Feb
13
Tue
Save the Swamp Mardi Gras Party
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Save the Swamp Mardi Gras Party @ Conklin Farm

Mark your calendars for the return of our Save the Swamp Mardi Gras Party!

Join us on Fat Tuesday, Friday 13, and support our work to pass the Okefenokee Protection Act and save the swamp from threat of mining forever.

See full event details, become a sponsor and get tickets here

Mar
16
Sat
Satilla River Adventure
Mar 16 all-day

It’s March, and Spring has sprung on the Satilla River, long before the buds break out in North Georgia. Escape to the warmer confines of South Georgia and explore the beautiful, blackwater Satilla where, in all likelihood, the jasmine and azalea will be showing off along the river banks. This 12-mile day trip runs from U.S. 82 to Deep Bend Landing, a campground nestled along the banks of the river. Expect snow white sandbars, wildlife filled oxbow lakes and mirror-like blackwater reflecting the tupelo-cypress lined river banks. Registration fees range from $35 to $75. Price includes guided trip, shuttle service, river maps…and lots of good times. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for additional fees.  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Here’s the river route!

Apr
5
Fri
Spring on the St. Marys
Apr 5 @ 2:19 pm – Apr 7 @ 3:19 pm

Georgia’s southern-most river is our destination for this annual rite of spring–a two-day, two-night canoe/kayak camping adventure on the blackwater St. Marys River as it winds along the Georgia-Florida border. The trip includes an optional third day of paddling in the nearby Okefenokee Swamp. Day 1 on the St. Marys will take us on a remote and rarely-visited portion of the river from Murray’s Landing to Traders Hill Landing. Day 2 will venture into the upper reaches of the tidally-influenced portion of the St. Marys, riding from Traders Hill to Camp Pinkney. Originating within the Okefenokee Swamp and known for its snow-white sandbars and mirror-like blackwater, the St. Marys is among Georgia’s most unspoiled and beautiful rivers.

You can also opt to come a day early and join us as we explore a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp noted for its open prairies, carnivorous aquatic plants and, of course, alligators! Camping will be in a grassy meadow beneath ancient live oak trees at historic Traders Hill Campground. Restrooms with showers, a large covered pavilion, catered meals and nightly educational programs round out the experience.

Registration fees range from $225-$375 and include camping, catered meals, educational programs, guided trips, shuttle service, river maps, Spring on the St. Marys t-shirt or other Georgia River Network swag, and loads of good times. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for additional costs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Check out the two-day route below!

Apr
27
Sat
Intro to Kayaking
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May
4
Sat
Ocmulgee River Adventure Weekend
May 4 @ 8:00 am – May 5 @ 4:00 pm

The Ocmulgee River Water Trail and the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park (potentially soon to become Georgia’s first national park and the first national park in the nation co-managed by a removed native tribe–the Muscogee Nation) are the destinations for this two-day adventure in Macon-Bibb County. Hint: It’s more than just a paddle trip. While you’ll explore the Ocmulgee River from Pope’s Ferry to downtown Macon over two days of paddling, you’ll also visit the ancient Ocmulgee Mounds and learn its history from current citizens of the Muscogee Nation. You’ll also have the opportunity, on your own and through group tours, to sample all the Macon has to offer–from a host of craft breweries in downtown to historic Rose Hill Cemetery and the Big House Allman Brothers Band Museum.

Day 1 we’ll take a short four-mile paddle from Amerson Park to downtown Macon, providing time for a visit to the Ocmulgee Mounds and other Macon attractions. Day 2 we’ll explore a 10-mile section of the river from Popes Ferry to Amerson Park filled with playful shoals and beautiful scenery. Unlike Georgia River Network’s typical weekend trips, you’ll be on your own for securing your lodging and meals. We’ll provide the logistical planning, river guide service, shuttle service and educational programs. Registration range from $70-$150. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for additional charges.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Check out the paddle route below!

Intro to Kayaking
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May
5
Sun
Intro to Kayaking
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May
11
Sat
Paddle Georgia Safety Team Certification – PSF-Kayak Class May 11
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Paddle Georgia Safety Team Certification - PSF-Kayak Class May 11 @ Lake Allatoona

INVITATION ONLY

This class is available by invitation only to experienced Paddle Georgia paddlers to allow them to become ACA certified Paddlesports Safety Facilitators for Kayak. Contact Andrea White or Joe Cook for more information.
Andrea@GArivers.org
Joe@GArivers.org

May
18
Sat
ACA “Kayaking 101” for National Safe Boating Week
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Attend an ACA “Kayaking 101” class to kick off National Safe Boating Week!

Georgia will host 5 ACA “Kayaking 101” classes on May 18 in various spots across the state. (43 simultaneous ACA “Kayaking 101” classes will be held on May 18 across 7 states!) Participating locations In Georgia offering ACA “Kayaking 101” on May 18 include:

  • Allatoona Lake, Stamp Creek Ramp, White GA
  • Allatoona Lake, Kellogg Creek Day Use Area, Acworth GA
  •  Allatoona Lake, Old Hwy 41 #2 Day Use Area, Acworth GA
  • Lake Oconee, Lawrence Shoals Campground, Eatonton GA
  •  Skidaway Island, Rodney Hall Boat Ramp, Savannah, GA

🛶 Why take ACA “Kayaking 101”?

Kayakers comprise the bulk of paddlesports growth, and the majority of paddling fatalities. Surprisingly, accidents happen most often in calm water conditions. Nearly 75% of fatalities involve paddlers with less than 100 hours experience and 35% of those have less than 10 hours experience. ACA “Kayaking 101” covers basic paddle strokes and rescue maneuvers to educate everyone on safe boating and sets new paddlers up to have fun for a lifetime!

⭐️ How much is the class?

ACA “Kayaking 101” costs JUST $15 per person! (including a free kayak rental for anyone who signs up for it at registration) This type of training often retails for $75-$150.

👏 How is this possible?!

All instructors are Georgia volunteers who are nationally certified with the American Canoe Association to give paddling and rescue training, and are supported by experienced safety teams. They are volunteering to offer this training as a special event in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.

Sign up now HERE!

These classes are made available by many organizations coming together to help their fellow paddlers across Georgia. In addition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Allatoona Lake, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and ACA Georgia, these organizations include: Georgia River Network, Georgia Power, Trust for Public Land, Georgia Canoeing Association, Savannah Coastal EcoTours, Middle GA Kayaking, Kayak Trips and Training, REI and REI Coop Experiences, Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, Half-Moon Outfitters, Westbrook Supply Co., and Southern Conservation Trust.

Jun
1
Sat
Etowah River Adventure
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Head back in time on this favorite paddle route through the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. Back in time because you’ll travel a route through wild, undisturbed forest that, strangely enough, once was home to the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory–a Cold War-era facility that performed numerous experiments on the effects of radiation as workers there also attempted to build a nuclear-powered airplane. Needless to say, the effort was a bust, but remnants of the old facility remain hidden in the forest and are visible at abandoned railroad bridges over the river that once serviced the lab. The 9-mile route features intimate paddling down a shaded path. Flatwater paddling is interrupted on occasion by small shoals, including the the double ledge fun at Radioactive Rapid. Mid-trip, you can stop for lunch at a picturesque “Barefoot Falls,” a tumbling waterfall on a small, unnamed tributary of the river. Registration fees range from $35-$75 and include guide services, shuttles services, river maps, educational programs and lots of good times. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for additional fees. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Check out the paddle route below!