Paddle Georgia 2020 Participant Information

PADDLE GEORGIA 2020

Paddle Georgia 2020 Information for registered participants

ON THIS PAGE FIND ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PARTICIPATE IN PADDLE GEORGIA 2020!

WAIVERS…very important!!

If you have not already signed an online American Canoe Association liability waiver, it’s time to do it! It take just minutes and saves time during registration on June 20 and 21  at Camp Thunder. Click on the link, sign the form and then respond to an e-mail you will receive to complete the liability waiver form process. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE WAIVER! 

If you have difficulty completing your online waiver, contact Joe Cook at joecookpg@gmail.com

Text Message Alert System 

To receive text message alerts from Georgia River Network staff regarding Paddle Georgia 2020 please text GARIVERS to 84483 on your cell phone. This system will be used to communicate important information to participants in a timely manner in the event of an emergency or other situation in which information needs to be sent to all participants as quickly as possible. 

 

ON SITE REGISTRATION AT CAMP THUNDER FOR THRU-PADDLERS & PADDLE LITE JUNE 21-22 PADDLERS

Check-In Times:        

June 20: 1-8 p.m.

June 21: 7-8:00 a.m.

All participants must check in at our Camp Thunder campsite during the times listed above. Upon check-in, you will receive your event packet that includes items like your Paddle Georgia 2020 T-shirt and boat decal, your on-river maps and descriptions and more.

You may choose to drop your boat at our initial launch site (Ga. 74 Boat Ramp) prior to registering at Camp Thunder. An attendant will be at the Ga. 74 boat ramp from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 20 and again from 7-8 a.m. June 21. Overnight security will be provided for the boats located at all our launch/take out sites.

Note: Participants arriving earlier than 1 pm on June 20 WILL NOT be allowed to register early.

Directions to Camp Thunder from I-85: From Exit 28 (Hogansville Ga. 100/Ga. 54) travel east on Ga. 54 0.2 mile. Turn right on Ga. 100 and proceed 12.6 miles to Greenville.  Turn right continuing on Ga. 100 0.7 mile to downtown Greenville. Turn left on one-way street around courthouse square mile and exit square on Ga. 18 (Woodbury Road). Continue on Ga. 18 0.4 mile and stay right toward Woodbury. At 11.1 miles reach River Cove Road on right (turn right and then immediate left on road to boat ramp to reach the boat drop off area). Continue straight, crossing river, and reach Dripping Rocks Road in 1.3 mile. Turn right and proceed 1.7 mile. Turn right, continuing on Dripping Rocks Road and proceed 1.3 to Camp Thunder. Registration will be in the large covered pavilion. Camp Thunder Coordinates: 32.963232, -84.529106

Directions to Camp Thunder from I-75 Southbound: From Exit 235 (Griffin/Jonesboro U.S. 19/U.S. 41) take U.S. 41 South (Tara Blvd.) 28.2 miles beyond Griffin. At intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 41, turn right on U.S. 19 and proceed 11.8 mile through Zebulon. Turn right on Ga. 109 and proceed 9.9 miles to Molena. Turn left on Ga. 109 and proceed 1.5 mile to Ga. 74. Turn right and proceed 0.3 mile. Turn left on to Dripping Rocks Road and proceed 1.7 miles. Turn right continuing on Dripping Rocks Road and proceed 1.3 mile to Camp Thunder. Registration will be in the large covered pavilion. Camp Thunder Coordinates: 32.963232, -84.529106  

Directions to Camp Thunder from I-75 Northbound: From Exit 136 (U.S. 341/Perry/Ft. Valley) travel west on U.S. 341 10.7 miles to Ft. Valley. Turn right on Oakland Heights Parkway and proceed 0.5 mile to five point intersection. Continue straight on U.S. 341 14.2 miles to Roberta. Turn left on U.S. 80 (West Crusselle Street) and proceed 13.3 miles. Turn right on U.S. 19 and proceed 13.5 miles to Thomaston. At the square in Thomaston, turn left on Main Street (Ga. 74) and proceed 12.8 miles. Turn left on Thundering Springs Road and travel 0.6 mile to entrance to Gerald Lawhorn Scout Camp & Camp Thunder. Turn right on Dripping Rocks Road and proceed 2.4 miles to campsite. 

BOAT DROP OFF

Boat Drop-Off Times:

June 20: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 21:  7-8 a.m.

All participants must drop off their boats during these times at our initial launch location, Ga. 74 boat ramp near Woodbury.

