Discover Georgia’s Rivers -Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012


In 2012, Georgia River Network encouraged paddlers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways – by visiting 12 rivers throughout the year.  Georgia’s rivers offer a variety of experiences including family friendly afternoon paddles, riverside hikes, exciting whitewater and blackwater experiences.  We want everyone to get out and enjoy them! Over 60 people took on the challenge. Although not everyone completed 12 rivers, everyone made a valiant effort and got out and enjoyed Georgia's rivers.

We are extremely proud of our finishers and especially those who went above and beyond. One of those 'overachievers' was Gerry Cowart who was not only the first to finish the challenge, but he went on to paddle 24 rivers in total by the end of 2012. Another avid paddler who ultimately paddled 20 rivers was Glen Smith, who went on a total of 50+ paddle trips during the year. 

Every paddler has their own unique experience when out on the water, which is why we asked challengers to submit their photos and stories. We loved following Mary Siceloff and Liz Williams' blog about two close friends doing the challenge together. It was a true delight to hear about Suzi Parron's strong passion for paddling that even a boot on her foot couldn't keep her off the river. Bobby Marie made us proud with the photos capturing the immense amount of trash he picked up, and it was inspiring to see the love bird couples Kyle & Andread Camp and Lonny & Rhonda Martin accomplishing the challenge together. Outdoor enthusiast, Patrick Phelps, persevered even when the temperatures started dropping and he was ready to move on to his other love - mountain biking. Photographer, Anne Ledbetter, captured some absolutely amazing photos on her paddling trips. We were also excited to see Aliison Hughes of GA Adopt-A-Stream share photos of her awesome adventure on both black and whitewater! And last but not least - our very own Joe Cook and April Ingle led by example and represented our Paddle GA/Georgia River Network team well when they paddled 12+ rivers each. 

So, kudos to each of the 12 in 2012 finishers! They are an inspiration to all of us here at Georiga River Network and beyond. We trust it was a fun challenge and look forward to seeing how our 13 in 2013 challenge unfolds.

To view all the participants' stories and photos, go here. To view a dedicated page consisting of the stories and photos of only the finishers, go here. They are very informative and great resources for your next paddle!