Huntsville Canoe Club

Coosa River Overnight Trip (Andy) - I/II

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 6pm - 4pm Sunday, June 25th

Location: Coosa River, Wetumka, Alabama

This event is in the past.

The current plan is to make this a weekend of paddling.  We will plan to camp Friday and Saturday nights, with paddling Saturday and Sunday.  Camping will be on the grounds of Coosa River Adventures (Coosa River Adventures, 415 Company St., Wetumpka, 334/514-0279). They don’t advertise camping, so I’ve been told we will have plenty of space. Tent and hammock camping are both options. The cost will be $5 per person for the weekend. This will allow us two leisurely days of kayaking/canoeing.  This is a good family-oriented paddle and kayaks are available to rent from the Coosa River Adventures Outfitters if needed.

The Coosa River is considered one of the best beginner whitewater rapid series in the country.  Because of the Walter Bouldin Dam (which is where you’ll be dropped off to begin your journey), the Alabama Power Company releases a minimum of 2,000 cubic feet per second each day, with up to 10,000 cfps being released mainly in the spring and summer for recreational and spawning use. This constant flow of water, coupled with a unique compilation of rock formations created by a meteor strike millions of years ago, make for the perfect formula of exciting, yet maneuverable rapids. Be aware the rapids are barely visible on the days when the water is particularly high. Also, know that large portions of flatwater exist regardless of the water level.

The Coosa features three major sets of shoals: River Falls, Moccasin Gap and Pipeline. Be sure to dock your kayak and enjoy the swings and hammock on the island after River Falls. The most well-known and largest of the three is Moccasin Gap (Class III rapid), however, which has a fantastic rock formation large enough to relax on and take a breather, as well.

Some of the best large spotted bass river fishing in the nation can be found on the Coosa, along with other healthy Alabama game fish like largemouth and redeye bass. You’ll want to park your rod close to the dam to make it most worth your while, but some wonderful fly fishing can also be experienced. 

Message or call Andy Shirey or Karen Williams for additional information.


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