Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia
Cost: $50 for adults, $15 for kids, $25 for students or for those who have never participated in Weekend for Rivers before. Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, shuttles for Sunday paddle on the Chattahoochee River and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. Participants will need to pack their own lunch for the river on Sunday. No daily rate will be offered, but tickets to the party for those who are not registered for the weekend can be purchased for $25/ticket.If you are participating in the Mini-Paddle Georgia, please fill out a liability waiver for each ADULT and CHILD paddling with us that day. Plase fill out a waiver and mail it to Georgia River Network, 126 S. Milledge Ave, Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605.
Thanks to everyone who made Weekend for Rivers 2013 a success! To view some of the presentations from the event, click here!
Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!
Join us April 6th for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds expressing their passion for rivers with inspiring presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy and honor them.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center or participate in a fun field trip: test out a kayak, participate in a meditation exercise or even try your luck in our Chattahoochee Nature Center scavenger hunt!
In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (indoor and outdoor camping will be available, Paddle Georgia-style--OR you can just get a hotel room). The next morning, we'll wake up and paddle a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River! The experience will be as close to the real thing as possible (right down to the bus shuttles, the gym camping and the Satterfield’s catering) for the uninitiated as well as for all you Paddle Georgia fanatics who regularly plead with us to plan more than one event each year. Thanks go to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who lead popular trips and events on the ‘Hooch all the time, in supporting us on the paddle.
The River Cafe Conversations bring together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore questions that matter in intimate "cafe style" conversations. At tables of 4-6 people, we'll set the space for you to do your most creative thinking, speaking and listening; taking a deep dive into several thought-provoking questions that have real consequences for the river movement.
In these open dialogues everyone's contribution matters because we know that ideas and passion can emerge from the most surprising places. You'll move between tables and conversations, meeting new people who will actively challenge your thinking, perhaps sparking an entirely new insight and connection. By sharing our discoveries, we'll harvest the wisdom of the group and find new ways to tackle the issues that matter the most to us who love rivers.
4:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center pond
Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will be showing off all kinds of boats on the Chattahoochee Nature Center pond. You can stop by and try one out! Or even buy one!
Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
4:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Meet Ani Popp in front of the CNC Discovery Center for your mysterious instructions!
Join us for a wild goose chase around the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Hunt down clues in teams and be the first to get to the end. Win fabulous prizes!!!
Nature Meditation Sessions
Two meditation sessions will be offered by Paddle Georgia alum Shirley Banks. Participate in one or both. The meditations are designed to be both calming and refreshing for the mind and body. The meditations are suitable for all, with a special welcome to those who have not meditated before.
Location: Meet in Plaza Conference Room
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Elements meditation: In this seated, guided meditation, we will use our senses to notice the elements of earth, air, heat, and water as they are present in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. Afterward, join us for the walking meditation, go enjoy the many other offerings, or just relax on the grounds.
5:20 PM - 6:00 PM
Walking meditation: We will take a slow, quiet walk along the trails in a contemplative mood. Attending to the senses and our movements, we will silently notice the flow of life in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. While the walk will be silent, we will have an opportunity at the end to share what we observed and learned.
6:00 PM -7:00 PM
Location: Ben Brady Pavillion Lawn
Have you ever wanted to just try Paddle Georgia without committing to a whole week? Are you a Paddle Georgia veteran who can't wait until the end of June to get your fix? Either way, on April 7th, we're packing everything folks love about Paddle Georgia into one day: the great time on the river, the gymnasium (or outdoor) camping, the bus shuttles--even the same caterer will be the same! We're paddling 6.5 miles down the Chattahoochee from Johnson's Ferry to Paces Mill. Here's a map!
If you are participating in the Mini-Paddle Georgia, please fill out a liability waiver for.
6:30 AM: Wake up! Lights on and breakfast will be served in Kingfisher Hall
8:00 AM: Everyone should have left CNC!
8:30-9:00 AM: Drive to Paces Mill, park your car, and take the shuttle back to Johnson's Ferry.
9:00-10:00 AM: Put on the river!
3:00 PM: Take out at Paces Mill
We will be paddling 6.5 miles of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Chattahoochee. Here's a map! Those of you who are joining the National Park Service ranger for the raft trip will be floating about half that--from Powers Island to Paces Mill. All camping gear must be packed up and in your car before you leave the CNC on Sunday morning.
All participants bringing their own boats: will drop their canoe/kayaks off at Johnson Ferry (directions to the put-in from the Chattahoochee Nature Center: goo.gl/maps/ZtiKc) and then drive their vehicle to the Paces Mill take-out (click here for directions: goo.gl/maps/qdgKv). A bus will shuttle you back to Johnson Ferry.
You will need to drive your car to Johnson Ferry first, drop off your boat and anybody in your party who doesn't want to ride the shuttle, and drive your car to the Paces Mill, so at the end of your paddle, you'll be able to hop in your car and drive home!
All participants renting a boat: will drive their vehicle from the Chattahoochee Nature Center to Paces Mill (directions here: goo.gl/maps/jJedg), where they'll catch the shuttle bus to Johnson Ferry. Broad River Outpost will be waiting there with your boats and gear! Be sure you get to Paces Mill by 8:30 AM to catch the earlier of two shuttles (the other will be there at 9 AM) so you have plenty of time to get your boat and gear in order.
