“Do the Coosa” with Coosa Outdoor Center. We rent canoes, kayaks and sit-on-tops at 172 River Road in Wetumpka, AL from mid-March to the end of October. Reservations may be made by calling 334 201-5510 or 334 567-3788.
Our put-in is located at the Jordan Dam East Boat Ramp between Jordan Dam and a 70-foot rock outcropping that some call the end of the Appalachian Mountains.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced paddler, young or more mature, you’ll have a great time “Doing the Coosa!” if you are physically in shape. The scenery on the Coosa is beautifully serene. One often has the opportunity to see osprey, eagles and great blue herons. The Coosa River is also the home of the Tulotomo Magnificent Snail which is an endangered species.
The first half mile of the river is moving flat water which is a great place to become familiar with your boat and comfortable with the water.
The rapids begin at River Falls with a number of Class I and II. The rapids are interspersed with pools of flat water. Class II/III Moccasin Gap is located about halfway down the whitewater stretch of the Coosa. The river center rock at Moccasin Gap is a great place to stop and swim, picnic with your family and watch the kayakers do their boating tricks.
There are numerous rapids following Moccasin Gap with the last rapid being Corn Creek Rapid. Corn Creek rapid is only a few hundred yards downstream from the large white house on river right (you’ll see a Lighthouse adjacent to the house). Just past the Corn Creek Rapid, you will need to move to left of river center to see our bright yellow “Coosa Outdoor Center Take-Out” banner. Do not approach the Highway 114 Bridge as you will need to paddle back up stream to reach our take-out. The take-out is at the mouth of a small stream on river left. If you go past the small wooden deck (river left) from which the large bright yellow banner with red lettering is hung, you will miss the take-out and you must turn around and paddle back 100 ft. There is a fee for pick-ups further down the river!