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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. To view our 2015 accomplishments, go here! 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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                                    Read TESTIMONIALS about our Work!

We Support PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS along Water Trails through Practicing Proper RIVER ETIQUETTE

ENGAGE with Georgia's Rivers!


Georgia River Network is Excited to Announce our 2017 Event Line-up

Mark Your Calendars and stay tuned for more details!
  • Feb 12 Brews Boats and BBQ for Better Rivers - Our annual kickoff paddle party hosted by Sweetwater Brewery was a BIG SUCCESS! People mingled with one another and met GRN staff and board members, while enjoyingWThands up delicious food, live music and brews! Congratulations to Carlton Gober for winning the $1000 Gift Certificate and to Kelli Bailey for winning the Jackson Cruise Kayak. Big thanks to our sponsors Stormwater Systems and the Outside World. Check out the event photos here!
  • April 1-2 Spring on the Satilla - This 2 day paddling event will take place on the beautiful Satilla River this spring.
  • April 28-29 – Weekend for Rivers & GWC Spring Partner Meeting (Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge) - Our annual conference that provides an opportunity for all of Georgia's river lovers, recreationists and P1140716advocates to gather and network, learn from each other, and celebrate our state's glorious rivers!
  • May 20-21 – Little River Hidden Gem - This Hidden Gem will highlight this up-and-coming water trail for a weekend paddle/ camping trip within the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area.
  • June 17-23 – Paddle Georgia 2017 (Etowah River) - 400+ people attend this week-long paddle along a different river each year. The Etowah River will make for one of our best Paddle Georgia's yet!
  • Sep 14-15 – GRN Member Hike Inn Trip - This annual hiking trip in the Appalachian Mountains is a favorite for our P1010955members!
  • Oct 7-9 – Fall Float on the Flint - A not to miss 3 day paddling event taking place this fall with blue springs, cypress trees, and limestone caves!  Paddlers from all over the nation attend this fabulous event!  
  • Nov 11-12 –  St. Mary’s Hidden Gem - Our 2nd Hidden Gem of the year will feature the St. Mary's Water Trail with a paddle camping trip to Cumberland Island in late fall.

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Healthy Rivers Healthy You
Want to make Georgia’s rivers healthier while challenging yourself to do the same? You can! Join Georgia River Network’s Healthy Rivers, Healthy You fundraising challenge this summer to make an impact on our waterways, while becoming a healthier you! By participating in Healthy Rivers, Healthy You, you can strive to be healthier by joining challenges such as drinking more water, or even paddling on your local river!

Each challenge will incorporate self-health, while also educating participants about the health of our rivers, and what can be done to make sure they’re clean and beautiful! The money that each participant raises will go toward the efforts that Georgia River Network is making to encourage river health and people like you to get out and enjoy them! First place is a FREE registration for our next Hidden Gem Paddle on the Lower Oconee in September, with more prizes for the runner-up fundraisers! Check out the Healthy Rivers, Healthy You website to learn more about how you can become #riverhealthy.                                                    

EMPOWER other River Groups!

GRN provides intensive water trail development assistance in the areas of planning, funding, recreational opportunities, public information, community support, conservation, restoration, education, and trail maintenance, as well as general resources and guidance, to river groups throughout the state.
FRWT Meeting3In 2015, our intensive services were directed toward the development of the Satilla River and South River Water Trails. Other rivers assisted through this program include the Alapaha, Broad, Little Ohoopee, Ochlockonee, (Lower) Oconee, Middle & North Oconee, Whitewater Creek, and Yellow. This year we are providing intensive assistance for the development of the Flint River Water Trail. 
We also work hard to promote Georgia's developing water trails via our social media, Water Trails Newsletter, and Water Trails Website that has both a Clearinghouse of all established and developing water trails and a Toolkit for communities wanting to get a water trail started.
GA Water Trail Logo Web BoldAnother way we promote Water Trails is by highlighting these 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... to provide educational presentations during the paddles to raise awareness and funds for each water trail we choose for our paddle series. Click on the link to learn more about our 
Hidden Gems Paddling Series.

Georgia River Network's Online Store 

Check out our new online store to get some great Georgia River Network
merchandise! We have GRN apparel, River User's Guides, banners, and much 
more! Perfect gifts for the river lover in your life!
Our Latest Guidebook ~ Flint River User's Guide!
This is the latest of Georgia River Network's river user's guidebooks. The Flint River is arguably Georgia’s most beautiful river, and in terms of the terrain through which it flows on its 344-mile journey, there is not another Georgia river that exposes the river traveler to more diverse vistas.
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From the bottomland swamps in its headwaters, through soaring views of Pine Mountain and rapids in the Piedmont, to breathtakingly clear springs in the Coastal Plain, the Flint is filled with surprises at virtually every bend.

The Flint River User’s Guide, the fourth in a series of Georgia River Networks recreational guidebooks, is a portal to adventure on this spectacular river. The book brings to life the river’s cultural and natural heritage while providing all the details needed to get out on the river and enjoy it via canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or motorized vessel.

Features include an introduction and overview of the river, detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest, much more printed on waterproof paper.

Learn more about the Flint River User's Guide and order yours today!

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GRN is a member group of EarthShare of Georgia — a non-profit federation of over 60 Georgia non-profits, all of which work to educate, conserve, or protect our air, land, and water throughout Georgia.

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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.