Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Monday, July 2, 2018

Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Paddle
Sunday, July 8 | 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers about one hour north of Chattanooga.
Cost: $45 per person - includes guides, equipment, and transportation from Greenway Farm or meet in Dayton. Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited.

Kayak the Tennessee River Gorge
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour down the gorgeous Tennessee River Gorge.Cost: $45 per person - includes guides, equipment, and transportation to and from the river. Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited.

Dam Sunset Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 14 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour on the Tennessee River and the unforgettable experience of locking down through the Chickamauga Dam. Cost: $35 per person - includes all paddling equipment, guides, and transportation. Registration and payment required in advance as space is limited. Some kayaking experience helpful, but not required to participate. Ages 14+ with participating adult.

Paddle Smart - Intro to Paddling
Wednesday, July 18+ 25 |6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Do you have your own kayak, but lack the confidence to explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways? BYO-Boat (kayak, SUP, or canoe) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an intro to flatwater paddling class that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways!Cost: $10 per person. This class is designed for participants who have and bring their own equipment. Location: Chester Frost County Park. Pre-Registration is required. Class size is limited.

Battlefield Bike Tour
Saturday, July 21 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely-pacedbicycle tour on the Chickamauga Battlefieldwith the National Park Serviceand Outdoor Chattanooga. Bicycles are available at no charge with reservation; contact the Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 to reserve. Or bring your own. Ages 6+ (no training wheels please). Cost: Free. Helmets required for all riders.
Family Funday at Greenway
Sunday, July 22+ 29 |4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic and load up the whole family to enjoy a full day of activity at Greenway Farms City Park. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide equipment for families to try archery or take a self guided hike. Canoes can be rented for $25 to explore the creek. All other activities are free. Appropriate for ages 5+.

Community Events
Raft 4 Freedom
Wednesday, July 4 | 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tennessee State Parks, Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, and all 24 Ocoee River Rafting Outfitters want to thank our military for their service! OnJuly 4th, any veteran or active military member will receive a free ride on the river with any Ocoee outfitter! Call an outfitter through July 1st to reserve your spot. You have taken care of us, let them take care of you!

BOTE Demo Days at L2
Wednesday, July 4+ 18 |6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cool off this summer during a BOTE Demo day withL2 Outside
! They'll let you try out some stylish BOTE SUP boards so you can discover which one works best for you, your unique riding style, body type, and personal needs.Demo days are kid and pet friendly, but all children under age 12 must be on a craft with an adult. No RSVP needed, first come first served.

Greenway Farms Dog Walk
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Load up your favorite furry friends and bring them to Greenway Farms for a mile-long walkwith North Chick Creek Conservancy. There will be plenty of places for Fido to swim, play and mingle with other pups. No need to register. Please be sure to bring a leash.

Nature of Art: Swimming in Art
Saturday, July 21 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Swim through art (and the Tennessee River) onSaturday July 21as part of "Nature of Art", a monthly series presented by Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Each event involves an active outdoor experience along with a visual art connection.Open water swimming experience recommended for this event.

Looking Ahead...Upcoming Events

Early Teal Season Opens Sept. 8 In Georgia

Early teal season is the first opportunity of the year for waterfowl hunters to get out in the field, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This year, early teal season is  Sept. 8-23,  with a daily limit of six teal.    “Scouting is very important during early teal season,” said State Waterfowl Biologist ... (click for more)

Squirrel Season Opens Aug. 15 In Georgia

Squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the sport of hunting, and the first opportunity of the year to start replenishing that meat in the freezer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing ... (click for more)

NAACP Wants Answers On Snafu That Caused 43 Ballots Not To Be Counted In Recent Hamilton County Election

Officials of the NAACP said they have "grave concerns" about an election snafu in Hamilton County that left the ballots of 43 voters uncounted in the Aug. 2 election. The group said there has been little information given on the complex problem involving an earlier shift in voter lines. They have written a letter to Mark Goins, state election coordinator, and Kerry Steelman, ... (click for more)

Hearing Delay On Suit Brought By State Democrats To Keep Robin Smith Off Ballot

A hearing has been delayed on a lawsuit brought by the Tennessee Democratic Party seeking to keep Republican Robin Smith off the ballot in House District 26. Ms. Smith was the only candidate after longtime Rep. Gerald McCormick abruptly announced he was leaving his post to move to Nashville. Chancellor Jeff Atherton on Monday afternoon said he could not take the case until ... (click for more)

Make One Of The Proposed Surplus City Buildings Into A Local History Museum - And Response

The city of Chattanooga currently has no history center or museum. That is because several years ago it was conveyed to the public, in the blinking of an eye, that $9 million that had been raised mysteriously vanished for reasons unexplainable to this date. In the meantime, valuable artifacts and collections are sitting in cellars, basements and storage facilities instead of being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: No Cell Phones Allowed

There was a time, not so long ago, when school-aged children would learn lessons from a prescribed text, such as a textbook. Today texting is far, far different and, as any of our teachers will tell us, cell phones have become the scourge of education. In almost every classroom, kids will silently text in the shadow of the desk in front of them rather than focus on the lesson. Yet ... (click for more)