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Coosa River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: June 22, 2007
Nearest City: Wetumpka, AL
Difficulty: Easy

Description:

We tried this part of the Coosa River for the first time today. Even in drought conditions, the river was navigable and fun. Coosa River Adventures gave us a shuttle service to the Jordan Dam, for our sit-in kayaks.

There was plenty of calm water with the low flow and a few Class II and III rapids, even with the 2000 cfs flow (The Alabama Power has a minimum flow requirement varying from 2,000 to 10,000 cubit feet per second (cfs) depending on time of year). We did 7 miles in 3.5 hours with plenty of time for stops and re-running the rapids. Most of the others we noticed were enjoying the rapids on their sit-on-tops.

The wildlife was abundant on this sunny day. There were multiple Blue Heron and Geese with 2 Osprey and some very large fish jumping. I plan to take my fishing pole next trip.

Overall, it was a perfect half-day trip.
We may try paddling from the Dam to Ft. Toulouse Jackson Park for our next trip.

Resources:

www.coosariveradventures.com/

www.alabamapower.com/hydro/coosa.asp#Jordan-Bouldin

waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02411600


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