#Arthur put a bit of a wrench in our plans to fly to Shelter Island in New York for the 4th of July, so we were on a mission to make the most of the weekend. First order of business: finding a water source for my “water baby” of a husband. After a disastrous attempt on the 4th at shooting the hooch (that’s Atl-lingo for floating down the Chattahoochee River in tubes) with Louie (more on that to come) we needed a more relaxed setting for day 2.
Following a yummy BBQ lunch at Heirloom BBQ on Saturday, we met my sister and her fiancé for an afternoon with the pups at the doggie beach, aka Whitewater Creek Park. Armed with beach chairs and floats, we set up shop on the “beach” right along the bank of the river. The beach is mostly sand and stones so chairs were vital! Dogs aren’t technically allowed off-leash, but most people didn’t abide by that rule until the park ranger made a brief appearance. There were tons of dogs and people just running around and splashing in the water and watching the tubers trying to avoid the rocks while floating down the river. #beentheredonethat
The dogs had the time of their lives! Louie got over his fear of the water and even swam for a bit (with a little push from his parents of course).
The river actually has a bit of a current, so you can’t just float like in a lake, but we managed to situate our floats on a bed of rocks and it was pleasantly refreshing to chill in the water.
Flynn, Gary and Brian ventured out into the river, but I stayed back to enjoy the view. No sandy bottom on this river! And my rubber flip flops were not the best choice of footwear to be walking across any rocks.
I see more trips to the doggie beach this summer in our future!
A couple things to know before you go:
- You sort of have to wing it with getting there because “Whitewater Creek Trail” isn’t easy to find on Google maps. Here are the coordinates we used to find it: 33 52’40.0”N 84 26’31.1”W. If you find yourself driving through a SUPER NICE neighborhood off of Northside Drive, you’re probably in the right place.
- Plan to keep your dog on a leash (at least while the park ranger is around) or you may be at risk for getting a ticket.
- Pack chairs – trust me, you don’t want to sit on the ground there…
- Pack a cooler – there isn’t much around those parts, so come prepared with all your food and beverages. Don’t forget a bowl and water for the doggies! [Side note, we did bring canned beer, and didn’t have any issues, I wouldn’t bring glass though, just sayin’.]
- Bring floats and rope if you have them so you can tie up on the river rocks.
- Grab extra towels – you do not want a wet, muddy dog tracking dirt in your car after they’ve been in the river all day.