FALL FLOAT ON THE FLINT
Join Georgia River Network for a voyage down the Flint River Oct. 9-12, 2020!
We’ll travel 48 miles from Baconton to Bainbridge taking in the best of the Flint–beautiful blue hole springs, lively shoals, rich history, abundant wildlife and more! Fashioned after our annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, we will tent camp on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Like our annual summer adventure, we will enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie as we make our way down one of Georgia’s most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year. You can choose from a 2-day option that includes just Saturday and Sunday’s paddle (Oct. 10-11) or you can join for the full three-day trip which ends on Monday, Oct. 12.
Details of the 2020 adventure will be posted soon. Scroll down for an overview of Fall Float on the Flint 2019. You can expect similar programs and fares for 2020.
2019 Adventure to feature locally sourced meals, beer & wine
This fall, you’ll not only get a taste of the Flint’s wild beauty, you’ll get a taste of the bounty that the Flint, the Floridan aquifer and the surrounding land provides. We’ll enjoy locally-sourced meats and vegetables each evening paired with beer from some of South Georgia’s best micro-breweries and wine from the region’s vineyards. Joining as sponsors of this year’s Fall Float are Still Pond Vineyard in Arlington, Pretoria Fields Collective in Albany, Omaha Brewing Company in Omaha, Georgia Beer Company in Valdosta and Five Points Berries Winery in Mauk. Click on the logos below to learn more about these locally produced products. You’ll get a complimentary beer or wine with each meal and have a chance to purchase additional drinks every night of the trip!
The Flint river in South Georgia is fed by massive underground aquifers and runs clear and cool. While other South Georgia rivers offer up a plethora of sandbars and lazy bends, the Flint flows between limestone bluffs, over shoals and between picturesque islands. Along the way, crystal clear spring pools bubble up to feed the river. Off river, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the river and the region through tours of area attractions and nightly activities at campsites that include entertainment, games and programs highlighting the river’s cultural and natural heritage. It’s every bit as much fun as the original Paddle Georgia…just a wee bit shorter.
Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint 2020 Itinerary on the Flint River
Day 0, Oct. 9: Camp, Initial Gathering and Kick Off Feast
Day 1, Oct. 10: Limestone Limbo – Baconton to Flint River Retreat – 13 miles
Day 2, Oct. 11: Ichawaynochoway Waltz – Flint River Retreat to Hoggard Mill Rd. – 17 miles
Day 3, Oct. 12: Blue Hole Bop – Hoggard Mill Rd. to Flint River Heights Rd. – 17 miles
The descriptions below detail 2019 meals, but the paddle route will be the same this year.
Day 0: Camp, Initial Gathering and Kick Off Feast Before we ever get on the river, we gather for an evening of food, fun and fellowship on the banks of the river at our campsite, Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Dinner for the evening (Oct. 4) will be provided by The BreadHouse in Albany featuring cilantro lime roasted chicken with pico de gallo and southwestern salad – mixed greens, roasted corn and black bean salsa, avacado and chipotle ranch, brown rice, dinner rolls. Dessert: Buttermilk pannacotta with blueberries and granola. Beer from Omaha Brewing Company in Albany and wines from Five Points Berries Winery in Mauk.
Day 1: Limestone Limbo–On this 13-mile jaunt, the Flint really shows off, offering up the best of its surreal limestone bluffs, shoals, sycamores and cypress. Gnarled roots of these trees wrap through holes in limestone, stretching for the water as you paddle beneath these overhanging shelves of ancient rock. Best of all, the paddle ends at our campsite for the evening, a beautiful resort with plenty of campsites and cabins for rent!Dinner for the evening (Oct. 5) will be provided by The BreadHouse in Albany featuring Grady Ranch grass-fed beef pot roast with local carrots, parsnips, celery and potatoes. Side salad. Dessert: Georgia pecan pie. Beer from Pretoria Fields Collective in Albany and wine from Still Pond Winery in Arlington.
Day 2: Ichawaynochoway Waltz
This beautiful 17-mile paddle is a testament to the unique nature of the Flint. In this stretch you will see just one tributary enter the river—the stunningly beautiful and memorably named Ichawaynochoway Creek. Here the river derives its flow from hidden springs that feed its clear water. Otters frolic in the shoals; bald eagles patrol the skies. Add to that the wreckage of a steamboat and you have the makings of a watery waltz you won’t soon forget. Dinner for the evening (Oct. 6) will be provided by The BreadHouse in Albany featuring Marview Farms lemon, garlic and herb slow-roasted chicken. Southern slow cooked greens (collards, turnips and kale).Parmesan mashed potatoes. Dinner rolls. Dessert: Peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Beer and wine providers to be announced soon!
Day 3: Blue Hole Bop
This 17-mile run is home to perhaps the most memorable blue holes on our course—including a billowing pool of crystal clear water nestled in the Baker County bank of the river known as Bovine Spring. Here the river races due south to the Decatur County line, flowing deeper and wider as it pushes further into the Coastal Plain. The journey ends on the backwaters of Lake Seminole formed by Jim Woodruff Dam at the Florida state line some 30 miles downstream.
