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New kayak service planned

By Michael Butler

There has been a lot of talk about utilizing the Tallapoosa in Tallassee for recreational water activities over the years. Now a plan is being put together to make it a reality.

Owner Lee Patterson has already approached the Tallassee City Council about the waterfront venture which would include a kayak/canoe service. Patterson is also considering biking trails and a zipline. The kayak/canoe route would be downstream past the AES boat ramp to the Highway 229 bridge.

"That's to avoid the situation of the up river current," Patterson said. "It's going to be a full day adventure. We'll probably start at 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning with the idea that we'll run the river boat out in the middle of the day to check on everbody. We'll be taking out at 5:00 or 6:00 in the afternoon. We'll also run the river boat out at the that time to make sure that everybody makes it to the 229 bridge."

The business could open this year with about 15 kayaks. Plans are to have about 50 kayaks by next spring. A similar business out of Wetumpka that utilizes the Coosa River has worked the Tallapoosa as well.

"About three weeks ago we were on the river and there was probably close to 75 kayaks that they had brought down," Patterson noted.

Patterson, who also owns Patterson Air, said he would be wearing two hats once the business starts.

"Dave Metz and Jamie Thompson are looking at moving over into this 100 percent," Patterson said. Both work with Patterson with the heating and cooling business.

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