Is it safe to travel on the river?

Depending on the section you paddle, the Etowah contains up to Class IV rapids. However, the largest rapids are limited to the “Etowah Falls” section of the river. Sections downstream of Etowah Falls do not exceed Class I in difficulty. All wilderness adventures come with inherent risks. Please review our safety guidelines before exploring the Etowah.

Where can I launch my boat?

This website provides locations where there is access to the river either through public boat launches, private launches open to the public or in the right-of-ways of public roads. Efforts are ongoing to create additional developed, public access points to the river. Please use care when parking along public roads and always be respectful of private property.

Can I camp along the river?

The Etowah Water Trail does not include designated campsites and is not intended as a long-distance, overnight water trail. However, camping is permitted on public lands in the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Dawson Forest, McGraw Ford and Allatoona Wildlife Management Areas, enabling you to create overnight paddle trips on some sections of the river. Additionally, there are some privately-owned campgrounds along the river. Camping is not permitted on private land without permission from the property owner.

Do any outfitters provide shuttle service and boat rentals?

Yes, there are several outfitters along the Etowah that provide shuttle services and boat rentals. Information about these businesses can be accessed on our Outfitters page.

Are there restroom facilities along the river?

No. In general, there are no public restrooms along the river. Some developed boat launches include portable toilets and where the river runs past local parks, restroom facilities are sometimes available. River users should be prepared to make their own arrangements and always practice no-trace ethics when disposing of human or pet waste. These ethics are outlined on the Leave No Trace website.