All participants on the NPS raft trip: NPS ranger John Huth and Davin Welter from GRN will pick you up in a van at Paces Mill at 9:00 AM (directions to Paces from CNC are here: goo.gl/maps/jJedg). You'll be shuttled up to Powers Ferry and row the raft back down to your car.
EachADULT and CHILD paddling with us that day must have signed a liability waiver. These will be made available on Saturday of Weekend for Rivers, as well as on the shuttle bus at the river Sunday morning!
Each vehicle parked at Paces Mill will be subject to a $3 parking fee. Please have cash on hand.
All paddlers not on the raft trip can get on the water at Johnson Ferry between 9-10 AM Sunday morning, and all paddlers must be off the water by 3 PM.
Each paddler (excepting the raft trip participants) needs to be present for one of 5 safety briefings which will take place every 15 minutes between 8:45 and 10:00 AM at the boat ramp Sunday morning.
Everyone renting a boat should be on the 8:30 shuttle from Paces Mill to Johnson Ferry.
For those of you bringing your own boats, please drop anyone in your party off at Johnson Ferry before driving to Paces Mill. It will save room on the shuttle!
You'll be able to rent kayaks from the Broad River Outpost for $35 for the day. To rent a boat, call Michael Moody at 706.795.3242 or email him at
. Tell him you're with Weekend for Rivers and he'll fix you right up!
Rental boats will be dropped at the put in at Johnson Ferry on the morning of Sunday, April 7th. You will need to drop your car at the take-out at Paces Mill and ride the bus back to Johnson Ferry regardless of whether or not you're renting a boat. If you are planning to rent a boat from Broad River Outpost, please plan to be ready to take the first shuttle to Johnson Ferry at 8:30 AM, since Michael will have to set you up with your boat and gear.
National Park Service Raft Trip
There is also a NPS-guided raft led by John Huth heading down the river at the same time. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning float on the Chattahoochee River inside the perimeter. That's right folks, inside the perimeter! After the Chattahoochee River flows under the I-285 bridge and heads for the City of Atlanta something magical happens. The rapids arrive as we pass through the palisades. You'll learn about the wildlife, natural and cultural, that has been found here throughout time. The scenery will knock your socks off so lace on your water shoes and we'll meet down by the river.
Rafters will meet Paces Mill at 9 and take the NPS shuttle to the Powers Island put in. From there, you will float down to rejoin the rest of the group at the Paces Mill take out. If you are interested in participating in the raft trip instead of the paddle, please email Jesslyn Shields at
All participants bringing their own boats: will drop their canoe/kayaks off at Johnson Ferry (directions to the put-in from the Chattahoochee Nature Center: http://goo.gl/maps/ZtiKc 15 min drive) and then drive their vehicle to the Paces Mill take-out (click here for directions http://goo.gl/maps/qdgKv 20 min drive). A bus will shuttle you back to Johnson Ferry. There are two shuttles, one at 8:30 and one at 9.
All participants renting a boat: will drive their vehicle from the Chattahoochee Nature Center to Paces Mill (directions here: http://goo.gl/maps/jJedg 30 min drive), where they'll catch the shuttle bus to Johnson Ferry, where Broad River Outpost will be waiting with your boats and gear! Be sure you get to Paces Mill by 8:30 AM to catch the earlier of two shuttles (the other will be there at 9 AM) so you have plenty of time to get your boat and gear in order.
All participants on the NPS raft trip: A NPS ranger will pick you up in a van at Paces Mill at 9 AM (directions to Paces from CNC are here: http://goo.gl/maps/jJedg 30 min drive). You'll be shuttled up to Powers Ferry and row the raft back down to your car.
Any questions? Email Jesslyn at
River Celebration Awards and Party
Join your friends at the Georgia River Network’s Weekend For Rivers Party on Saturday, April 6th at 7pm at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for dinner by Satterfields, beer and wine, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle GA Port-Potty-Auction and River Celebration Awards.
From Roswell Road (Highway 9/U.S. 19):
(Heading North from Atlanta or I-285).
At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.
From GA 400 Northbound:
Exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.
From GA 400 Southbound:
Exit Northridge Road (exit #6). At the top of the ramp is a traffic light. Travel straight through the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.
From Marietta and All Points West:
Take Highway 120 (also called Marietta Highway or Upper Roswell Road) east toward the city of Roswell. Cross Johnson Ferry Road and travel approximately four miles to Willeo Road. At a traffic light, turn right onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one mile on the right.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. It has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. For 30 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.
If you choose not to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday night, rooms for the event will be blocked at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076. To reserve a room at $79/night, call 770-992-9600 and tell them you're with Weekend for Rivers. 10 rooms have been blocked for the nights of April 5th and 6th. Click HERE to see the DoubleTree website.
Click HERE to go directly to the DoubleTree Weekend for Rivers room registration page.
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Patagonia, Stormwater Systems, Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center, National Park Service, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Rain Barrel Depot, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Bud & Mary Freeman, The Outside World, Flint Riverkeeper, Barefoot Wine, GreenLaw, American Rivers, Café Campesino, Sweetwater Brewing, Southern Environmental Law Center, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Broad River Watershed Association, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Georgia Lakes Society, Chattahoochee RiverWarden, Environment Georgia, Savannah Riverkeeper