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Outdoor Adventure Club Runs the Rapids

By Nathan Elliott

OUR AREA IS full of so many outdoor adventures for Savannah Lakes residents to explore and enjoy! The Outdoor Adventure Club recently took advantage of one of those resources by driving a short hour and fifteen minutes to Bowman, Georgia. Nestled in the rolling foothills, the Broad River offers a great beginner experience to kayaking in whitewater. There are two outfitters along this section of river who will provide you with a kayak, paddle, PFD, and shuttle service for a very reasonable price.
 On June 14, thirteen brave souls, of all different levels of experience, took the journey down the river for a full day of fun including a lunch break on a rocky shoal. We all got sufficiently wet, which was a great bonus on a warm summer day. Everyone learned a lot about how to “read the river,” maneuver our kayaks around rocks and into currents, and how to handle falling out of your vessel. Participants left with a badge of honor for jumping in paddle first, and running the river. Several plan on returning to give it another go and bring family and friends. 
This is an excellent trip to take visitors of all ages on a real adventure. Be sure to check with the outfitters on the water levels before you make the trip. Levels can fluctuate greatly with rain amounts and can make the river go from being unable to navigate at all in late summer, to rising up into Class III and IV rapids in the early spring. The Broad river in Georgia eventually empties into Lake Thurmond just below the Lake Russell Dam on the northern end of our lake. Early June seems to be the best time to hit the water at just the right level and temperature, but with all the recent rain that has begun to recharge our reservoir, the whitewater season may extend longer this year. Check it out. 
If you discover a local adventure that you would like to share, the Outdoor Adventure Club is always looking for new outings to add into our calendar of events.

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