Directions to Boat Drop Off from I-85: From Exit 28 (Hogansville Ga. 100/Ga. 54) travel east on Ga. 54 0.2 mile. Turn right on Ga. 100 and proceed 12.6 miles to Greenville.  Turn right continuing on Ga. 100 0.7 mile to downtown Greenville. Turn left on one-way street around courthouse square mile and exit square on Ga. 18 (Woodbury Road). Continue on Ga. 18 0.4 mile and stay right toward Woodbury. At 11.1 miles reach River Cove Road on right (turn right and then immediate left on road to boat ramp to reach the boat drop off area). Boat Drop Coordinates: 32.989064, -84.529640 See “Directions to Camp Thunder from I-85 Map” above. 

Directions to Boat Drop Off from I-75 Southbound: From Exit 235 (Griffin/Jonesboro U.S. 19/U.S. 41) take U.S. 41 South (Tara Blvd.) 28.2 miles beyond Griffin. At intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 41, turn right on U.S. 19 and proceed 11.8 mile through Zebulon. Turn right on Ga. 109 and proceed 9.9 miles to Molena. Turn left on Ga. 109 and proceed 1.5 mile to Ga. 74. Turn right and proceed 1.5 miles. Turn left on River Cove Road then again immediately on road to boat ramp to reach the boat drop off area. See “Directions to Camp Thunder from I-75 Southbound Map”

Directions to Boat Drop Off from I-75 Northbound: From Exit 136 (U.S. 341/Perry/Ft. Valley) travel west on U.S. 341 10.7 miles to Ft. Valley. Turn right on Oakland Heights Parkway and proceed 0.5 mile to five point intersection. Continue straight on U.S. 341 14.2 miles to Roberta. Turn left on U.S. 80 (West Crusselle Street) and proceed 13.3 miles. Turn right on U.S. 19 and proceed 13.5 miles to Thomaston. At the square in Thomaston, turn left on Main Street (Ga. 74) and proceed 12.8 miles. Upon reaching Thundering Springs Road on left (road to Camp Thunder) continue on Ga. 74 3.4 miles. Turn left on River Cove Road then again immediately left on road to boat ramp to reach the boat drop off area. See “Directions to Camp Thunder from I-75 Northbound Map”

Directions to Camp Thunder from Boat Drop Off: Return to Ga. 74 and turn right, crossing river, and reach Dripping Rocks Road in 1.3 mile. Turn right and proceed 1.7 mile. Turn right, continuing on Dripping Rocks Road and proceed 1.3 to Camp Thunder. Registration will be in the large covered pavilion. Camp Thunder Coordinates: 32.963232, -84.529106

Directions from Camp Thunder to Boat Drop Off: From pavilion and registration area, return via Dripping Rocks Road 1.3 miles. Turn left on Dripping Rocks Road and continue 1.7 miles to Ga. 74. Turn left and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn left on River Cove Road and then immediately left again on road to boat ramp. Boat Drop Coordinates: 32.989064, -84.529640

OPTIONAL PADDLE WORKSHOP 

A basic paddling skills workshop will be held Saturday, June 20, at Camp Thunder from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is free for interested Paddle Georgia participants and is designed for beginning paddlers and novices wishing to brush up on their paddling skills before the big event.

Everyone participating should bring a boat, paddles, personal flotation device for each participant in your party, a whistle or other emergency sounding device, and proper fitting shoes that will not come off in the water. Participants should also bring their own lunches and plenty of water as the workshop will include a “working lunch.”

Participants should begin arriving at the workshop site at 10 a.m. to complete registration and prepare boats. The workshop will begin at 11 a.m.. Participants register for this workshop during the registration process. Details of meeting locations will be sent to all participants in advance.

If you are taking the workshop, please understand that you cannot also take the kick off day shuttle from Oglethorpe to Camp Thunder. You will need use the Campsite to Campsite shuttles or make your own shuttle arrangements. After the workshop, you will need to drop your boat at the Ga. 74 boat drop location (see directions above).

NEED A RENTAL BOAT?

Georgia River Network does not provide rental boats, but local outfitters can provide canoes, kayaks and delivery service. If you need to rent a boat please contact one of the following outfitters:

Flint River Outdoor Center, 4429 Woodland Rd., Thomaston, GA 30286, 706-647-2633 www.flintriveroutdoorcenter.com

Gerald I. Lawhorn Scouting Base, 1166 Dripping Rock Rd., Molena, GA 30258, 706-227-4556 www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/1956-gerald-i-lawhorn-scouting-base

Kayak Classes of Georgia, P.O. Box 1576, Jackson, GA 30233, 678-549-4950 www.kayakclassesga.com

SHUTTLES:

KICK OFF AND CAMPSITE TO CAMPSITE SHUTTLE INFORMATION

Paddle Georgia provides two options for getting you to the river and shuttled back to your vehicle—our Kick Off and Campsite to Campsite shuttles, available for an additional charge. Please review the information to decide if you wish to utilize one of these shuttles. If you do not choose to utilize one of these shuttles, you are responsible for making your own arrangements for transport of your body and boat.

