Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

National Trails Day Paddle and Pedal at Camp Jordan June 7
Outdoor Chattanooga and the City of East Ridge will host a special Paddle and Pedal Day at Camp Jordan on Sat.
, June 7, with guided canoe trips leaving on the hour 1-4 p.m. Adults and kids ages 5 and older can paddle a canoe on the newly cleared section of W. Chickamauga Creek on the TN River Blueway. Cost is $10 per person for a one hour paddle. No reservations required. Cash and check only, please. Outdoor Chattanooga will also have our fleet of bicycles available for free, to ride around Camp Jordan and the S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, June 4
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park this Wed., June 4, 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
Downtown Sunset Kayak Tour June 5
Outdoor Chattanooga will host a special tour of downtown Chattanooga by kayak this Thurs., June 5, 7 p.m., launching from Coolidge Park. The beginner friendly trip will highlight downtown's natural features and spectacular bridges at sunset and twilight. Appropriate for adults and kids ages 8 and older when accompanied by an adult. Cost is $35 and includes all equipment and guides. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
Triathlon Transition Tactics Clinic June 5
The Chattanooga Track Club and Team Magic will host a free, public clinic on the tactics involved with transitioning during traithlons on Thurs., June 5, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Topics discussed will be bike checks, nutrition, shoes, equipment positioning and general do's and don'ts. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to smalecky@chattanoogatrackclub.org.  
Butterfly-Dragonfly Walk in Coolidge-Renaissance Parks June 7
Join naturalist and educator Bill Haley from the TN Aquarium on a butterfly-dragonfly hike in Coolidge and Renaissance Parks this Sat., June 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. The leisurely stroll will highlight not only these beautiful flying insects, but also the flowers that they love. No reservations are necessary.  
Downtown Kayak Adventures Begin June 7
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our Downtown Kayak Adventures every Sat. and Sun., mid-June through mid-Aug., beginning Sat., June 7, at 9 a.m. The beginner friendly trips launch from Coolidge Park and go around Audubon Island in the TN River. Cost is $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 8-13 (in tandem with an adult). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm Begins June 8
Outdoor Chattanooga will host regularly scheduled open canoeing sessions on Sun. afternoons, from 3-7 p.m. in June and July, beginning this Sun., June 8. 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! 
Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic June 10
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 10, 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.  

History Tour by Bicycle of Moccasin Bend June 12
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a free history tour of Moccasin Bend by Bicycle on Thurs., June 12, 6 p.m., beginning from Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from our snazzy urban cruiser fleet. The ride is appropriate for adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. Helmets are required.  To reserve a cruiser bike (riders 5' tall and over), email Outdoor Chattanooga or call(423) 643-6888

Full Moon Kayak Tour on Harrison Bay June 13
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a special moonlight kayak trip on Harrison Bay, Fri., June 13, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely tour of the bay's the islands and sloughs at sunset and by the light of the full moon. Cost is $35 per person and includes all equipment. The trip is appropriate for adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and some kayaking experience is helpful. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

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. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for schedule and details.
Featured Community Event  
Hike with your Dog at Enterprise South June 8
Demo special dog hiking gear and enjoy a special guided hike with your pup this Sun., June 8, beginning at 9 a.m., at Enterprise South Nature Park. No special gear or reservations are necessary, but leashes and poop bags are required and some fresh water for you and the dog is highly recommended.

More Community Events
Not Just Another Gorgeous Evening
with TN River Gorge Trust June 5
The TN River Gorge Trust will host their annual fundraiser at the Tennessee River Place, Thurs., June 5. The evening will include dinner, music, fine art and the beautiful gorge itself.  

Raccoon Mountain Trails Open June 7 
The public is invited to SORBA-Chattanooga's grand opening of the new Live Wire and High Voltage trails on the Raccoon Mtn. multi use trail system on Sat., June 7, 10 a.m., at Laurel Point. The two new trails add 8.5 miles to the now 30 mile trail system and connect the top of the mountain to the TVA boat launch at the bottom. The celebration will include a few brief remarks, followed by guided beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain bike rides and a cookout lunch. To learn more,email SORBA Chattanooga president Erik Rippon. 
National Trails Day Celebrations June 7
There are hikes, mountain biking, paddling trips and trail maintenance events happening all over the Chattanooga area in celebration of National Trails Day. Get off the couch and join one!  
TWRA Free Fishing Day June 7
The TN Wildlife Resources Agency invites all members of the public to fish without a license on Sat., June 7 and TWRA Region III will host a bunch of special events in honor of the day. Kids ages 15 and under may fish for free from June 7 - Fri., June 13. Kids 13 and under can fish for free at any time of the year.
Ride for Life, Be Good, Be Strong June 7
There's still time to participate in a 10 or 30 mile ride on Signal Mtn., to benefit cancer research, at the Ride for Life, Be Good, Be Strong
Intro to Standup Paddleboarding at Warner Park Begins June 10
The City of Chattanooga's Aquatics Program will offer Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding classes at Warner Park Pool on Tuesdays, June 10 and 24, and July 8 and 22, with two sessions: 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. The public can try SUP'ing under the supervision of an instructor from Rock/Creek. Cost is $10 per session. Pre-registration is required. Limit: 6 participants per session. To register, email Peggy Grall or call (423) 697-1385.

More Upcoming Events

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
15         Alzheimer's Association 5K Run to Remember

14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler


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)

Larry Schumacher Named Chief Executive Officer Of CHI Memorial

The board of directors of CHI Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have chosen Larry Schumacher as the chief executive officer (CEO) of CHI Memorial effective Jan. 4, 2016 . Mr. Schumacher comes to CHI Memorial from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois where he served as system chief operating officer for the past eight years.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Under Flood Watch Through Wednesday

With a steady rain set to continue through Wednesday, Chattanooga is under a flood watch. Over four inches of rain are expected in some areas. Here is the advisory from the National Weather Service: ...LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS EAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... .THE COMBINATION OF DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE AND A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL ... (click for more)

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

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)