Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water. Don’t know how to canoe? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered June 21, 2014 and again on July 19, 2014.
The canoeing basics program takes place at Charlie Elliott, one of seven regional education centers operated by DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, will give participants the chance to learn the fundamentals of canoeing, paddling, safety, rescue and gear. Canoes, paddles and a life vest will be provided. Attendees should bring a lunch, sunscreen and water and be prepared to get wet.
Fee for the Basic Canoeing class is $20 a person. Preregistration is required (770-784-3059). Participants should be 10 or older. The class will initially meet at the Visitors Center before proceeding to the designated lake.
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, named for the first director of what is now the Wildlife Resources Division, offers outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, shooting and birding along with educational programs and a conference center, banquet hall and hotel-styled lodging, all within an hour’s drive of Atlanta. The 6,400 acres include Marben Public Fishing Area and Clybel Wildlife Management Area.
The Center is located near Mansfield (543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield 30055), less than an hour southeast of Atlanta off Interstate 20.
For more information, visit, www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott or call (770) 784-3059.