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Healthy Rivers for All Georgians is Our Goal

Founded in 1998, Georgia River Network serves as the voice of Georgia's rivers and works to empower everyone to enjoy, connect with and advocate for economically vital and clean flowing rivers. We connect citizens to Georgia's rivers by providing fun, meaningful and educational water adventures. This is often where responsible river stewardship begins. We are also the only organization in Georgia that provides specialized water trail development assistance and closely monitors Georgia's water policies at a statewide level. Georgia River Network works for clean water in partnership with the Georgia Water Coalition by serving on its leadership team. You may also know us as the organizers of Paddle Georgia, the largest week long river trip of its kind in the nation, where we traverse down a different Georgia river each June. We also maintain the Georgia Water Trails Website, which is a one stop shop for all of the state's information pertaining to its water trails. Scroll down to see how Georgia River Network is protecting YOUR rivers!

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Come Socialize with Us!

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Brews, Boats & BBQ for Better Rivers 2016 


Join GRN February 28 for our 3rd annual kickoff paddle party at SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta featuring brewery tours and tastings, BBQ dinner, raffle, door prizes and silent and live auctions. To learn more and register, visit www.BBBB2016.eventbrite.com.

In connection with this event, we are raffling off TWO kayaks! You do not have to be present to win these. All proceeds will go to support our Engage, Empower, and Advocate programs. To view the kayaks and learn more, go HERE!

ENGAGE with Georgia's Rivers!

Paddle Georgia 2016: June 18-24

95 miles, 7 days, and 1 great time on the Oostanaula, Conasauga, and Coosa Rivers the week of June 18-24. Since the first Paddle Georgia in 2005, GRN has led more than 3,800 paddlers on week-long adventures on more than a dozen Georgia rivers, raising more than $280,000 for river protection in Georgia. This year we are partnering with Coosa River Basin Initiative to raise awareness and funds for the protection of these rivers. Join us! You will have fun and support river protection all at the same time. To learn more, go to http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia.

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Spring on the Satilla: April 2-3
 - GRN is partnering with Satilla Riverkeeper to raise awareness about this meandering Coastal Plain river and to raise funds to help protect it. This trip will include two days of paddling on 16 miles of the beautiful, blackwater Satilla River with camping along the banks of the river at Satilla Lodge, catered meals, educational programs and shuttle service. It is the perfect introduction to Georgia's winding coastal plan rivers with snow white sandbars, blackwater swamps and abundant wildlife. To learn more about this trip, go HERE

EMPOWER other River Groups!

Hidden Gems Paddling Series - GRN is working hard to help water trail groups across the state develop and promote their water trails. One of the many ways we do this is by highlighting Georgia's up and coming water trails through our Hidden Gems Paddling Series. We partner with local river groups, water trail groups, community groups, government agencies... you name it... and provide educational presentations to raise awareness and funds for each water trail we choose for our paddle series. Click here to learn more about our paddling series schedule for 2016. Special thanks to the Hike Inn for providing delicious lunches for our Hidden Gems series! Check them out at http://hike-inn.com

ADVOCATE for Clean Water in Georgia!

Capitol Conservation Day: February 17 - Registration is now open! Join us for a day at the Capitol to meet with YOUR legislators to talk about important water issues in Georgia. We will start the day with a free buffet breakfast at 8AM at Central Presbyterian Church across the street from the Capitol. After briefings on current water related legislation we will go across the street and meet with legislators. To find out more about this important event and to register, go HERE

GRN's River User's Guides

GRN's river user guides provide many little-known facts about Georgia’s rivers, bring to life these rivers’ cultural and natural history, and present river issues in an immersive and engaging manner that will inspire users to help protect their local waterways. 

Broad River User's Guide

book cover with shadowNewly released! This is the latest of Georgia River Network's river user's guidebooks. With this handbook, river explorers will find all the information needed to embark on a Broad River journey, including detailed maps, put in/take out suggestions, fishing and camping locations, mile-by-mile points of interest, and an illustrated natural history guide to help identify animals and plants commonly seen in and around the river. Click here to purchase and learn more.


 Chattahoochee River User's Guide

chatt book revisedThis guidebook is Georgia River Network's second river user's guidebook. Authored by Joe Cook, and in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the guide traces the 430-mile course of the Hooch from its headwaters at a spring on Coon Den Ridge near Jacks Knob in northeastern Georgia to its confluence with the Flint River, where they form the Apalachicola River. Click here to purchase and learn more.    


 Etowah River User's Guide

etowah book revisedThe first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” authored by Joe Cook and published in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative, is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper by the University of Georgia Press, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers, as well as fishermen.  Click here to purchase and learn more.

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Current River Issues
At Georgia River Network, we envision a clean water future for Georgia. Find out about the issues we're working on now to make this dream a reality. Learn about it here.
Water Trails
Our Water Trails Clearinghouse is designed to help you find great places to paddle in Georgia and also to give you the tools to create paddling opportunities in your community. Learn more here.
Paddle Georgia
Paddle Georgia is a 7 day trip on a different river each June. Be sure to sign up for the Paddle Georgia newsletter to stay in touch with the going on! Visit the official Paddle Georgia website or our YouTube channel to learn more.