To register: If you did not register for one of these shuttles during your initial registration process, you may do so by returning to the registration site and logging in using your e-mail address and password. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS YOUR REGISTRATION. Once logged in you can make appropriate changes to your registration.

Please Note: Paddle workshop and teachers participating in the Paddle Georgia Educator Scholarship Program cannot take the Kick Off day shuttle because the times conflict. Also, shuttles for Paddle Georgia Lite will not be needed. Lite paddlers participating June 21-22, will be shuttled back to Camp Thunder where their vehicles will be waiting. Lite paddlers participating June 26-27 will be shuttled back to our Taylor County High School campsite to retrieve their vehicles (please see Paddle Lite Instructions below).

Kick-Off Day Shuttle on Saturday, June 20

Participants choosing this option will drive themselves, their boats, and their gear to City Park in Oglethorpe, our final campsite and park their vehicles in the assigned area. Here, charter buses will pick up participants and boats will be loaded on a trailers. Boats will be transported to our June 21 Launch Site where they will be left overnight under secure conditions. Participants will be transported to our Camp Thunder campsite where they will register, set up camp and meet other participants. Participants choosing this option WILL NOT have access to their vehicles during the event until we reach Oglethorpe on June 27. Upon completion of the journey on June 27, buses will carry participants to City Park in Oglethorpe where participants can retrieve their vehicles and then drive to our final take out site to pick up their boats.

The Kick Off Day Shuttle leaves the parking area at Oglethorpe at 1:30 p.m. on June 20 and arrives at Camp Thunder at approximately 3:00 p.m. Participants should be at the Oglethorpe parking area no later than 12:30 p.m. to begin loading boats and camp gear. PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!! You must be pre-registered for the shuttle as space is limited. 

****If you take this shuttle, you can save money by dropping your boat at the Ga. 74 launch site near Woodbury and then driving your vehicle to the Oglethorpe meeting location. A Paddle Georgia volunteer will be at the launch site by 10:00 a.m. Saturday, giving you enough time to drop your boat and still make the shuttle at Oglethorpe by 12:30 p.m. Your camp gear will fit on the shuttle bus. (Please see above for directions to boat drop off location)

Cost: $25 per person/$20 per boat. 

Driving Directions to Oglethorpe from I-75 Northbound: From Exit 109 (Ga. 215/Vienna) travel west on Ga. 215/Ga. 90 22.1 miles to Montezuma. Turn left on Walnut Street (Ga. 26) and travel 3.1 miles. Turn right on Riverview Lane and proceed 0.2 mile. Turn right on Clifton Bradley Drive and proceed 0.4 mile to Oglethorpe. Continue straight on Sumter Street 0.4 mile to City Park on right. 

 

Directions to Oglethorpe from I-75 Southbound: From Exit 187 (Forsyth) travel south on Lee Street (Ga. 42) 18.6 miles to Musella. Turn left on U.S. 341 and proceed 5.8 miles to Roberta. Turn left on Ga. 128 (Agency Street) and proceed 31.1 miles. Turn left on Ga. 90 and proceed 1.5 miles to City Park on left.

Campsite to Campsite Shuttles  

Due to the popularity of having personal vehicles at every campsite, GRN is experimenting this year with a shuttle program that enables participants to retrieve their vehicles and drive them from campsite to campsite. On campsite moving days (June 23 and June 27), a bus will pick participants up at the day’s take out site on the river and transport them to the previous campsite (Camp Thunder on June 23 and Taylor County High School on June 27). Participants will retrieve their vehicles and drive to the next campsite. These shuttles will leave the take out site between 3 and 4 p.m. If you fail to make the take out by the appointed hour, you will need to make your own arrangements to retrieve your vehicle.

Cost: $25 per driver for the week.

Note: If you are in a party of two or more in one vehicle, only the driver will be shuttled to retrieve their vehicle. Other members of the party would take the regular shuttle to the next campsite. Exceptions will be made for adults with children. Children may ride in the campsite to campsite shuttle with their guardian at no additional charge, but where ever possible, we prefer that only drivers use the campsite to campsite shuttle.

