About This Float
This 7-mile river excursion is definitely our most popular float trip along the Etowah River, and travels through plantation row where before the Civil War, several plantation homes lined the Etowah. Today only the beautifully historical Valley View still remains. This scenic river route is primarily peaceful and is mostly rural because it passes by Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, which is one of the largest land owners in Bartow County. You will also encounter two Native American fish weirs, and two naturally shallow areas on this journey. Some residential riverfront homes are also along the way, but not until you enter the city limits of Euharlee. The half-way marker is an old Sonic picnic table that sits in the left side of the river that is a favorite stopping place for snacks, beverages, and memories. As you continue to travel downstream on river left, you will encounter the Georgia Power intake station, this is where plant Bowen gets the water that is used for the cooling towers, adjacent to that is the "hot tub," where the warm water is returned to the river once it passes thru the cooling towers and a water filtering system. From there, you will travel under Old Milam Bridge, which nowadays is just an old iron skeleton of a bridge structure, and just downstream of this you will float through the confluence of the Etowah and our name sake, Euharlee Creek.
This river adventure will conclude on your river right at the Euharlee Bridge launch ramp just before the Cement Bridge.