Etowah outfitters

Tubing, kayaking outfitter eyes Etowah in Canton

By Gary Tanner
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The Etowah River in Canton will be filled with tubers and kayakers this summer as Nomadic Flow Outfitters eyes the river, officials said Thursday.

The Canton City Council at its meeting Thursday night cleared the way for the company to start offering tubing and kayaking trips by granting them permission to place a couple of shipping containers at The Mill on Etowah, 141 Railroad St. to store their equipment. The company is based in Porterdale, which is east of Atlanta between Conyers and Oxford, and offers excursions on the Yellow River.

“Residents and visitors alike will have even more to do in Cherokee County this summer with the options of tubing and kayaking on the Etowah River," said Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Pam Carnes on Friday. "With so much to see and do in our community, you can spend the day on the river then enjoy the variety of shopping and dining experiences which make Cherokee a true destination."

Plans described to council members Thursday by Dana Cox of The Mill on Etowah would have customers parking at the mixed-use development and paying for their tube or kayak rentals at Reformation Brewery. Nomadic Outfitters staff would then bus tubers to Etowah River Park for a float back to The Mill on Etowah. Kayakers would be taken further upstream to put in near Ball Ground and take out at The Mill on Etowah.

Attempts to reach operators of Nomadic Flow on Friday were unsuccessful, but the company in social media posts confirmed it would be conducting float trips and selling paddling gear within Reformation starting during the brewery's grand opening of its location at The Mill on Etowah on Saturday. Weather permitting, floats were scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

The news follows work to clear what would have been a major impediment to recreational use of the river. In the last week of May, a contractor hired by the city removed a large mass of trees and other debris that had accumulated on a pier of the Waleska Street bridge over the Etowah. The work was completed by Whitsell LLC at a cost of $25,000, according to Scott Hooper, Canton director of public works.

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