We left home at 7:30AM and arrived at the drop-off point just below Buford Dam at the Lower Pool Park at 8:45AM. Everyone was instructed to meet at the park before dividing up to caravan to the take-out point north of McGinnis Ferry Road. Passengers stayed with the boats and drivers drove to the take-out point. Since McGinnis Ferry Road is south of the put-in point and closer to home I left our vehicle there and hitched a ride with another paddler back to the Lower Pool Park. Other drivers hauled the rest of us back to the start. We had already driven over an hour to get there. The logistics of kayaking seem to center around coordinating the retrieval of either boats or vehicles. It's a small price to pay!
|Susan at Lower Pool Park below Buford Dam|
We hit the water at about 10:30AM just as the fog cleared from the river. The water temperature was somewhere around 50-degrees. It was cold! Fortunately, Susan and I ended up in the "drink".
The planned course would take us about 9-miles over a duration of about 4-hours, 3 1/2-hours not including breaks.
|Kayaks ready to to get wet|
|Susan is excited and ready to go|
|Paddlers line-up as they head down the river|
|Break-time as Ranger Jerry in the distance gives us some instructions|
|We stopped for lunch at the 5-mile point|
|Lunch-time on a rock outcrop|
|Susan made us some sandwiches|
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper guides came well prepared. One of them had a bag of home-made chocolate chip cookies, peach cobbler, and... wait for it... vanilla ice-cream that he freely shared. You can see the bowls of ice-cream and cobbler being passed out in the image below.
|Ranger Jerry on the left was the only canoe paddler|
|The rock outcrop had several small harbors|
|Susan and I at lunch rock|
Two paddlers were in OKU kayaks. They are made of corrugated plastic and fold into something about the size of a large suitcase. When set up they seemed robust and were obviously well thought-out.
|Two of the paddlers were in OKU Kayaks - they fold up|
The Chattahoochee River from Lower Pool Park to McGinnis Ferry Road was very clean and almost devoid of any trash. That's likely due to the groups frequent planned river cleanups. There were fisherman all along our route. I didn't see any fish from my kayak but several fisherman showed us their catch.
|The clear water - 2-feet deep here|
|Our group passes under Settles Bridge|
I wore a long-sleeve shirt over a short-sleeve shirt, kayaking shorts and my Tilley hat all day and only felt warm a few times later in the day. The cold air off the water felt good.
|Me in my kayak|
|The take-out at McGinnis Ferry Road|
|Folding up the OKU kayak|
The headwaters of the Flint River start at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Clayton County just a few miles north of where Susan and I live. It's a shame that it is the 2nd most endangered river in the USA after the Colorado River. Apparently there is a Flint Riverkeeper organization.
|I saw this Flint Riverkeeper sticker on another boat|
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Thanks for reading.