Lumpkin/ Dawson County, 3 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 13.3 miles long (US 19 to Highway 136)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (US 19 North of Dahlonega to US 19)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (US 19 to Chestatee River)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Hightower Road to US 19)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Above Hightower Road)
Settingdown Creek, Forsythe County, 11 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.3 miles long (Pooles Mill to GA Route 369)
Amicalola Creek, Dawson County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.75 miles long (Highway 53 to Kelly Bridge/Etowah River)
Chestatee River, Lumpkin County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (Grindle Falls Road to Copper Mine)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Waters Creek Campground to Turners Corner)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 0.75 miles long (WMA Gate to Waters Creek Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Etowah River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 55 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 78 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Etowah River:
Gainesville Marina, Gainesville , 11 miles away
Bald Ridge Marina, Cumming , 15 miles away
Holiday On Lake Lanier, Buford , 17 miles away
Starboard Cove Marina, Flowery Branch , 17 miles away
Waterfront Lanier Harbor, Buford , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Etowah River:
The Smith House Historic Hotels Of America, Dahlonega , 5 miles away
Park Place Hotel, Dahlonega , 5 miles away
Super 8 Dawsonville, Dawsonville , 6 miles away
Days Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 6 miles away
Quality Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Etowah River:
Hidden Valley Resort, Dawsonville, 3 miles away
Wild Willy Rv's & Campground, Dahlonega, 4 miles away
Blackburn Park and Campground, Dahlonega, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Etowah River:
Black Mountain Trail, Union , 12 miles away
Brookshire Creek Trail, Monroe , 16 miles away
DeSoto Falls Trail, Lumpkin , 17 miles away
Duncan Ridge Trail, Union , 19 miles away
Benton Mackaye Trail, Fannin , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Etowah River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 34 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 16 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 19 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Etowah River:
Gold Creek Golf Course, Dawsonville , 5 miles away
Trader Golf Of North Georgia, Dawsonville , 5 miles away
Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River, Dahlonega , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Etowah River
Lake Petit, Pickens , 17 miles away
Lake Sidney Lanier, Forsyth , 17 miles away
Lake Qualatchee, White , 19 miles away

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