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Etowah River User's Guide (Georgia River Network Guidebooks)


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From its headwaters on the southern slope of the Tennessee Valley divide near Dahlonega to its confluence with the Oostanaula to form the Coosa in Rome, the Etowah is a river full of interesting surprises. Paddle over Native American fish weirs and past the Etowah Indian Mounds, one of the most intact Mississippian Culture sites in the Southeast. See the quarter-mile tunnel created to divert the Etowah during Georgia’s gold rush and the pilings from antebellum bridges burned in the Civil War. This guide offers all the information needed for even novice paddlers to feel comfortable jumping in a boat and heading downstream, including detailed, accurate maps; put in/take out and optimal river flow information; mile-by-mile points of interest; and an illustrated natural history guide to help identify animals and plants commonly seen in and around the river. A fishing primer offers tips to understand the habits of some of the many native fish species found in the Etowah, from trout in the river’s upper reaches to bass and bream in the midsection and catfish and drum below Lake Allatoona. Along the way, river explorers will come to understand the threats facing this unique Georgia place, and the guide offers suggestions for how to take action to help protect the Etowah and keep its beauty and biodiversity safe for future explorers.


  • an introduction and overview of the river
  • chapters describing each river section with detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest
  • a compact natural history guide featuring species of interest found along Georgia’s rivers
  • notes on safety and boating etiquette
  • a fishing primer
  • notes on organizations working to protect the river
A Georgia River Network Guidebook

Published in association with the Coosa River Basin Initiative

A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book

About the Author

Joe Cook is executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative and coordinator of Georgia River Network’s annual Paddle Georgia event. His photography has been widely published, and he is the coauthor with Monica Cook of River Song: A Journey Down the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Safety 6

Boating Etiquette 8

How to Use This Book 11

An Etowah River Fishing Primer by Paul Diprima 13


Headwaters • Hightower Gap to Hightower Church Road 21

Hightower • Hightower Church Road to Ga. 9 29

Etowah Falls • Ga. 9 to Castleberry Bridge Road 35

Tunneling for Gold • Castleberry Bridge Road to Ga. 136 41

Big Savannah • Ga. 136 to Ga. 9 47

Dawson Forest • Ga. 9 to Kelly Bridge Road 53

Eagle’s Beak • Kelly Bridge Road to Old Federal Road 59

McGraw Ford • Old Federal Road to East Cherokee Drive 63

Canton • East Cherokee Drive to Boling Park 69

Lake Allatoona Backwaters • Boling Park to Knox Bridge 75

Lake Allatoona • Knox Bridge to Allatoona Dam 79

Indian Mounds • Base of Allatoona Dam to Henry Floyd’s 87

Euharlee • Henry Floyd’s to Euharlee Road 97

Hardin Bridge • Euharlee Road to U.S. 411 105

Reynolds Bend • U.S. 411 to Ga. Loop 1 / Grizzard Park 111

Rome • Ga. Loop 1 / Grizzard Park to Lock and Dam Park 119

Animals and Plants along Georgia Rivers 127

Protecting the Etowah 161

Photo Credits 163

Product Details

Cook, Joe
University of Georgia Press
Nautical-Boating General
Travel-US Southern States
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Georgia River Network Guidebooks
Publication Date:
159 color photos, 17 maps
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Kayak and Canoe
Transportation » Nautical » Boats » Boating
Travel » North America » United States » Southern States
Travel » Special Interest » Sports

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