For directions from campsite to campsite, scroll down to our Paddle Georgia Information Appendices

Please note: No river’s end shuttle will be offered this year.

MEAL INFORMATION

Paddle Georgia encourages you to take advantage of the Paddle Georgia Meal Plan. All meals are catered and include hot and hearty fare with options for vegans and vegetarians.

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste created on our journey, please bring a Reusable Plate and Utensils. Dishwashing stations will be available at each meal so that you can easily clean these items. At check-in, you will receive a Georgia River Network Paddle Georgia commemorative cup. Write your name on it, and use it throughout the week.

Coffee: Paddle Georgia sponsor Café Campesino will provide organic, fair trade coffee and tea each morning and evening for a fee. Purchase your coffee by the cup or pay one price for unlimited morning coffee on-site. Coffee bracelets are available for purchase directly from Café Campesino when you arrive.

Breakfasts: Breakfasts will be served at 6:30 a.m. each morning. Breakfasts will include hot and hearty fare with a selection of breads, cold cereals, fruit and vegetarian/vegan options.

Lunch: Sack lunches come with your choice of sandwiches along with chips, fresh fruit and dessert. You will pick up your sack lunch AT THE CAMPSITE following breakfast each morning. Make sure you bring a dry bag to keep your lunch safe on the river.

Dinners: Dinners will be served at 6:30 p.m. each evening. Dinners include hot and hearty fare with vegetarian/vegan options.

If you did not purchase a meal plan when you registered, you may do so by returning to the registration site and logging in using your e-mail address and password. If you choose not to use the Paddle Georgia meal plan, you are, of course, responsible for your meals. Shuttles to nearby amenities from our campsites each afternoon will be provided upon request.

MENUS

June 20 Dinner: Barbecue chicken, baked beans, corn, rolls, cobbler, lemonade and teas. Vegetarian Option: Vegetable kabobs and quinoa. Provided by Camp Thunder.

June 21 Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, fruit, assorted cereals, orange juice, milk, non-dairy milk substitute. Provided by Camp Thunder.

June 21 Dinner: Burger and sausage bar, potatoes, cheesecake, lemonade and teas. Vegetarian Option: Vegetarian burgers. Provided by Camp Thunder.

June 22 Breakfast: Biscuits, sausage, gravy, oatmeal, cereals, fruit, orange juice, milk, non-dairy milk substitute. Provided by Camp Thunder.

June 22 Dinner: Chicken and steak fajitas, blackened corn, pico de gallo, black beans, Spanish rice, tortillas, frozen yogurt bar, lemonade and teas. Vegetarian Option: Vegetarian rice bowls. Provided by Camp Thunder.

June 23 Breakfast: Pancakes, scrambled Eggs, sausage, fruit, cereals, orange juice, milk, non-dairy milk substitute. Provided by Camp Thunder.

June 23 Dinner: Barbecue pork, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, bread, peach cobbler, lemonade and teas. Vegetarian Option: TBD. Provided by the Cotton Gin Cafe in Reynolds.

June 24 Breakfast:  Cheese grits, eggs, bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, cereals, fruit bars, fresh fruits, yogurt, fruit smoothie, juice, milk, non-dairy-milk substitute. Provided by Taylor County Schools.

June 24 Dinner:  Fried or baked chicken, field peas and snaps, rice, vegetable medley, slaw, tossed salad, rolls, banana pudding, lemonade, teas. Provided by Mrs. Betty’s Fried Chicken in Butler.

June 25 Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage links, turkey sausage links, oatmeal with raisins and sugar, granola, cereals, bagel and creme cheese, fresh fruits, yogurt, fruit smoothie, juice, milk, non-dairy milk subsitute.  Provided by Taylor County Schools.

June 25 Dinner:  Grilled chicken breasts, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, . Vegetarian Option: TBD. Provided by The Butcher Shop in Warner Robins.

June 26 Breakfast: Biscuits, bacon, ham, sausage, turkey sausage, eggs, cheese grits, cereals, pastries, yogurt, fruit smoothie, juice, milk, non-dairy milk substitute. Provided by Taylor County Schools.

June 26 Dinner:  Turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, collards, squash casserole, tossed salad, rolls & cornbread, red velvet cake, lemonade and teas. Provided by Ms. Julia’s in Butler.

June 27 Breakfast:  Breakfast casserole, hashbrowns, waffle with chicken, cheese grits, cereals, bagel and creme cheese, fresh fruits, yogurt, fruit smoothie, juice, milk, non-dairy milk substitute. Provided by Taylor County Schools.

