PADDLE GEORGIA 2020

97 Miles, 7 Days, 1 Great Time

PADDLE GEORGIA 2020
Flint River

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 available.

Registration for Paddle Georgia 2020 will begin in early February 2020. Full details of the journey will be posted in early January, but here’s what we can tell you now…

This 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 are frequent, and we’ll likely have one on-river portage around Class III Yellow Jacket Shoals. Otherwise, the river is free-flowing with no other portages required! 

We’ll have two 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. Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley will be our second campground. We’ll camp in the university’s physical education/health building with tent camping outside and the option to reserve private dorm rooms for additional fees. 

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. 

Finally, we are also working on logistical details that will enable participants to keep their vehicles at our campsites throughout the week. More to come on this added amenity for 2020. 

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 paddling trips averaging 12 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 is set to open in early February 2020. 

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

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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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Testimonials

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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