Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga-Rock/Creek Paddlesports Clinics & Demo Day June 21
Join us for a free day of SUP racing, kayak demo's, roll practice and other fun stuff at Harrison Bay State Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Schedule:
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Open Demo's and Paddling Clilnics
-Canoeing with Mohawk canoes
-Dragon Boating with Chattanooga Dragon Boat Club
-Kayak Fishing with Hobie
-Whitewater Kayaking with TVCC and Rapid Learning
-Flat water Kayaking with Outdoor Chattanooga
-Paddling Technique with Werner Paddles
-Layering for Paddling with NRS
-Paddle with your Pooch with Jackson Kayak
10:00 a.
m. - SUP Yoga with Waconda Bay SUP Yoga
10:00 a.m. - SUP 101 with L2Boards
11:30 a.m. - SUP Racing 101 with L2Boards 
1:00-3:00 p.m. - BIC SUP Sprint Races
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. -  Pint Night at Rock/Creek Paddlesports Outlet (Riverside Dr.) - suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Lula Lake Land Trust.

Sign up for all demo's and clinics at the Festival.

Keep an eye on the event Facebook Page or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 for more information!
 
More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice,June 18 & 25
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park every Wed. 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 Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
 
TN River Gorge Sunset Kayak Trip June 19 - 3 spots left!
Outdoor Chattanooga will host a leisurely kayak tour through one of the most spectacular sections of the TN River Gorge on Thurs., June 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.Spend a very pleasant couple of hours on the water, enjoying the evening breezes and beautiful scenery. Cost is $35 and includes equipment and guides. The trip is open to adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
 
TN River Pedal and Paddle June 20
Challenge yourself to a fun, scenic bicycle and kayak trip along and on the TN River. We'll ride the Bike Chattanooga bike share from Coolidge Park on the Riverwalk to the TN Riverpark, where we'll switch to kayaks and float back down stream to Outdoor Chattanooga. Cost is $35 per person and includes guides and all bicycling and kayaking equipment. Some bicycling and kayaking experience recommended. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
 
Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm June 22 & 29
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our regularly scheduled Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm, continuing every Sun. afternoon from 3-7 p.m., through  Adults and kids ages 5 and older can paddle for an hour on N. Chickamauga Creek for $10 per person. No reservations necessary. Just come and paddle! 
   
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour June 21
Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service will host a free history tour of Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., June 21, 9:30 a.m., beginning in the lower parking lot of the Battlefield Visitors Center, in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are invited to join the tour with their own bicycles, or riders 5' tall and over may borrow a bike from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet. To borrow a bicycle, call the visitors center at (706) 866-9241. All riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet. The tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Park and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga.
 
Sierra Club Meeting June 23 - Try Electric Bikes!
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Chapter will welcome Electric Bike Specialists to their monthly meeting, happening on Mon., June 23, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Learn about the fastest growing segment of the international bicycle industry and try some new models. The event is free and open to the public. 


Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic June 24

Adults and kids ages 8 and older can learn the basics of flat water kayaking at our first Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic of the season, happening Tues., June 24, 6-8 p.m., on Chickamauga Lake. Our professional instructors will teach how to get in and out of the boat, basic paddle strokes, adjusting the boat to fit you and how to get back in to the boat should you fall out while paddling. The clinic will be followed by a short group paddle within swimming distance of the shoreline. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Downtown Kayak Adventures June 28 & 29
Take a leisurely tour of downtown Chattanooga on the TN River on Sat. or Sun., June 28 or 29, at 9:30 a.m. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the gear, the guides and instruction for beginners ages 8 and older. Cost is $35 for adults and kids 14 and older, $25 for kids 8-13. Kids must paddle in tandem with an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.
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Featured Community Event  
Cerulean Warbler Coffee Tasting and Research Kickoff Tonight June 17
The TN River Gorge Trust will host akickoff party and coffee tasting for theirCerulean Warbler study this evening, Tues., June 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the Farmer's Daughter, 1211 Hixson Pk. The free event will launch the Trust's efforts to protect the warbler's breeding grounds in the river gorge. Bicycle to the event, be one of the first 20 people to arrive with a bike helmet and win a free bag of coffee.

More Community Events
Wilderness Survival: Knot Tying June 18
Kids ages 10 and up can learn knot tying and put their skills to the test building a rope bridge at this Wed. clinic at Cloudland Canyon State Park, beginning at 3 p.m.Cost is $10 per person (plus $5 parking fee) and includes materials. Learn more by calling 706-913-7170.
 
FahrvergNOOGA Kids Mtn. Bike Race June 22 
The TN Youth Mtn. Bike Race series will host the FahrvergNOOGA kids mtn. bike race on Sun., June 22, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Enterprise South Nature Park. Kids ages 17 and under can enter races that are designed for their age category. Register at any Chattanooga area bicycle shop or online. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

37th Annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show June 18-21
Cleveland, TN's Tri-State Exhibition Center will host the 37th Annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show Wed.-Sat., June 18-21. The show will feature reigning world champion Saddlebreds from Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana. Admission is $5. Kids 10 and under get in free. Proceeds benefit the Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center. Call 476-9310 for more information.

Learn to Standup Paddleboard (SUP) June 24
Learn the basics of Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) with the City of Chattanooga Aquatics Program on Tues., June 24, 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. at the Warner Park pool. The public can try SUP'ing under the supervision of a skilled instructor from Rock/Creek. Learn how to get up on the board, stay on the board and do some basic paddling maneuvers. Cost is $10 per session and pre registration is required. All equipment provided. Limit: 6 participants per session. To register, email Peggy Grall or call (423) 697-1385

Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail Grand Opening June 27
After 5 years and 60 miles of trail, the Lula Lake Land Trust is proud to celebrate the completion of the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail, which runs from Lula Lake to Cloudland Canyon State Park on top of Lookout Mtn. The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and grand openingon Fri., June 27, 11 a.m. at the state park. Bring mountain bikes and hiking boots to enjoy the trail after the ceremony.

Wilderness Survival Skills Hike June 27
Cloudland Canyon State Park will host a Wilderness Survival Skills hike on Fri., June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about food management, fire making, water purification, personal hygiene and more. Cost is $25 per person and box lunches will be provided. Learn more by calling 706-913-7170

News

Bicycle-Pedestrian Expressway Opens in Memphis
Our neighbors across the state in Memphis opened a new car free bicycle and pedestrian expressway that runs for one mile along the Mississippi River. The new corridor took an under utilized section of roadway and converted it as a connector to the Hanrahan pedestrian bridge project. See photos and learn more at People for Bikes.

More Upcoming Events

June

July
12          TYMBR Youth Mtn. Bike Race Series on Raccoon Mtn.
19          The Bunker Buster Youth Mtn. Bike Race
27-28      Raccoon Mtn. XC and Super-D Mtn. Bike Races
28-08/01 Kids Mountain Bike Camp at Enterprise South

August
9            Still Hollow Trail Race
              Missionary Ridge Road Race

September
13          Open Arms Care Ride to Provide
27          UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta
27-28     Skyhoundz World Disc Dog Championships
28          Ironman Chattanooga

October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

November
1           Upchuck 50K
             Head of the Hooch
15         Alzheimer's Association 5K Run to Remember

December
14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler

 


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