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UGA Press book provides a tour of Etowah

Etowah River User’s Guide
By Joe Cook
UGA Press

From its headwaters on the southern slope of the Tennessee Valley divide near Dahlonega to its confluence with the Oostanaula River in Rome, the Etowah is a river full of surprises.

Paddle over Native American fish weirs and past the Etowah Indian Mounds.

See the quarter-mile tunnel created to divert the Etowah during Georgia’s gold rush and the pilings from antebellum bridges burned in the Civil War.

Etowah River User’s Guide offers all the information needed for even novice paddlers to feel comfortable jumping in a boat and heading downstream.

The guide includes detailed, accurate maps, river flow information, points of interest and an illustrated natural history guide.

Written by Joe Cook, executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, the guide includes a fishing primer that offers tips on the native fish.

Along the way, river explorers will come to understand the threats facing the river, and the guide offers suggestions for how to take action.

The book also includes notes on safety and boating etiquette.