Jan
11
Wed
Okefenokee Destiny Screening – Kennesaw
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“OKEFENOKEE DESTINY” SCREENING

The Okefenokee Swamp, “The Trembling Earth,” is a place unlike any other in the world. It’s the largest intact blackwater wetland in North America and a mecca for research scientists from around the world. It’s also in the heart of an economically depressed region and under pressure from extractive industries. How can the Okefenokee be conserved for future generations – and what lessons can we learn to keep from repeating our past mistakes?

“Okefenokee Destiny,” a 14-minute PBS EcoSense for Living documentary, addresses these questions as it takes viewers on a journey through the swamp and introduces them to Okefenokee experts. Beginning in August, Georgia River Network will present the short film at locations across Georgia to help spread the movement to conserve the Okefenokee and protect it from mining.

This event is free.

 

GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK PRESENTS:

 

Screening tour sponsored by Okefenokee Swamp Park & Adventures.

 

Williams Family Foundation of Georgia

Jan
24
Tue
Okefenokee Destiny Screening – Thomasville
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“OKEFENOKEE DESTINY” SCREENING

The Okefenokee Swamp, “The Trembling Earth,” is a place unlike any other in the world. It’s the largest intact blackwater wetland in North America and a mecca for research scientists from around the world. It’s also in the heart of an economically depressed region and under pressure from extractive industries. How can the Okefenokee be conserved for future generations – and what lessons can we learn to keep from repeating our past mistakes?

“Okefenokee Destiny,” a 14-minute PBS EcoSense for Living documentary, addresses these questions as it takes viewers on a journey through the swamp and introduces them to Okefenokee experts. Beginning in August, Georgia River Network will present the short film at locations across Georgia to help spread the movement to conserve the Okefenokee and protect it from mining.

This event is free.

 

GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK PRESENTS:

 

Screening tour sponsored by Okefenokee Swamp Park & Adventures.

 

Williams Family Foundation of Georgia

Feb
8
Wed
Georgia Paddling 101
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Georgia Paddling 101 @ Public Lands

Are you interested in paddling Georgia’s rivers, but unsure where to start? Are you a seasoned river rat looking for your next adventure? Join Georgia River Network for an evening of information designed to help get you explore your next Georgia river safely and optimize your fun. River Users Guidebook author, Joe Cook, will share information about Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia program, including its seven-day, 100-mile journey set for the Savannah River in June; details about the Georgia River Guide App, a guide to more than 30 water trails across the state, and share entertaining stories about the history and lore of Georgia’s rivers gleaned from the pages of the River User’s Guidebook series.

Mar
31
Fri
Spring on the Satilla
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm

While North Georgia is still in the slumbers of winter, come late March and early April, the woods along the Satilla River are bursting with spring. Escape winter and get an early start on the paddling season with this two-day, two-night adventure exploring some 22 miles of the Satilla River. A blackwater beauty, the Satilla winds through southeast Georgia and features snow white sandbars and mysterious backwater sloughs filled with wildlife. As we near our final take out, the river becomes tidally influenced. Camping will be at Satilla Lodge, a private special events venue featuring limited indoor lodging in rustic cabins and treehouses, as well as tent camping. Restrooms with flush toilets and showers are available along with porta-toilets and a hot water outdoor camp shower. Event registration includes six catered meals served beneath an open air outdoor pavilion along the banks of the river. Kayak rentals are available. The route is all flatwater suitable for novice paddlers. Information about registration fees and more event details coming soon!

 

Apr
29
Sat
Little River Adventure
Apr 29 all-day

Join Georgia River Network as we explore an 8-mile stretch of the Little River Water Trail as this small, intimate South Georgia blackwater stream courses through Colquitt and Cook counties en route to Reed Bingham State Park where alligators patrol the waters and sun on the banks of Reed Bingham State Park Lake, described by Suzanne Welander in Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia as “a sort of Okefenokee Swamp in miniature.” Make a weekend out of it by camping at the state park and taking in not only our 8-mile paddle, but the other park amenities, including seven miles of hiking trails that introduce you to the flora and fauna of Georgia’s Coastal Plain. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a federally endangered indigo snake! The journey is on flatwater and is suitable for novice paddlers, however, portions of the adventure may require portages around deadfall that may be blocking the narrow river. Kayak rentals are available. Registration fees range from $35-$70. Link to registration page coming soon!

