With plenty of flat water for beginners and enough white water runs for advanced paddlers, the Coosa River is truly a kayaking gem of the South.
What to Expect on Your Trip
During the weekdays, the flow is kept to minimal levels, usually around 2000 cubic feet per second. There are wide open channels that can be very easily paddled by the first timers, as well as Class II and III rapids to thrill the more advanced kayakers.
If you are a beginner it will give you a good taste of different things like holes and wave trains, while not frightening you with gut wrenching drops and.
Whitewater kayaking is not an expensive sport to take up, but it’s understandable if you don’t want to jump into the sport head first. It provides a fun activity in water as well as a great opportunity for exercise.
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This is the feature attraction of the Coosa River. It is known to be one of the southernmost Class III rapids in Alabama. The Gap is also the site of an annual kayak rodeo, a gathering of whitewater enthusiasts to share in the fun and camaraderie.
Where to Go
At Coosa River Adventures you can easily rent a kayak or buy one for a reasonable price. Canoes are also available for adventurers looking for a slightly different experience. Stand up paddle boards (SUPs) are also available to rent.
You are also provided with transportation to the place where you will launch the kayak and a set of life jackets. A typical kayak trip on the Coosa River will take around 3 to 4 hours.
Call ahead well in advance, as their schedule books fill up quickly during the summer months.
Kayak, Canoe, Sit On, or Stand Up?
A canoe is longer, wider, and more open to accommodate multiple paddlers, and to carry camping gear for overnight trips.
A sit in kayak is best suited for running rapids and day trips down the river. The shorter hull is better for maneuvering through the rocks and white water sections. You should be well versed in knowing how to roll yourself right side up should you flip over in the rapids.
A sit on top kayak do not require a special skill because the paddler is sitting at the top of the boat. A sit-on kayak is hollow and does not fill with water. It is very east to paddle and offers nearly unlimited opportunities for fun.
A stand up paddle board is like an overgrown surfboard. Its hull is designed for side to side stability to allow you to stand up and paddle your way down river. Of course feel free to kneel or sit on the SUPs through flat or whitewater conditions.
There you have it. Schedule your whitewater kayaking trip on the Coosa today, you won’t be sorry!