June 27 Dinner: Traditional fish fry with fried fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, cheese grits, desserts and teas provided by Flint Riverkeeper

We invite all Paddle Georgia participants to share their experience with others by inviting family and friends to the Journey’s End Celebration at Oglethorpe. You can purchase additional meals for your guests via your online registration form. The day’s activities will include games, great food, the Vibe Kayak Ducky Derby, live music and more!

PADDLE GEORGIA LITE INFORMATION  

Paddle Lite paddlers will participate in only the first two days of our journey (June 21-22) or the last two days of our journey (June 26-27).

Registration and boat drop off information is the same for both Paddle Lite June 21-22 and Thru-Paddlers.

However, registration and boat drop off information for June 26-27 paddlers will be different. Please review the information below for Lite paddlers.

Paddle Lite June 21-22 Boat Drop Off and Pick Up Instructions 

Follow directions above for boat drop off and registration for thru paddlers. Upon finishing your journey on Monday June 22 at Po Biddy Boat Ramp, a shuttle bus will carry you back to our Camp Thunder campsite and trailers will bring your boat back to Camp Thunder. 

Paddle Lite June 26-27 Instructions

Those paddling only on June 26-27 will need to drop their boats at the Ga. 96 boat ramp between 1-6 p.m. on June 25 or between 7-8 a.m. on June 26 and then proceed to Taylor County High School for registration. Registration for Lite paddlers will take place June 25 from 1-8 p.m. and June 26 from 7-8 a.m. at Taylor County High School.

At the end of the trip on June 27, you will leave your boat at our take out site at Hook’s Landing in Oglethorpe, ride the shuttle bus to Taylor County High School, retrieve your vehicle and then return to Hook’s Landing to retrieve your boat. Scroll down for driving directions and map from Taylor County High School to Hook’s Landing.

Directions to Ga. 96 Boat Drop Off from I-75 Southbound: From Exit 187 (Forsyth) travel south on Lee Street (Ga. 42) 18.6 miles to Musella. Turn left on U.S. 341 and proceed 9.1 miles. Turn right on Zenith Hill Road and proceed 4.8 miles. At intersection of Zenith Hill Road and Cummings Road continue straight on Cummings Road 5 miles. Cummings Road makes sharp right, then sharp left becoming River Road and deadends at Ga. 96. Turn right on Ga. 96 and proceed 0.7 mile. Turn left into entrance to boat ramp. 

Directions to Ga. 96 Boat Drop Off from I-75 Northbound: From Exit 136 (U.S. 341/Perry/Ft. Valley) travel west on U.S. 341 10.7 miles to Ft. Valley. Turn right on Oakland Heights Parkway and proceed 0.4 mile. Turn left on Ga. 96 toward Reynolds and proceed 3.4 miles. Turn left on four-lane Ga. 96 and proceed 4.4 miles. Turn left into entrance to boat ramp. 

Driving Directions to Taylor County High School from Ga. 96 Boat Drop Off: From boat ramp, return to Ga. 96 and turn left and proceed 13.2 miles. Turn right on Oak Street in Butler and proceed 0.8 mile to school on left.

Driving Directions to Ga. 96 Boat Drop Off from Taylor County High School: From school, turn right on Oak Street and proceed 0.8 mile. Turn left on Ga. 96 and proceed 13.2 miles. Turn right into entrance to boat ramp. 

 

CAMPSITES

Camp Thunder June 20-23

Our campsite for the first three nights of our adventure is Camp Thunder at the Gerald Lawhorn Scouting Base in Molena. As a scout camp, it has all the amenities you’d expect, including the iconic canvas scout tents (with mattresses) that are available at a small additional fee. Our main meeting area will be a massive covered pavilion situated next to the Flint River. Here, we’ll serve dinners and hold our evening programs. Breakfasts will be served in the camp’s dining hall which will also serve as our air-conditioned-escape-the-heat area. Tent camping will be situated around “Mark’s Pond” with options for pitching shelters beneath a large outdoor pavilion. Limited indoor “camping” will be available in rooms adjacent to the dining hall. Of course, the canvas tents will also be available. Ample shower and restroom facilities in close proximity to tent camping area and the canvas tents round out the basic amenities. But, the camp has much more to offer. An impressive playground will keep the kids entertained, and for those seeking a little on-land adventure, we’ll have the opportunity to try out some of the base’s climbing walls, ziplines and even something called a “sky swing”…move over Six Flags Over Georgia!