May
20
Sat
Flint River Adventure
May 20 all-day

This 13-mile adventure explores the scenic and historic Flint River Water Trail as it winds through Meriwether and Pike counties in Middle Georgia. Beginning on White Oak Creek in the Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area, the route features mostly flatwater interrupted occasionally by Class I shoals and climaxes with a thrilling run over historic Flat Shoals, a Class II obstacle that will put your paddling skills to the test. The route ends at a boat ramp near Woodbury newly renovated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Flat Shoals was once a favored crossing of the river by Native Americans along a trail known as the Oakfuskee Path. In the mid-1800s, the shoals were harnessed to power a wool carding mill and then in the 20th century, the picturesque spot became a favorite fishing hole of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his many trips to nearby Warm Springs. Finally, in the 21st century, Flat Shoals gained fame as a filming location for TV series The Walking Dead. Kayak rentals are available. This trip is not recommended for beginning and novice paddlers; paddling helmets must be worn when running Flat Shoals (loaner helmets are available from Georgia River Network at no charge). Link to registration page coming soon!

Jun
24
Sat
Paddle Georgia 2023
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm

Paddle Georgia is BACK! After two years of COVID-19-altered paddle trips schedules and formats, Paddle Georgia is returning to its pre-COVID format. Paddle Georgia 2023 will explore more than 70 miles of the Savannah River, 23 miles of Brier Creek in Screven County, 6 miles of Ebenezer Creek in Effingham County, and finally, a 2-mile exploration of Abercorn Creek. A mix of big-river paddling on the alluvial Savannah and intimate blackwater creeks that feed into it, Paddle Georgia 2023 will introduce paddlers to the diversity and beauty of the lower Savannah River. You’ll slip beneath fossil-filled bluffs and into mysterious backwater sloughs on the Savannah, marvel at ancient and mammoth cypress trees on Ebenezer Creek and paddle past the site of one of Georgia’s most renowned Revolutionary War battles on Brier Creek. As the primary conduit for the exploration of inland Georgia in the 18th century following the founding of the Georgia colony, the Savannah is our state’s most historic river. It is also among the most heavily used and engineered rivers in the state. Along the route, you’ll gain an understanding of how we have impacted the river and how we are now working to sustain and restore it, for our own preservation and the preservation of the wildlife that also depends on it.

We’ll camp at Black Creek Scout Reservation near Sylvania and New Ebenezer Retreat Center near Springfield. At Black Creek, you can choose to rent Boy Scout platform tents with cots and mattresses, reserve (limited) space in an air-conditioned bunkhouse, pitch your tent beneath a covered pavilion or tent in shaded woods surrounding a multi-acre lake. RV camping is permitted but must be self-contained. Restrooms with toilets and showers are provided. Catered meals will be served in the reservation’s modern dining hall, and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the reservation’s other amenities, including a zipline into the lake, a climbing wall and ropes course.

At New Ebenezer Retreat Center, we’ll tent camp on the wooded and shaded grounds of historic New Ebenezer founded in 1734 by Salzburger emigrants, Protestant refugees from Austria, and a stone’s throw from the oldest (1769) church building in Georgia. Limited indoor accommodations, including some private “hotel” rooms will be available. RV camping is permitted but must be self-contained. Restrooms with toilets and showers are provided. Our tent camping area will include supplemental shower trailers and porta-toilets. Catered meals will be served beneath an outdoor tent near a picturesque pond on the retreat center grounds. Participants will have access to a large air-conditioned common room and on-site swimming pool.

A new registration fee structure will make it easier for families with multiple children to participate in this year’s adventure. Registration fees will range from $55-$455 for thru-paddlers and $25-$155 for two-day paddlers. Three and four-day paddling options will also be available.

