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

VIDEO: Paddlers At Chattajack

Paddlers were on the water early at Chattajack at Ross's Landing.  Chattajack is set apart from similar races by its length. Its distance calls for athletes who have committed to their training and to their pursuit of endurance. The course is one that requires preparation, but is always a fun, rewarding experience. Chattajack is comprised of a community of people who ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Named 2016 Government Recycler Of The Year

Tennessee State Parks was named the 2016 Government Recycler of the Year at the Tennessee Recycling Coalition’s annual banquet on Oct. 17 in Oak Ridge. In 2015, Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Sustainable Practices launched the “Go Green With Us” initiative. The program encourages park staff and visitors ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)