Both trips are free to CRBI members. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. Pre-registration is required at www.coosa.org/events/paddle-trips. Non-members can join CRBI at the discounted rate of $30 per family and reserve rental boats at the registration site. For more information call CRBI volunteer paddle trip coordinator Alan Crawford at 706-346-3509 or via e-mail at email@example.com or call 706-232-2724.
The Fish Weir Paddle on Sept. 10 runs 17 miles from US 411 near Kingston to Grizzard Park at the Rome Bypass. During the trip, paddlers will explore the most remote section of the Lower Etowah and visit several Native American fish weirs. These V-shaped rock structures were built by the region's original inhabitants and were used to catch fish. The weirs are believed to be 500 to 1000 years old.
The Harvest Moon Paddle on Sept. 12 runs six miles from downtown Rome to Lock and Dam Park. The trip will launch from Heritage Park as the Harvest Moon rises over downtown Rome and continue down the Coosa, past Blacks Bluff and on to the park. Paddlers should bring two light sources (flashlights or headlamps) for safety purposes.
"Being out on the river at twilight and at night is a special experience," said Joe Cook, Executive Director and Riverkeeper at CRBI. "It's when the light is the best and when many of the nocturnal critters begin moving about. Throw in a beautiful Harvest Moon overhead and we should have a wonderful trip."