Nearby Amenities: Camp Thunder is located 7 miles from Woodbury and 16 miles from Thomaston. There are limited amenities close to the camp. Woodbury features an Ingles Supermarket, The Blackbrid Cafe, Smitty’s Cafe and convenience stores. Thomaston has a larger section of amenities with Ingles Supermarket, Walmart, banks, pharmacies, convenience stores and numerous restaurants including Pizza Hut, Subway, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Chili’s, Hardee’s, The Pie Hometown Pizzeria, Zaxby’s, Great Wall Chinese,  Little Caesar’s, Norris’ Fine Foods Buffet, Papa John’s, Riverbend Restaurant, Justin’s Place, Taco Bell,  La Fiesta Mexican and more.

Nearby Lodging: Thomaston hotels include Quality Inn 706-648-2232; Days Inn by Wyndham 706-648-9260; Econo Lodge 706-648-2900; Woodall House 706-647-7044. There are numerous AirB&B options, and cabins are available at nearby Sprewell Bluff Park 706-601-6711 and Still Meadow Cabins 706-741-5012. 

Of special note…Crystal Springs Pool is located 9 miles from Camp Thunder on Ga. 74 en route to Thomaston. The pool is fed by natural springs that maintain a year-round temperature of 66 degrees. The facility features a water slide, high dive, putt-putt golf course and other amenities. Admission fees are charged. 706-647-1232

Evening Programs:

June 20: Welcome, Announcements and Safety Briefing (mandatory)

June 21: Canoe-a-thon Awards, Live Auction, and Live Music

June 22: Flint Riverkeeper

Distances from Launch/Take Out Sites: 

June 21: Launch–4 miles/Take Out–13 miles

June 22: Launch–13 miles/Take Out–25 miles

June 23: Launch–25 miles/Take Out–15 miles to Taylor County High School/30 Miles for Campsite to Campsite Shuttle to retrieve vehicles at Camp Thunder

Map of Camp Thunder Campsite: Click on the icons within the map for additional information about the facilities.

 Taylor County High School June 23-27

Our campsite for June 23-27 is situated in a residential area just blocks from downtown Butler (pop.  1,819). A small public high school in rural Georgia, Taylor County High School offers up all the needed amenities. Lawns surrounding the school buildings and the athletic practice field will serve as our tent camping areas; indoor camping will be in one of the school’s gyms. Though the gyms are not air-conditioned, we will provide cooling fans to beat the summer heat. Meals and programs will be held in the school’s air-conditioned cafeteria.

The school is within walking distance of downtown Butler with restaurants, the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and other amenities. This is small town Georgia at its best. Dinners will be catered by a different local restaurant each night; breakfasts and lunches will be provided by Taylor County Schools, and there’s rumors local boosters might be selling homemade ice cream and other treats when we return from the river each afternoon. 

Nearby Lodging: Justin’s Bunkhouse (located within walking distance of campsite) 478-862-5811; Cotton Gin Inn & Cafe in nearby Reynolds 478-847-3590; Morrow Park Farms in nearby Reynolds has house that sleeps 5 available for rent 404-952-4530. RV camping with water and electric hook ups  is available through the Taylor County Recreation Dept. in Butler 478-862-9047.

Nearby Amenities: Within walking distance of the campsite is a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, Family Dollar, banks, pharmacy, convenience stores, Justin’s Place Restaurant, Main Street Pizza and Wings, China Wok, and Ms Betty’s Fried Chicken.

 Evening Programs:

June 23: Announcements/Jason Clark’s Southeastern Reptile Rescue reptile show 

June 24: Announcement/Hannah Palmer, director of the Finding the Flint initiative and author of Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World’s Busiest Airport 

June 25: Announcements/William Bartram and Culitvating the Wild: William Bartram’s Travels, a documentary film about how the 18th century naturalist has inspired southern environmentalism. 

June 26: Announcements/Paddle Georgia No Talent Show & Story Telling Slam

Distances from Launch/Take Out Sites: 

June 24: Launch–15 miles/Take Out–14 miles

June 25: Launch–14 miles/Take Out–14 miles

June 26: Launch–14 miles/Take Out–20 miles

June 27: Launch–20 miles/Take Out–3 miles to Oglethorpe City Park/28 miles for Campsite to Campsite shuttle to retrieve vehicles at Taylor County High School

Map of Taylor County High School Campsite: Click on the icons within the map for additional information about the facilities.

