Georgia Canoe & Kayak Clubs
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A loose knit association of people who enjoy flatwater or coastal
kayaking (or canoeing) joined together for the purpose of planning trips,
sharing information and photos, etc. No dues, no meetings...just getting
together to have some fun on the water whether it be Alabama, Georgia or
Georgia Canoeing Association
GCA is a member-operated paddling club with over 800 family and
corporate memberships comprising more than 2000 individuals. Canoeists and
Kayakers of all ages and paddling abilities are equally welcome. Some of
our mutual interests include whitewater river running, creeking and
playboating, river and lake touring, sea kayaking, paddle camp outs and
competition and racing activities.
We espouse conservation, environmental and river access
issues as well as boating safety and skills development. Group paddling,
training and social activities of all kinds are conducted throughout the
year thanks to the volunteer efforts of our many members and friends.
Membership is NOT limited to Georgia residents.
The Happy Yakker
Southeast Georgia Rivers. Flatwater. Year-Round. Free
Outdoor Club South -
Outdoor Club South -
OUTDOOR CLUB SOUTH is the largest, most active & fun outdoor
club in the South! Our members love to hike, bike, & paddle
throughout the beautiful South and beyond. Our members are fun,
friendly, and active! We have a wide variety of events for all
ages and experience levels. Are you ready to explore the
beautiful South and make new friends? Join Us on an outdoor
Scenic Rivers Association
The Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA)
is a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and
restoration of the scenic, free-flowing rivers of our state. Based in Nashville,
Tennessee, the organization has approximately 1,000 members across the state and
In June 1966, two friends, Robert Miller and Tony Statler, were
floating the Collins River, fishing for trout. They had heard about the Corps of
Engineers' plans to channelize the river and said to each other, "We can't let
this happen." In September, a group, including Miller, Statler, Don Bodley, Bill
Griswold, Bill Mitchum and Bill and Lee Russell (of Tennessee Citizens for
Wilderness Planning [TCWP]) gathered at Blakemore Methodist Church in Nashville
and formed the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association.
The group's initial objective was to protect rivers. Together with
TCWP, TSRA campaigned hard for state and national scenic rivers legislation. In
fact Tennessee's Scenic Rivers Act of 1969 was the first such comprehensive act
in the nation. National scenic rivers legislation followed a year later, and
rivers like the Obed and the Big South Fork received national scenic status.
The group began floating rivers like the Collins and Buffalo. Other
group trips followed, and eventually paddlers got the urge for whitewater. Dick
Wooten remembers an early trip on Spring Creek. Describing it as "a debacle,"
Wooten declined to name names or provide any further details.
This led to club members seeking out training in canoeing. In 1970
the club offered its first school, one of the first such training events in the
United States. This desire to nurture paddling skills eventually grew into the
instruction program TSRA offers today.
TSRA remains active in conservation issues, joining with other
groups to combat threats to rivers like Dry Fork near Spencer and threats to
entire watershed areas posed by practices like mountain top removal coal mining.
Our members "adopt" streams to monitor health, and we conduct cleanups on rivers
and streams. We enjoy club-sponsored trips year-round and offer instruction in
sea kayak, whitewater canoe, C-1 and kayak, as well as self rescue, swiftwater
rescue, CPR, trip leader seminar and Wilderness First Aid.
But most of all, we enjoy the friendships we form around the issues
that unite us, the rivers we enjoy and the sport that keeps us young. Come
paddle with us.
Traveling to the
Georgia Coast? Visit the
Coastal Travel Guide for information and directions to
Georgia Boat Ramps & Fishing Piers and more.