How many people participate?

Each year, more than 350 people participate, ranging in age from 4 to 84. Most of these adventurers are “thru-paddlers” traveling all seven days. A smaller number choose Paddle Georgia Lite, our weekend-only and two-day options.

Can I go for just part of the trip?

Yes. Our Paddle Georgia Lite package includes the first two days of the trip (June 16-17) or the last two days of the trip (June 21-22) A limited number of spaces will be available for this option based on how many thru-paddlers register.

What does my registration fee include?

Your Paddle Georgia registration fee includes a T-shirt, boat decal, maps and river descriptions, souvenir cup, a year’s membership to Georgia River Network, camping with bath facilities, shuttles to campsites, entertainment, activities, educational programs and special swag from our sponsors.

What’s a Canoe-A-Thon?

Like a walk-a-thon, Paddle Georgia’s Canoe-A-Thon will raise money for Georgia River Network. Each participant is asked to solicit donations on a per-mile basis. Those participants generating more than $850 may choose to have their registration fee reimbursed, and the top 250 Canoe-A-Thon participants who raise at least $300 will be eligible for priority registration for Paddle Georgia 2019. Canoe-A-Thoners compete for gifts and prizes, including new canoes and kayaks and other great goods from The Outside World and our many other sponsors.

How much does it cost?

There’s not a better deal to be found! For about $90 a day, you get an all-inclusive educational adventure vacation that includes three meals a day. And, you travel for seven days through beautiful scenery without ever stopping at the gas pump! Paddle Georgia thru-paddler registration fees range from $425 to $230. Paddle Georgia Lite registration fees range from $120 to $70. These fees may be reimbursed if the participant garners more than $850 in Canoe-A-Thon pledges.

Do I need to be an experienced paddler?
You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need a little experience. If you are new to paddling, we ask that you take a basic canoeing or kayaking instruction class offered through Georgia Canoe Association ( or sign up for the Paddle Georgia paddling class offered on the day prior to the journey’s launch. The pace and distance of each day’s journey and the difficulty of the river is generally suitable for novice paddlers.
What do I need to bring?

You are responsible for bringing a canoe, kayak, paddleboard or other person-powered vessel, paddles and a personal floatation device. Paddle Georgia does not supply or rent boats. See our list of outfitters to secure your rental boat for the week. Also bring standard camping gear including a tent and personal items. Camp gear is limited to 40 pounds and two bags per person. Your boat should be of a size and weight that you and another person can carry. No camp stoves or fuel are permitted.

Where do we camp?

Camping for Paddle Georgia 2018 will be tent camping only with limited covered facilities. We will spend four nights at Yellow River Park, a city park in Porterdale and three nights at Danridge Farms, a rustic wedding event facility near Monticello. There will be no camping on the last night of the journey (June 22) due to Macon-Bibb County park regulations. Air-conditioned shower and restroom trailers will be provided at all campsites as will covered dining areas.

Do I need to bring food?

Breakfast, dinner and sack lunches will be provided for a fee (see registration page). Participants may choose to bring their own food, but cooking is not permitted at the campsites and access to ice is not guaranteed. A shuttle will be available at most campsites to take participants to select nearby restaurants and stores for fast pick-up of food items. Participants are strongly encouraged to make use of the meals provided at campsites.

Where do I leave my car?
Paddle Georgia encourages thru-paddlers (those paddling the whole week) to take advantage of the Kick-Off Day Shuttle or the River’s End Shuttle. The Kick-Off Day shuttle allows participants to leave their vehicles in Macon on June 15 and be shuttled along with boats and gear to the trip’s starting point near Porterdale. The River’s End Shuttle allows participants to leave their vehicles in Porterdale and then be shuttled back to their vehicles on the evening of June 22. During the week, you will not need your vehicle because free shuttle services will be provided between river and campsites, allowing you to travel light on the river. Those who choose not to use the Kick-Off Day or Trip’s End shuttles must make their own arrangements. Shuttle services and parking areas are also provided for Paddle Georgia Lite paddlers.
Can I fish during Paddle Georgia?

Yes, but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses and understanding and following the proper rules and regulations.

Paddle Georgia Policies:

For your safety and the safety of others.

  1. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
  2. All participants must attend the pre-launch safety briefing. Participants must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
  3. Participants must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device at all times on the river.
  4. Participants under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian.
  5. Sorry, no pets allowed.
  6. All participants must sign a Medical and Emergency Contact Information sheet and a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. (These forms will be sent in the info. packet.)
  7. Person-powered watercraft only.
  8. All participants must respect private property along the river.
  9. All participants must have basic paddling skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water.
  10. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
  11. Georgia River Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip.
  12. No firearms are permitted on the trip.

Violations of these policies can result in the participant being removed from the event without refund.

Refund Policy

Changes can be made to Kick Off and Trip’s End shuttle, meals, and merchandise through May 31. Any registration cancellations made prior to June 1, will incur a 10% processing fee. As of June 1, no refunds will be granted.

The paddling and time on the river is, of course, the reason we come but the people that come together for the week have become the main reason I do the trip. It is the highlight of the summer.

~ Alan Kendall

Georgia River Network
Earth Share
Paddle Georgia
Georgia Water Trails
Hidden Gem
Georgia Water Coalition


126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) | (706) 549-7791 (fax) |