Fall Float on the Flint 2020 Registration Information
Registration will open in late June/early July
Registration Fees :
3-Day Option Oct. 9-12 (48 miles)
Youth 8-17: $295
Under 8: $155
2-Day Option Oct. 10-11 (31 miles)
Youth 8-17: $260
Under 8: $120
*Registration fees include all meals!
Registration deadline – September 27
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people participate? 175 spots are available. Like our summer Paddle Georgia events, participants will range in age from 4 to 84 and come from all walks of life. But, they all have one thing in common—they love to paddle and they love Georgia rivers!
Can I go for just part of the trip? Yes, you can join us for all three days (Saturday through Monday) or you can opt for the weekend-only portion of the journey.
What does my registration fee include? Your Fall Float the Flint registration fee includes a T-shirt, boat decal, maps and river descriptions, a year’s membership to Georgia River Network, camping with bath facilities, shuttles to campsites, entertainment, activities, and educational programs. Breakfast, dinner (prepared from locally-sourced meats and vegetables) and sack lunches, as well as a complimentary beer/wine with each dinner, are included in your registration fee. Dinners will be served Oct. 4, 5, and 6. Breakfasts and lunches will be served Oct. 5,6, 7.
How much does it cost? How much would you pay for an all-inclusive educational adventure vacation? Famous theme parks would charge you hundreds, nay thousands. Georgia River Network’s natural Flint River theme park costs only $340 for adults (with unlimited rides!). All meals are included. Prices are prorated for those doing only the weekend portion of the journey. Participants garnering more than $680 in Canoe-a-thon donations may request to have their registration fees reimbursed.
How will the Fall Float be different from the summer Paddle Georgia trip? With the exception of a few bells and whistles, the Fall Float will be very similar to our annual Paddle Georgia event. Catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be provided, and Café Campesino will be on hand with coffee, tea and other refreshments. Our Rocky Ford Flint River Retreat campsite is tent camping only, however cabins are available for rent for additional fees. Transportation will be provided to and from launch sites/take outs and because we’re using the same campsite all three nights, you’ll have full access to your vehicle for the entirety of the trip.
What’s a Canoe-A-Thon? Like a walk-a-thon, Paddle Georgia’s 2020 Canoe-A-Thon beginning Aug. 1, 2019 will raise money for Georgia River Network. Each participant is asked to solicit donations on a per-mile basis. Those participants generating more than $680 may choose to have their Fall Float registration fee reimbursed, and the top Canoe-A-Thon fundraisers automatically secure registration for Paddle Georgia 2020. Click here for more details. Canoe-A-Thoners compete for gifts and prizes, including new canoes and kayaks and other great goods from our sponsors. These prizes will be awarded at Paddle Georgia 2020 (Canoe-a-thon participants do not need to present to win these prizes). Participants can sign-up and start raising funds Aug. 1.
Do I need to be an experienced paddler? You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need a little experience. If you are new to paddling, we ask that you take a basic canoeing or kayaking instruction class offered through the Georgia Canoe Association or other instructors.
What do I need to bring? You are responsible for bringing a canoe or kayak, paddles and a personal floatation device. Georgia River Network does not supply or rent boats. See our list of outfitters to secure your rental boat for the week. Also bring standard camping gear including a tent and personal items. Your boat should be of a size and weight that you and another person can carry.
Where do we camp? During the Fall Float on the Flint, we will camp at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat in Newton. This is a tent and RV camping only facility, but cabin rentals are available for additional fees directly from Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Indoor shower and toilet facilities will be available as will porta-toilets and heated outdoor showers.
Rental Cabins at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat
Limited space is available in rental cabins at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. If you wish to reserve a private cabin, please contact Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat directly:
Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat
2909 Newton Highway
Newton, GA 39870
Prices range from $95-$180 per night.
Do I need to bring food? Breakfast, dinner and sack lunches are included in your registration fee, but participants may choose to bring their own food. Camilla, 12 miles to the east of our campsite, is the nearest supply point with grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities.
Where do I leave my car? You will have access to your car at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat for the entirety of the adventure. At the conclusion of the paddle, shuttle buses and a tractor trailer will bring you and your boat back to Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat where you will retrieve your vehicle, load your boat and return home.
Can I fish during Fall Float on the Flint? Yes, but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses and understanding and following the proper rules and regulations.
Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint Policies
For your safety and the safety of others.
1.) No alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
2.) All participants must attend the pre-launch safety briefing. Participants must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
3.) Participants must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device at all times on the river.
4.) Participants under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian.
5.) Sorry, no pets allowed.
6.) All participants must sign a Medical and Emergency Contact Information sheet and a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. (These forms will be sent in the information packet.)
7.) Person-powered watercraft only.
8.) All participants must respect private property along the river.
9.) All participants must have basic paddling skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water.
10.) No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian. 11.) All participants, especially small children, must have a designated seat in the vessel in which they are traveling. 12.) Georgia River Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip.
Violations of these policies can result in the participant being removed from the event without refund.
Any registration cancellations made by September 27 will incur a 10% processing fee. After September 27, no refunds will be granted. If you have questions or need assistance, call our office at 706-549-4508.
All participants must sign a liability waiver.
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We look forward to seeing you on the Flint this fall!
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