Shootin' the Hooch and Other Summer Activities on the Chattahoochee River
A relaxing trip floating down the Chattahoochee River in a large inner tube is a favorite summer pastime in Atlanta. This activity is known as shootin’ the hooch. The activity has grown to include canoes, kayaks and rafts. Many Atlanta residents own tubes and rafts, therefore, the only cost is a three dollar fee for parking. There are several businesses that offer tube, kayak and canoe rentals, along with a shuttle service. Swimsuits, water shoes and sunscreen are recommended. While there are a few small rapids along the river, shootin’ the hooch is as different from riding white water rapids as night is from day. The following four opportunities are sure to persuade residents and nonresidents alike to enjoy the Chattahoochee.
- Chattahoochee River Race and Festival: Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, is host to the 13th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The eight mile race begins at 9 a.m. from Garrard Landing and ends at Riverside Park. Contestants may enter the race with a canoe, kayak, raft or stand-up paddle board. In addition to the race, organizers have scheduled musical entertainment. Vendors will be present displaying arts and crafts for sale.
- Shoot the Hooch Outfitters: Shoot the Hooch Outfitters is located at Azalea Park and provides visitors with the choice of a 1.5 mile trip leaving from Don White Memorial Park, a 3 mile trip starting at Island Ford or an 8 mile trip beginning at Garrard Landing. Participants must be at least five years of age. This outfitter offers canoe, kayak, raft and tube rentals and provides a shuttle service for patrons. Reservations are recommended during peak season.
- Ten Dollar River Tubing: Inner tube rentals are available in the Duluth section of Atlanta at a company with a unique name, Ten Dollar River Tubing. The company charges ten dollars for a two hour trip and fourteen dollars for longer trips. The company offers free parking and a shuttle service for tubing patrons. Participants are welcome to pack coolers with a picnic lunch, which may be placed in a second tube and linked to the tube of an adult member of the group. There are several parks along the banks of the Chattahoochee with picnic tables. Groups of 20 or more should call ahead for reservations.
- The Spirit of Roswell Riverboat: The Spirit of Roswell is available for charter and occasionally for public trips along the Chattahoochee. The Spirit of Roswell is a 63-foot-long authentic paddleboat featuring two decks. The boat is wired with a state of the art CD player and speakers or charters may prefer a live band. A southern gourmet dinner cruise is highly recommended. The paddleboat boards at Azalea Park.
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