Area canoers may now float the Conasauga River in style! Dalton Utilities and the Conasauga River Alliance have constructed two canoe launch sites along the Conasauga River in Dalton, GA. The Conasauga River Alliance (CRA) built their canoe launch behind the Beaverdale Superette, located on the river on Highway 2 at the Whitfield-Murray county line. Dalton Utilities’ canoe launch site is located on Lower Kings Bridge Road in Dawnville on the river at the Norton Bridge.
Before these two launch sites were constructed, the only single public access point for the river was located in a relatively isolated area within National Forest Boundaries.
The two river access points provided by Dalton Utilities and the CRA consist of canoe launches, parking areas, educational signage and completed clean water projects that demonstrate solutions to stormwater and erosion issues. The CRA site captures runoff from a parking lot and road, and directs the water into a small rain garden filled with wetland plants. In addition, this site displays a technique to stop riverbank erosion through stabilization practices. The Dalton Utilities site displays a technique for a pervious parking lot, which can support the weight of vehicles while allowing rainwater to percolate through instead of rushing off and contributing to soil erosion.
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