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Healthy Rivers for All Georgians is Our Goal

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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. Please view our 2017 Accomplishments and By the Numbers! Georgia River Network works for clean water in partnership with the Georgia Water Coalition by serving on its leadership team. You may 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 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

Check out our River Trash to Art Contest!

 
 

ENGAGE with Georgia's Rivers!

 
Georgia River Network is Excited to Announce our 2018 Event Line-up
 
Mark Your Calendars and stay tuned for more details...
 
GRN 2018 Events Titles
  • Feb 11  Brews Boats and BBQ for Better Rivers - Georgia River Network's 5th Annual 'Brews, Boats & BBQ for Better Rivers' at SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta was a hit! This kickoff paddle party and GRN fundraiser is our pre-season gathering of paddlers and river lovers from all over Georgia. Everyone enjoyedWThands up delicious food, live music and brews! Thanks to sponsors Outside World and Stormwater Systems! See photos.
  • March 17 - Lake Sinclair Coal Ash Paddle - Join the Ga Water Coalition for an eye opening presentation and paddle to the Plant Branch coal ash ponds on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, GA.  Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal and contains toxic materials.  It can be stored in ponds near coal plants or in your local landfill. Learn more about the dangers of coal ash and how to engage your elected officials in preventing this pollution from entering our waterways.​ 
  • April 6-8 Spring on the Satilla - Join GRN and the Satilla Riverkeeper for this ultimate South Georgia 21-mile, 2-day river camping adventure! See Pics!
  • April 20-22 - Soque River Hidden Gem - Join GRN and Soque River Watershed Association for this special Farm to Fork event at Twin Rivers Resort & Retreat including paddling/ hiking, yoga/ meditation, a gourmet cooking class, fly fishing and fly-tying course. Registration now open!
  • Postponed TBD - Wine & Cheese Paddle Date - Bring a date for on the Chattahoochee River National Water Trail
  • Postponed TBD - Riverside Painting & Poetry - Get creative along the Upper Chattahoochee River Water TrailP1010955
  • June 16-22 – Paddle Georgia 2018 (Yellow and Ocmulgee River) - 400+ people attend this week-long paddle along a different river each year. Enjoy daily paddling trips averaging 17 miles, nightly camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs, tours of historic sites, industrial facilities and more, chemical and biological water monitoring opportunities, companionship and camaraderie with hundreds of fellow paddlers. Registration now open.
  • Aug 26 - Full Moon Paddle - A night of enchantment on the Gainesville Upper Lanier Water Trail
  • Sept 8-9– Weekend for Rivers - Join fellow river lovers to network, learn about, and celebrate Georgia's rivers. This event will include training workshops, River Hero Awards Dinner, and Alcovy River Paddle
  • Sept 13-14 – GRN Member Hike Inn Trip - This annual hiking trip in the Appalachian Mountains is a favorite for our members!
  • Sept 29 - Pooch Paddle on the Yellow River - Bring your pup and hit the Yellow River Watertrail for a leisurely paddle
  • P1140716Oct 6-8 – Fall Float on the Flint - A not to miss 3-day paddling event taking place in partnership with Flint Riverkeeper this fall with blue springs, cypress trees, and limestone caves!  Paddlers from all over the nation attend this fabulous event!  
  • Nov 30-Dec 2 –  Cumberland Island Georgia Gem - The 2017 event was such a success that we decided to have it again! This gem will include farm to table meals, paddling/ferrying across the intercoastal water way, educational programs, live music, and camping on Cumberland Island. 

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ADVOCATE  - Take Action Now!

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Action Alert: We must stop coal waste from poisoning our water and our families. Take action now! http://protectga.com/GRN-water


EMPOWER 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 2017, our intensive services were directed toward the development of the Flint, Upper Oconee and  Georgia's Little River Water Trails. Other rivers assisted through this program include the Alapaha, Broad, Little Ohoopee, Ochlockonee, (Lower) Oconee, Whitewater Creek, Satlla, South and Yellow. 
 
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!
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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.