Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

National Bike to Work Day May 16
Join Chattanooga's cycling organizations, shops and supporters in celebrating National Bike to Work Day this Fri.
, May 16, from 7-9 a.m.at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza. Dozens of local businesses and organizations will be at Miller Plaza offering breakfast, prizes and lots of encouragement for cyclo-commuters.

Neighborhood Rides May 16
Try bicycling to work on a supported group ride from the neighborhoods of Red Bank, St. Elmo, Eastlake, the Southside, Highland Park/Ridgedale, N. Chattanooga and Hixson, via the TN Riverpark. Area bike shops will lead the rides, which start with an orientation at 6:30 a.m. and go to Miller Plaza for National Bike to Work Day. Visit Green Trips Chattanooga or email Green Trips for more information.
Bike to Lunch May 16
Don't have time to try biking to work? Bike to lunch instead. Restaurants downtown and in St. Elmo are offering 10% discounts for customers who show their bike helmet. No cheating! They'll be checking for bicycles, too. 

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Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, May 14 
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park this Wed., May 14, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m.Bring the whole family and learn the basic skills that you need to paddle the Chattanooga region's beautiful whitewater (and flat water) streams. Your first visit is free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Begin May 17 
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host our popular, historic bicycle tours of Chickamauga Battlefield beginning Sat., May 17, 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from the mobile bicycle fleet. Tours run the 3rd Sat. of each month through Oct.
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Learn to Row Classes Begin May 19 
The Lookout Rowing Club will host its fifth season of adult Learn to Row Classes with four, two week courses beginning on Mon., May 19. Each course will contain 10 classes, happening on evenings and Saturdays. Cost is $200 per person and the course fee may be put toward a membership in the club. All equipment will be provided. Students should be able to swim and should be prepared to wear snug fitting clothes and get wet. To learn more, email Diane Moore or call (423) 718-8685.
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Camp Jordan Canoe Trail Cleanup May 15-17 
The TN Valley Canoe Club will host a three day Camp Jordan Canoe Trail cleanup, on Chickamauga Creek in East Ridge, Thurs. - Sat., May 15-17. Volunteers on and off the water will be needed to clean up small debris and trash after a professional tree removal company clears big stuff. This is a significant step forward in bringing the creeks into the TN River Blueway. Shifts are available all three days. To learn more and sign up, email Jim Ledbetter.

U.S. Masters 2.4 Mile Open Water Swimming National Championship May 17
Open water swimmers from all over the country will challenge themselves on the TN River downtown this Sat., May 17, for the U.S. Masters 2.4 mile Open Water Swimming National Championship. Championship swimming heats will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Watch from the Walnut St. Bridge. Commercial and recreational boating will be prohibited on the course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More Community Events May 15-25

More Upcoming Events

7           National Trails Day
14          Chattanooga Rat Race
9            Still Hollow Trail Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
28          Ironman Chattanooga
28          UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Brown's Ferry Kayak Tour Aug. 2 The National Park Service will join Outdoor Chattanooga for a special historical tour of Brown's Ferry by kayak on Sat., Aug. 2, beginning at 9 a.m.  Paddle the TN River around Williams Island and the entrance to the TN River Gorge while an interpretive ranger from  Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ... (click for more)

Three Popular Waterfowl Hunting Areas Have New Regulations

Hunting regulations have been changed on Gooch Unit E, Meeman-Shelby State Park, and White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) Wildlife Management Areas.  The duck hunting on these areas, prior to the change, was on a first come first serve basis. There were not any established hunting sites and hunters could set up anywhere they wanted. This has created an overcrowded issue which ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)