Pandemic Edition

Create Your Own Adventure to Support Georgia’s Rivers

May 15-Aug. 6, 2020


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia 2020 event on the Flint River originally scheduled for June 20-27 has been cancelled. In its place, we’re hosting Paddle Georgia 2020-Pandemic Edition, an effort to collectively log 4,000 river miles and raise $40,000 for river protection this summer.



REGISTRATION FEE: $50 includes Paddle Georgia 2020 Pandemic Edition t-shirt, facemask, boat decal and a year’s membership in Georgia River Network. 


HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: While we cannot gather as a large group this summer, Georgia’s rivers are still open and they can be safely explored in small groups.  Register for Paddle Georgia 2020 Pandemic Edition; create your own one-day or multi-day paddle trip; document your trip with photos and or video and share it with Georgia River Network via e-mail or social media. When sharing via social media, use the hashtag: #PaddleGeorgiaPandemic.


PADDLE GEORGIA CANOE-A-THON: If you are willing (and we hope you will be willing)  please solicit donations from friends, family members and business associates through our Canoe-a-thon as you are planning your “pandemic trip.” Tell them you are paddling to protect Georgia rivers and ask them to make a contribution equal to the number of miles you are paddling. For instance, 10 miles might equal $10…or $100 or even $1000!


Our Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon is ongoing. Participants have already raised more than $4000, but we’re pushing for $40,000. Help us reach our goal! 


Please note: 10 percent of Canoe-a-thon proceeds this year will be directed to non-profit organizations in the Flint River basin that aid needy families with paying their utility bills. In addition to helping protect Georgia’s rivers, you’ll be keeping clean, safe water flowing to families in need in the areas where this year’s Paddle Georgia would have had a big economic impact.


You can set up an online fundraising page at Simply click on the “Join Now” button to set up your page. 


Create a facebook fundraiser at On this page you can choose Georgia River Network as your non-profit and begin immediately raising money via your facebook page. 

 COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING CONSIDERATIONS: Before planning your own Paddle Georgia 2020 Pandemic Edition paddle trip, please consider the following recommendations for your trip. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home. If you are an older adult or you have underlying medical conditions, please consider staying at home. Before embarking on the trip, please consider being tested for COVID-19 to ensure that you are not carrying the virus. Plan your trip so that you avoid popular, high-traffic paddle routes. If the parking area at the river access point is full or crowded, consider an alternate route. Keep your paddle group small. Ideally, groups should be no larger than 10 people. Do not share equipment, food, water and other supplies during paddle trip. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times. Maintain strict hygiene by washing hand frequently and frequently cleaning surfaces. Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. When visiting local businesses, gathering prior to launching and gathering at take out sites, wear a facemask/personal protection equipment. Choose a paddle route that is well below your skill level to reduce the risk of injury and subsequent demands on first responders and medical personnel. Respect the communities where you choose to paddle. Follow local guidance and avoid behavior that might stress local resources.



Paddle Georgia 2021 will take place on the same route along the Flint River we planned for this year. Read on below to learn about the route and other details for Paddle Georgia 2021.

Our route on the Flint is one of the premiere paddling destinations in Georgia. No where else in Georgia can you get the scenery and landscape along a river that you find in the Pine Mountain and Sprewell Bluff area. The views are spectacular. Lively Class I shoals–the haunts of the world famous shoal bass and lesser-known Halloween darter–are frequent for the first fours days of the journey followed by three days of flatwater, Coastal Plain paddling. The trip features one short portage around Class III Yellow Jacket Shoals.


We’ll have three campsites: Camp Thunder, a Boy Scouts of America Flint River Council facility, where you’ll have the option of tent camping or renting private platform tents with mattresses. The camp also features an air-conditioned dining hall where we’ll have breakfasts and a beautiful open-air pavilion where we will serve dinner and hold evening programs.


Our second campsite is Taylor County High School in Butler. This is small town Georgia at its best. The school is within walking distance of downtown with restaurants, grocery store and more. Tent camping will be on lawns surrounding the school and on the school’s athletic practice field. Indoor “camping” will be available in the school gymnasium.


Our final night, for those who choose to stay overnight, is Oglethorpe City Park with tent camping in the park and indoor camping at an adjacent gymnasium. This will be the site of our River’s End Celebration with live music, a fish fry from Flint Riverkeeper, games, the Vibe Kayak Ducky Derby and more.


The event will run from Saturday to Saturday in 2020. Our kick off day will be Saturday, June 20, with our first day of paddling on Sunday, June 21, with our last day of paddling on Saturday, June 27. This should help participants who want to avoid taking an extra day of work vacation to arrive for kick off day activities on Friday. As in previous year, two Paddle Lite options are available: June 21-22 and June 26-27.


And, through special shuttle services, paddlers will, for a small fee, be able to easily shuttle their vehicles from campsite to campsite.


Our last trip on the upper Flint River was in 2008, a journey that was remembered as “Puddle Georgia” because of extreme low water levels. We’re hoping for more water in 2020, and as always, we will develop contigency plans in the event that water levels make portions of our journey impractical!




Daily paddle trips averaging 14 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

Get Ready for Paddle Georgia 2020

Registration opens Feb. 7!

To add yourself to the information list for Paddle Georgia, CLICK HERE.

Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon

Start Raising Money to Protect Georgia’s rivers now in the 2020 Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon

Information Packet

Look for the Paddle Georgia 2020 Participant Information Packet in Spring 2020!

Paddle Georgia Youth & Educator Programs – Donate / Apply

These programs enable underserved youth to take part in the week-long adventure and allow teachers to gain valuable environmental education training while participating in Paddle Georgia.

If you are an K-12 educator and would like to participate in Paddle Georgia 2020 and receive environmental education curriculum and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream training during the adventure, click here for a scholarship applicationThe scholarship program covers the $425 registration fee and all environmental curriculum material. Scholarship winners need only pay for meals during the journey.

Georgia River Network needs donations and sponsors to support our programs for underserved youth and Georgia educators. To donate to the scholarship fund, click here.



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We love the whole experience: seeing old friends again, meeting new ones, and of course being on the river, which just brings peace to your soul – unless the Pirates are around the next bend!

~ Georgia Ritchie

Each river has a surprise somewhere in it, and I’ve felt like I was given a gift every year.

~ Sheila Cox

Summer Camp for Grownups! I had one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. It  was well-run, fairly organized, fun and rein-forced my love  of nature and  people in general.

~ Laine Wood

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