Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice 

With the summer heat settling in, now is the time to try rolling a kayak with our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. We're at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. Your first visit is free!   

Downtown Kayak Adventures for Aug. 10 & 11, 17 & 18

Our Downtown Kayak Adventures only run for three more weekends, so book your trip now! Get your kayaking on before school starts. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour Aug. 17
Bring your bicycle to Chickamauga Battlefield for this special guided interpretive tour on Sat., Aug. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. A National Park Service interpretive ranger will tell stories from the Battle of Chickamauga. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are welcome. Helmets are required for all riders. To borrow a bicycle, call the Battlefield Visitors Center at (706) 866-9241.

News

River Rocks Becomes RiverRox Games Oct. 2-13

The Chattanooga River Rocks Festival will change format for 2013, becoming the RiverRox Adventure Sports Games, happening Oct. 2-13. The focus of the 11 day event will be land and water based competitions to attract the world's best athletes. Included in the events are the Swim the Suck 10 Mile, Triple Crown Bouldering Comp, the Chattanooga Head Race and the Rock/Creek Stump Jump. 

Featured Community Event

Volunteer for the Tennessee River Rescue - 25th Anniversary Oct. 5

It's not too soon to think about volunteering your time to help with Chattanooga's signature outdoor stewardship event, the TN River Rescue, happening Sat., Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals, church groups, scouting troops and neighborhood associations can all register to help clean up a portion of the TN River watershed. This year's goal is to have 25 work zones, encompassing Bradley, Hamilton and Marion counties, to celebrate 25 years. To volunteer or sponsor, email the TN River Rescue or call Christine Bock at (423) 785-4024 or Nancy Brice at (423) 413-0700.  

Community Events

East TN River Valley Geotourism Conference Aug. 15 

Early Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

The E. TN River Valley Geotourism Council, National Geographic and the Southeast Watershed Forum will host the area's first Geotourism Conference at the Chattanooga Marriott on Thurs., Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guest speakers from the National Geographic Society, Austin-Lehman Adventures and regional tourism agencies like Outdoor Chattanooga, Outdoor Knoxville and Cooper Basin will share success stories and strategies for developing geotourism in the SE TN region. Cost is $75 if registered by Aug. 8, $95 after. Register Online. To learn more, email Jane Fowler or call (865) 450-5188.
  

Register for the Chattanooga Mud Run Aug. 17
Don't wait to register for the Chattanooga Mud Run to benefit Habitat for Humantiy on Aug. 17. Spots are filling fast! 

Saturday, Aug. 10

The Still Hollow Trail Race continues Rock/Creek's great trail running tradition at Enterprise South with a 1/2 marathon and 10K.  

The 40th running of the Missionary Ridge Road Race will raise funds for the American Red Cross and Team Bruner Scholarships.

The YMCA Strong Adventure Race  is cancelled for 2013. Keep your eye on the Camp Ocoee Website for future races.

Sunday, Aug. 11
The Cannonball Charge Triathlon is the only pool swim tri in the Chattanooga area and offers good courses for the beginner triathlete. 

Saturday, Aug. 17
L2Boards will host the Ocoee Classic SUP Race, at the Cherokee National Forest's Parksville Lake Beach. The race features beginner and elite courses. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The Lula Lake Land Trust has a new site. Learn about their open gate days and how they protect the Rock Creek watershed on Lookout Mtn.

Last Week's Web Hit

The new Dixie Cragger's Atlas is out. Volume One is devoted to Metro Chattanooga.  

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More Upcoming Events

August

31            Raft for the Cure 
 
September 
7               Paddle for the Cure 
                 Little Cedar Mountain Hike
                 Stringers Ridge Grand Opening
8               Iron Jr. Triathlon
14             Open Arms Care Ride to Provide
20            Park(ing) Day
                5K Costume Run and Family Fun Day
29            Komen Race for the Cure

October
2-13       RiverRox Adventure Sports Games
5            Tennessee River Rescue 
              Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
12          Swim the Suck
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31

November
2-3         Head of the Hooch
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race




Fishing Report From The TWRA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in many areas. Largemouth Bass: Some evening tournaments are being won along grass edges on the river. 20 plus pounds is winning ... (click for more)

Leading National Bird Group Challenges Army Corps Plan To Kill 16,000 Birds

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading national bird conservation organization, has raised multiple objections to assertions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their proposal to kill 16,000 cormorant birds on East Sand Island (ESI), in the Columbia River Estuary, as part of a plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids including salmon smolt by the birds.   The ... (click for more)

City, County Pull The Plug On Downtown Shooting Range

City and county officials have decided to keep the police firing range at Moccasin Bend rather than building an expensive new indoor facility at the former Farmers Market property. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Sheriff Jim Hammond and new Police Chief Fred Fletcher met recently and decided to "pull the plug" on the project. He said officers felt that the Moccasin Bend range ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)