Additionally, a new vehicle shuttle plan will enable all participants to have access to their vehicles throughout the week.

Paddle Georgia is back…and better than ever before! Prepare yourself for 100 miles, 7 days and 1 great time on the Savannah River! Click here for more details and registration information.

Jul
19
Wed
Hike Inn Retreat 2023
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 5:00 am

Join your Georgia River Network friends for this one-night, mid-week getaway to the mountains and a stay at The Hike Inn for half off the usual rates. The trip includes a five-mile hike (moderate difficulty) to the inn which is located near Springer Mountain and the start of the Appalachian Trail. While at the inn, enjoy two hot meals (dinner and breakfast) served family style in the inn dining hall. Educational programs are featured following dinner. The inn features private rooms (2 bunk beds), restrooms with showers, and of course, great views of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The adventure ends with a five-mile return trip, or, for the more ambitious, you can take a side excursion to see the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (strenuous hike to Springer). Bring along cash to tip the staff and cash/credit card to buy optional lunch for hike out or purchase merchandise. You must start your hike on the 19th no later than 2pm. Once you register, the Hike Inn will send you additional details about your stay.

Registration fees include stay at The Hike Inn with private room and meals. To book your room:

Go to www.hike-inn.com
Click on RESERVATIONS
Click on RATE OPTIONS

Promotional/Group Code: type in your group code, click apply (this will change the dates on the left to your groups dates)
Group code is:    GRN23

Click on the 1 room, 1 adult, no children menu and change the count to what you need it to be. If you need more than one room, click the plus sign and change that count to what you need it to be. Room count can be no more than 3, with at least one person being a child aged 12 or under.

Then click check availability.  If there are rooms available you will see a box that says book it, click it to complete the reservation form. Double check the right hand side for rooms and amount of people in each room.  If you need to make changes there is a box with an arrow that will take you back to the first page.

Once all the guest info, special info, payment info, the booking and privacy policy are agreed to, click book now.

Jul
29
Sat
Chattahoochee River Adventure
Jul 29 all-day

This 12-mile paddle on the Chattahoochee through rural Carroll and Coweta counties features mostly flatwater with a handful of Class I shoals. It takes in a beautiful portion of the long-maligned river downstream of Atlanta where water quality has been greatly improved over the past two decades. The run is set to be part of an ambitious linear park with land-based recreational paths and a Chattahoochee River Water Trail stretching from Atlanta to Coweta County. This particular journey is a paddle through time that begins near the site of an historic covered bridge built by the former slave and famous bridge builder Horace King; continues past the site of Creek Indian Chief William McIntosh’s home and tavern where he was murdered by his own people after signing documents ceding Creek lands in Georgia to the U.S. government; and finally ends at one of Georgia’s largest and newest state parks–Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The trip is suitable for novice paddlers. Kayak rentals are available. Registration information coming soon!

Oct
6
Fri
Fall Float on the Flint
Oct 6 – Oct 8 all-day

Ever wonder why we’ve been doing this same trip–at the same time of year–in the same place for nearly a decade? Well, it’s because the lower Flint is so beautiful and so unique that we just keep coming back to it year after year. Even after all these years, it remains one of our most popular trips. Unlike any other river in South Georgia, the Flint will surprise you with its lively shoals, Swiss cheese-like limestone bluffs, beautiful blue hole springs and abundance of wildlife–both on land and in the water. This two-day, two-night canoe/kayak camping adventure takes in 36 miles of the Flint’s wonder. Along the way, you can choose your non-paddling activities: lounge on a sandbar, jump from a limestone cliff or take a dip in a chilling, breathtakingly beautiful blue hole spring. We’ll camp at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat, a picturesque camp overlooking the river in Newton with tent camping, cabins for rent and RV camping sites. Restrooms with toilets and showers are provided. Catered meals will be served in an indoor, air-conditioned dining hall. Educational programs on the river and after dinner each evening will give you a greater understanding of the Flint and water issues shaping Southwest Georgia, the state’s most productive agricultural area. Click here for more details and registration information.