Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Monday, July 2, 2018

Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Paddle
Sunday, July 8 | 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers about one hour north of Chattanooga.
Cost: $45 per person - includes guides, equipment, and transportation from Greenway Farm or meet in Dayton. Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited.

Kayak the Tennessee River Gorge
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour down the gorgeous Tennessee River Gorge.Cost: $45 per person - includes guides, equipment, and transportation to and from the river. Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited.

Dam Sunset Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 14 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour on the Tennessee River and the unforgettable experience of locking down through the Chickamauga Dam. Cost: $35 per person - includes all paddling equipment, guides, and transportation. Registration and payment required in advance as space is limited. Some kayaking experience helpful, but not required to participate. Ages 14+ with participating adult.

Paddle Smart - Intro to Paddling
Wednesday, July 18+ 25 |6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Do you have your own kayak, but lack the confidence to explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways? BYO-Boat (kayak, SUP, or canoe) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an intro to flatwater paddling class that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways!Cost: $10 per person. This class is designed for participants who have and bring their own equipment. Location: Chester Frost County Park. Pre-Registration is required. Class size is limited.

Battlefield Bike Tour
Saturday, July 21 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely-pacedbicycle tour on the Chickamauga Battlefieldwith the National Park Serviceand Outdoor Chattanooga. Bicycles are available at no charge with reservation; contact the Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 to reserve. Or bring your own. Ages 6+ (no training wheels please). Cost: Free. Helmets required for all riders.
Family Funday at Greenway
Sunday, July 22+ 29 |4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic and load up the whole family to enjoy a full day of activity at Greenway Farms City Park. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide equipment for families to try archery or take a self guided hike. Canoes can be rented for $25 to explore the creek. All other activities are free. Appropriate for ages 5+.

Community Events
Raft 4 Freedom
Wednesday, July 4 | 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tennessee State Parks, Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, and all 24 Ocoee River Rafting Outfitters want to thank our military for their service! OnJuly 4th, any veteran or active military member will receive a free ride on the river with any Ocoee outfitter! Call an outfitter through July 1st to reserve your spot. You have taken care of us, let them take care of you!

BOTE Demo Days at L2
Wednesday, July 4+ 18 |6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cool off this summer during a BOTE Demo day withL2 Outside
! They'll let you try out some stylish BOTE SUP boards so you can discover which one works best for you, your unique riding style, body type, and personal needs.Demo days are kid and pet friendly, but all children under age 12 must be on a craft with an adult. No RSVP needed, first come first served.

Greenway Farms Dog Walk
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Load up your favorite furry friends and bring them to Greenway Farms for a mile-long walkwith North Chick Creek Conservancy. There will be plenty of places for Fido to swim, play and mingle with other pups. No need to register. Please be sure to bring a leash.

Nature of Art: Swimming in Art
Saturday, July 21 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Swim through art (and the Tennessee River) onSaturday July 21as part of "Nature of Art", a monthly series presented by Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Each event involves an active outdoor experience along with a visual art connection.Open water swimming experience recommended for this event.

Looking Ahead...Upcoming Events

Research Continues To Be Conducted On Pygmy Rattlesnakes In Tennessee

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is once again assisting wildlife biologists at Tennessee State University in research to determine the distribution of pygmy rattlesnakes in Tennessee. The pygmy rattlesnake is listed as a threatened species in Tennessee and the research will help in conservation efforts to preserve the species in the state. Native to Tennessee, pygmy ... (click for more)

Permit Drawing For Sandhill Crane Hunt Aug. 11; Any Leftover Permits To Go Statewide Draw

A hand-held permit drawing for the sixth sandhill crane hunt in Tennessee will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Rhea County High School in Evensville. Tags at this draw are valid only for use in the Southeast Crane Zone. This will mark the first time that the draw will be held at Rhea County High. The previous draws were held at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton ... (click for more)

Juvenile Girl Shot On Doolittle Street Early Sunday Morning

A juvenile girl was shot early Sunday morning on Doolittle Street. Chattanooga Police responded at approximately 12:55 a.m. on to a person shot on the 2500 block of Doolittle Street.   Police were able to make contact with the victim at a local hospital where she was suffering from a critical, but non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a ... (click for more)

A Jury For 2nd Time Convicts Randall Reed Of Murdering 70-Year-Old Woman In 2011

A jury for the second time has convicted Randall Reed of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 70-year-old Jane Stokes in East Ridge. The verdict was returned in the courtroom of Judge Tom Greenholtz’s on Friday. The earlier verdict had been thrown out by an appeals court. Reed testified in his own behalf. The victim was murdered in her home during a robbery in 2011. ... (click for more)

Just Recuse Yourself

Pam Fleenor, have you ever heard the terms “conflict of interest” or “appearance of impropriety”? It’s a foregone conclusion that Robin Smith will be victorious in Chancellor Fleenor’s courtroom. Here’s another term you may want to re-examine, recuse yourself.   Rusty Munger (click for more)

Not My University: Why I’m Not Okay With Mike Pence Coming To Lee University - And Response (6)

As a student of Lee University, who is well-aware of the Lee administration’s more conservative stance in politics, I am upset about Mike Pence visiting the university and being welcomed on our campus. Although I respect that Pence is in a position of authority as our nation’s Vice President, and that he likewise deserves the right to hold his own opinions in regards to the issues ... (click for more)