PADDLE GEORGIA 2020
99 Miles, 7 Days, 1 Great Time
PADDLE GEORGIA 2020
Thomaston to Montezuma/Oglethorpe
June 20-27, 2020
Paddle Georgia is an annual 7 day paddle trip on a different river each June for paddlers of all skill levels and ages. The trip features nightly camping, catered meals and a chance to explore, relax and learn about rivers. 2 day options are available.
Registration for Paddle Georgia 2020 in now open!
Register and pay to reserve your spot for one great time this June!
This page provides you everything you need to know to participate (plus some!). Please review it thoroughly to make your Paddle Georgia experience the best it can be!
CORONAVIRUS NOTICE: Georgia River Network is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic. Paddle Georgia is expected to occur as planned June 20-27. As the situation develops, we will provide additional updates.
ABOUT THIS YEAR’S ADVENTURE
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
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 application. The 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.
in Pictures and Stories
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!
Each river has a surprise somewhere in it, and I’ve felt like I was given a gift every year.
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.