paddle georgia 2022

15 River Adventures in 12 Months!

Regrettably, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia River Network will not host its annual Paddle Georgia event in 2022. The event, which attracts 300-400 participants for a week of river fun each summer, simply is not practical or safe during our nation’s current healthcare crisis. 

Instead, we will host a series of at least 15 river adventures for small groups with COVID-safe protocols followed on all trips. These adventures will explore 14 different rivers as well as the Okefenokee Swamp. Our adventures will take us from the shoals of far Northwest Georgia to the blackwater of far Southeast Georgia. 

Eight adventures will include two days of paddling coupled with two nights of camping. These trips will feature catered meals, top-notch campsites often with indoor accommodations available, educational programs, and, of course, great paddling routes. During, six other adventures, we’ll day trip on some of the state’s most scenic paddling routes. 

Our annual 7-day Paddle Georgia event will take place June 19-25 on the Chattahoochee River and will be limited to less than 30 participants. It will be a true canoe/kayak camping adventure with riverside camping each night. 

Our adventures in Georgia’s river basins begin in January and continue through November. Read about each river adventure below and click on the event name to learn more! 

Paddle Georgia 2022 River Adventures

Jan. 14-16—Okefenokee Swamp-St. Marys River: Two days of paddling and two nights of camping at Traders Hill Campground to explore the Okefenokee Swamp and the St. Marys River along the Georgia-Florida line in Charlton County.

March 11-13—Alapaha River: Two days of paddling and two nights of camping at Venture of Faith Camp to explore this South Georgia river as it flows through Echols County and into Florida.

April 8-10—Ohoopee River: Two days of paddling and two nights of camping at Ohoopee River Campground to explore this blackwater beauty in Tattnall and Toombs counties.

May 6-8—Yellow/Alcovy River: Two days of paddling these tributaries of the Ocmulgee River with two nights of camping at historic Salem Campground in Newton County. 

May 21—Etowah River: A one-day adventure on the Etowah River with a visit to the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site in Bartow County included.

May 28—South Chickamauga Creek: A one-day adventure on this intimate creek lined by soaring limestone bluffs to celebrate this Catoosa County water trail in North Georgia.

July 23—Chattahoochee River: A one-day adventure on the Chattahoochee River as it courses along the state line between Alabama and Georgia from West Point Dam to the mill village of Riverview. The trip includes portages around two historic mill dams that Georgia Power Company will soon remove, restoring natural flows on this section of river.

Aug. 6—Flint River: A one-day adventure and celebration of the Flint River Water Trail as it spills over shoals in Meriwether County.

Aug. 20-21—Conasauga Snorkel & Paddle Weekend: Two days of exploring the upper Conasauga River watershed, featuring snorkeling in the river’s famed “Snorkel Hole” and a paddle trip along the river in Murray and Whitfield counties.

Sept. 10—Oconee River Full Moon Paddle: A one-night adventure on the Harvest Moon, exploring the Oconee River as it spreads into Lake Oconee in Greene County.

Oct. 7-9—Fall Float on the Flint: Two days of paddling and two nights of camping at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat to explore the Flint River in Baker, Mitchell and Decatur counties.

Oct. 28-30—Ossabaw Island Adventure: Three days of paddling and two nights of camping on this famed barrier island in Chatham County.

Nov. 11-13—Okefenokee-Suwannee River: Two days of paddling and camping at Griffis Fish Camp to explore both the Okefenokee Swamp and the Suwannee River in Clinch and Ware counties.

Nov. 19—Ebenezer Creek/Savannah River: A one-day adventure on this historic blackwater creek and the Savannah River in Effingham County.

Paddle Georgia 2022

Chattahoochee River JUNE 19-25

Paddle Georgia 2022 will take place on the Chattahoochee River between Buford and Franklin, taking in the river as it runs through metro Atlanta and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and continuing beyond the city to the rural reaches of South Fulton, Douglas, Carroll, Coweta and Heard counties. This will be a true canoe/kayak camping adventure with on-river camping each night, and will be limited to less than 30 participants. The route will run about 100 miles from Settles Bridge Park near Buford to Riverside Park in the Heard County seat of Franklin.

Like a typical Paddle Georgia adventure, we’ll serve up catered meals and daily educational and entertainment programs.  At each campsite, we will have access to basic amenities including restrooms and showers, and, in some cases, indoor accommodations.

Participants registering for this adventure are asked to raise at least $1000 in our Paddle Georgia 2022 Canoe-a-thon. Registration for Paddle Georgia 2022 will open in February. 


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 Canoe-a-thon. Participants raise money for Georgia River Network by soliciting donations from friends, family members and business associates. Those who raise the most money 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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