Oglethorpe City Park June 27

Get ready for a party! The City of Oglethorpe is planning a community festival in conjunction with our River’s End Celebration and Flint Riverkeeper is cooking up one of their scrumptious fish fry meals. Live music and vendors are expected, and of course, we will announce the winner in the Vibe Kayak Ducky Derby. Stick around and celebrate your accomplishment with fellow paddlers. For those staying overnight, tent camping will be on the grounds of the City Park and indoor camping will be in an adjacent gymnasium. No shower facilities will be available at this site.

Nearby Lodging: America’s Best Value Inn in Montezuma 478-472-4565; Budget Inn in Montezuma 478-472-7541; and AirBnB at https://www.airbnb.com/

Nearby Amenities: Piggly Wiggly grocery store, The Meal Ticket Cafeteria, Dollar General are within walking distance of city park. There are numerous restaurants and other amenities in nearby Montezuma located two miles to the east.

Evening Programs:

June 27: River’s End Celebration & Feast with community party, games, live music, and traditional fish fry provided by Flint Riverkeeper

Distances from Launch/Take Out Sites: 

June 27: Take Out–3 miles to Oglethorpe City Park/28 miles for Campsite to Campsite shuttle to retrieve vehicles at Taylor County High School


DAILY ITINERARY 

The Georgia River Network merchandise and registration desk will be open from 7-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m. daily. Lights out and quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily. 

Saturday, June 20

Boat Drop:                   10:00-6:00       Ga. 74 boat ramp at Woodbury

Training:                      11:00-3:00       Paddle Workshop at Camp Thunder

Kick Off Shuttle:          1:30                 Kick Off Shuttle Departs from Oglethorpe

Registration:                1:00-8:00         Camp Thunder Pavilion

Set-Up Camp:              2:00-7:00         Camp Thunder

Dinner:                          6:30-7:30        Kick-Off Feast provided by Camp Thunder

Evening Program:        7:30-9:00          Welcome, Safety Briefing, Recognition of Paddlers and More!

Sunday, June 21

Registration:                 7:00-8:00         Camp Thunder

Boat Drop:                     7:00-8:00         Ga. 74 boat ramp at Woodbury

Breakfast:                       6:30-8:00         Provided by Camp Thunder

Launch:                           7:00-8:30         Buses Leave for Launch Site

Take-Out:                        2:00-5:00        Buses Leave from Sprewell Bluff Take Out Site

Dinner:                            6:30-7:30         Provided by Camp Thunder 

Evening Program:            7:00-8:30         Announcements/ Canoe-a-thon Awards/ Live Auction

Monday, June 22

Breakfast:                         6:30-8:00         Provided by Camp Thunder

Launch:                              7:00-8:30        Buses Leave for Launch Site

Take-Out:                          2:00-5:00        Buses Leave from Po Biddy Road Boat Ramp/Campsite to Campsite Shuttle

Dinner:                               6:30-7:30        Provided by Camp Thunder

Evening Program:              7:00-8:30        Announcements/Flint Riverkeeper

Tuesday, June 23

Pack up Camp:                    6:00-8:30         Moving to Taylor County High School

Breakfast:                           6:30-8:00          Provided by Camp Thunder

Launch:                               7:00-8:30          Buses Leave for Launch Site

Take-Out:                            2:00-5:00          Buses leave from U.S. 19 boat ramp                               

Dinner:                                 6:30-7:30         Provided by Cotton Gin Cafe in Reynolds  

Evening Programs:               7:30-8:30         Announcements/Southeastern Reptile Rescue Snake Show

Wednesday, June 24

Breakfast:                            6:30-8:00         Provided by Taylor County Schools

Launch:                                7:00-8:30         Buses leave for Launch Site 

Special Program                 9:00-5:00         Paddle Georgia Cleanup Day/Legislators and Professionals’ Day

Take-Out:                            1:00-5:00         Buses leave from Ga. 128 boat ramp

Dinner:                                6:30-7:30         Provided by Mrs. Betty’s Fried Chicken in Butler

Evening Programs               7:00-8:30         Announcements/Hannah Palmer Finding the Flint

Thursday, June 25

Breakfast:                            6:30-8:00         Provided by Taylor County Schools

Launch:                                7:00-8:30         Buses leave for Launch Site

Paddle Lite Reg.                  1:00-8:00         At Taylor County High School

Take-Out                              2:00-5:00         Buses leave from Ga. 96 boat ramp

Dinner:                                  6:00-7:30         Provided by The Butcher Shop in Warner Robins

Evening Program:                 7:00-8:30         Announcements/William Bartram & Documentary Film                             

