Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Events:

Kayak Adventure Changes for July 13 & 14

We have cancelled our Downtown Kayak Adventure for this coming Sat.

, July 13, due to exceedingly high current on the TN River. Our July 14 trip will happen above Chickamauga Dam, around the islands of Harrison Bay, at 9 a.m., beginning at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Web Hit(s) of the Week
Go to the Tennessee Valley Authority's Reservoir Information page to check water levels. Watch this amazing WRCB-TV video of a swiftwater rescue on the Piney River lto see what could happen if you don't pay attention.

Last Week's Web Hit

Green Trips is here!

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events and Activities 

Rapid Learning Resumes July 10

Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly roll practices this Wed., July 10, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m., at Chester Frost County Park. Come learn the basic skills that you need to start whitewater kayaking. Your first visit is free. All equipment and instruction included.  

Magnificent Raptors: a Free Presentation July 20

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will present Magnificent Raptors, a free family presentation on Sat., July 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Bring the whole family to learn about our regional birds of prey and meet a few of the locals. It's free. Email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 to learn more.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour July 20

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a special interpretive tour by bicycle of Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., July 20, 9:30 a.m., beginning at the Battlefield Visitors Center in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are welcome to join the leisurely tour. Bring your own bicycle or borrow one from the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga's Mobile Bicycle Fleet. Call (706) 866-9241 to borrow a bike. To learn more about the tour, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Community Events and Activities 

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon July 14

The Chattanooga Track Club and Team Magic partner to produce one of the best triathlons in the U.S. at the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on Sun., July 14, beginning at 7 a.m. Spectators can best watch the swimming, cycling and running action from the Walnut St. Bridge or Ross' Landing.

Learn To Row Clinic July 15-27

The Lookout Rowing Club will host a 10 day Learn to Row Clinic beginning Mon., July 15 and ending Sat., July 27. Students will learn all the basic beginner skills in two hour sessions, evenings during the week, mornings on the weekends. Cost is $200 and includes all equipment, instruction and class fee goes towards a year's membership in the club. To register or learn more, email Diane Moore or call (423) 718-8685

Mountain Bike Camp at Enterprise South July 15-19
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will host a mountain biking camp for kids ages 9-15, Mon. - Fri., July 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Enterprise South Nature Park. Kids will learn basic singletrack mountain biking skills on the Nature Park's trails. Cost is $90 for the week and all participants must have their own bike (preferably a mountain bike) and helmet, and bring their own lunches. All participating kids should be able to comfortably ride a bicycle without training wheels or other assistance. Preregistration is required. Call the Parks and Recreation programming office at (423) 842-6748 to register. 

More Upcoming Events


             YMCA Strong Adventure Race
11         Cannonball Charge
17         Chattanooga Mud Run
31         Raft for the Cure 


7           Paddle for the Cure 
8           Iron Jr. Triathlon

4-12       River Rocks Chattanooga
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
20          7 Bridges Marathon

2-3         Head of the Hooch

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Woman, 61, Charged in Chattanooga With Promoting Prostitution After TBI Human Trafficking Probe

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Human Trafficking Unit and deputies with the Madison County, Ala., Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Chattanooga woman on a charge of promoting prostitution. As the result of an ongoing two-year Human Trafficking investigation, TBI Special Agents, with the assistance of the ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Republican Predictions Were Right That “Obamacare Was Historic Mistake”

Five and a half years after the White House health care summit at Blair House, Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Tuesday spoke on the Senate floor to discuss what he said Republicans warned the president would happen if Obamacare became law – and to outline what this “historic mistake” of a law looks like for millions of Americans today. Senator Alexander ... (click for more)

City Council, Please Reconsider On The 7-Story Apartment Variance - And Response

I would like to thank the Regional Planning Commission and the Regional Planning Agency   for denying the recent application for a variance from the current zoning requirements in place for the 1200 block of Cowart Street. The developers want to build a 7-story parking deck with 141 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments wrapped around three sides in an area with a 48' height ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In December

As the fallen leaves confirm today is the first of December, my monthly walk in life’s garden is more foggy than fun. In much-older times, good children would get a piece of candy on Christmas Day while bad ones would receive a lump of coal. So here are some things that deserve a helping of both: A PIECE OF CANDY to the amazingly few who can spy a nest of mistletoe high in area ... (click for more)