Paddle Georgia 2023

Savannah River

June 24-July 1, 2023

Trip Summary

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, 6 miles of Brier Creek in Screven County, 6 miles of Ebenezer Creek in Effingham County, and finally, a 2-mile jaunt of Abercorn Creek to our finish line. 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. Prepare yourself for 84 miles, 7 days and 1 great time on the Savannah River and get ready to register beginning February 2023! New for 2023: great discounted registration fees for families! access to your vehicle at all campsites! new Paddle-A-Thon with $8000-plus in prizes for top fundraisers, top paddlers (most miles) and more! Scroll down for details.

Priority Registration for sponsors, supporters and past Paddle-A-Thon participants opens Jan. 26 at 8 a.m. Regular registration opens Feb. 7 at 8 a.m. Event will be limited to the first 350 registrants. 



What Is Paddle Georgia?

Paddle Georgia is an annual week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure that ventures on a different Georgia River each June. Since 2005 and the first Paddle Georgia on the Chattahoochee River, the event has grown into the largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure in the country, attracting between 250 and 400 participants annually.

Designed to be an environmental education adventure, it has been described by participants as summer camp for adults and families.  In addition to paddling a wild river for seven days, participants learn from nightly educational programs and entertainment, on-river activities (think mussel grubbing and fish seining) and tours of historic sites and facilities along the river that use or impact the river.

The event features catered meals, top-notch campsites (yes, showers, flush toilets and even air-conditioning are provided) and some of the most interesting, and fun-loving river rats you’ll ever meet.

In addition to the annual week-long summer pilgrimage, Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia program includes weekend paddle-camp trips, day trips and kayaking and paddle safety classes.

More questions? We’ve got answers!

Paddle Georgia 2023 Registration Fees & Discounts for Families

Registration fees for Paddle Georgia 2023 have been changed to encourage more families to participate…because at Georgia River Network we believe that kids who run wild finish first! Fees for the second and third children in a family are greatly reduced.

Thru-Paddler Registration Fees (7 days): Adults: $455 Youth 8-17: $255 for first, $155 for second, $55 for any additional. Youth 7-Under: $55

Paddle Lite Registration Fees (2 days June 25-26 or June 30-July 1): Adults: $155 Youth 8-17: $105, $55 and $25. Youth 7-Under: $55

Paddle Lite Registration Fees (4 days June 25-28): Adults: $300 adults Youth 8-17: $200, $100 and $40. Youth 7-Under: $55

Paddle Lite Registration (3 days June 29-July 1): Adults: $255 Youth: $150, $75 and $30. Youth 7-Under: $55

In addition to discounted registration fees for families, this year’s campsites will feature activities for kids of all ages–zipline, ropes course, climbing walls and swimming pool! Special environmental education programs for kids will be part of daily programs.

All Paddle Georgia participants are encouraged to also participate in Georgia River Network’s Paddle-A-Thon! In 2023, the Paddle-A-Thon celebrates Georgia River Network’s 25th anniversary and challenges supporters to explore Georgia’s rivers and raise funds to protect those rivers. Thousands of dollars in prizes–from gift certificates to merchandise–from our many Paddle Georgia sponsors will be awarded to participants in numerous categories: most miles paddled, most funds raised, most trash removed and more! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PADDLE-A-THON!

Georgia Educators Scholarship Program

Are you a Georgia K-12 educator and looking for an incredible summer adventure? Apply to receive a scholarship of $455 to participate in Paddle Georgia 2023 and receive environmental education curriculum and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream training during the seven-day journey. You’ll have the trip of a lifetime and learn curriculum and skills that can help connect your students with Georgia’s rivers and streams! The scholarship pays your full registration fee. The scholarship program is open to all Georgia teachers working in K-12 public or private schools. The application deadline is April 15, 2023; scholarship winners will be announced by April 20. Click here to apply for a scholarship! 

Become a Paddle Georgia Sponsor

You can support clean rivers and the development of recreational water trails by sponsoring Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia River Adventures. Depending on sponsorship levels, your tax deductible contribution includes complimentary registration(s) to participate in Paddle Georgia events. Click here to review Paddle Georgia sponsorship information or click here to make a sponsorship donation online.

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


Each year, dozens of Paddle Georgia participants compete in our Paddle Georgia Paddle-a-thon. Participants raise money for Georgia River Network by soliciting donations from friends, family members and business associates and compete in a host of non-fundraising categories like “most miles paddled,” “most trash removed from rivers,” and even “most miles paddled with your pet.” Top finishers win prizes, including new boats and paddling equipment from our sponsors and are eligible to have Paddle Georgia registration fees reimbursed. Click here to learn more and get started.




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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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