Friday, June 26

Breakfast:                             6:30-8:00        Provided by Taylor County Schools

Launch:                                 7:00-8:30        Buses leave for Launch Site

Paddle Lite Reg.                    7:00-8:00        Paddle Lite Registration

Take-Out:                              2:00-5:00        Buses leave from Miona Ferry boat ramp

Dinner:                                  6:30-7:30        Provided by Ms. Julia’s in Butler

Evening Program:                  7:00-9:00        Announcements/No Talent Show & Story Telling Slam

Saturday, June 27

Breakfast:                              6:30-8:00         Provided by Taylor County Schools

Launch:                                  7:00-8:30         Buses leave for Launch Site

Take Out:                               2:00-5:00         Buses leave from Hooks Landing in Oglethorpe/Campsite to Campsite Shuttle

River’s End Party:                   1:00-8:00        Games, Music & More Hosted by City of Oglethorpe and Flint Riverkeeper

Vibe Kayak Duck Derby         5:30                  Winning Duck is Plucked! 

River’s End Feast                   6:30-7:30         River’s End Feast Served

Final Announcements            7:00-9:00        Final Announcements/Duck Race Winner/Paddle Georgia 2021/Live Music

SPECIAL PROGRAMS & TOURS  

Throughout the week, Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper will provide numerous opportunities to learn more about the Flint River and the land and culture surrounding it. Please review the following information about special tours and programs and plan on participating! 

Live Auction June 21 7 p.m. 

Our live auction has become a Paddle Georgia favorite, and what makes it the most fun is that Paddle Georgia participants donate products, services or arts and crafts for the auction. This means we all get to learn a little bit about what you do when you are not paddling. Are you a potter? Donate some hand-turned bowls. Do you have a mountain or beach rental that you’d be willing to offer a weekend getaway? Are you a CPA? Donate a tax return filing. Are you a mortician? Donate an embalmment or crematory services. See where we are going with this? If you’d like to donate an item for the live auction, please e-mail Dana Skelton at dana@garivers.org with a brief description and an estimated retail value.

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Citizen Water Monitor Training  

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream instructors will offer chemical water quality monitoring workshops during Paddle Georgia. The training begins with  a 1.5 hour orientation followed by on-river training. During the on-river training, instructors will stop at several locations to demonstrate chemical monitoring protocols, collecting and testing water quality samples. By participating in this training, you’ll have the opportunity to assist in Georgia Adopt-A-Stream’s assessment of the health of the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers and their tributaries the remainder of the week. When you return home, you’ll have a greater understanding of rivers and streams, and you’ll be certified to conduct routine water quality monitoring on a local waterway.

Special Activities for Kids and Adults That Still Think They’re Kids June 20-27

Elementary educator and long-time Paddle Georgia participant Joey Guinta is planning fun activities for youth and the young at heart! These will be activities both on the river and in camp. All ages can participate! Look for more details during registration at Camp Thunder June 20!

River Cleanup June 24

Our annual Paddle Georgia river cleanup will take place on Wednesday, June 24, during our 12-mile journey from U.S. 19 to Ga. 128. Bags and other materials will be provided, and as always, great prizes for the participants in multiple river trash categories courtesy of the Trash Queen, Bonny Putney.

Vibe Kayak Ducky Derby June 27

On June 27 at our River’s End Feast & Celebration, join in the fun of the Vibe Kayak Ducky Derby.  The adoptive parent of the winning duck will take home a Vibe Yellowfin Kayak valued at $800. Here’s how it works: You purchase ducks at $5 each or purchase up to 12 ducks for just $50. If your duck is the one plucked from the water, you’re the winner! Ducks may be purchased during registration or any time during regular GRN desk hours at our campsites. 

Get quacking! All proceeds from the duck race benefit Georgia River Network. 

PADDLE GEORGIA CANOE-A-THON…$40,000 or bust!  

Last year, our Paddle Georgia participants raised more than $30,000 through our Canoe-a-Thon. This year, we’re shooting for a record $40,000!

 We need your help to reach our goal. If every Paddle Georgia participant raised just $130, we would far surpass this goal. Can we count on you to make this a reality? 

We make it simple and easy. Click here to set up a fundraising page on firstgiving.com and then begin soliciting donations to GRN from friends, family, and business associates. Or if you prefer, set up a Facebook fundraising page and donations will go directly to Georgia River Network. 

Top fundraisers win prizes like a new kayak from Cedar Creek Outdoor Center as well as other great merchandise from our Paddle Georgia sponsors.

PADDLE GEORGIA POLICIES, SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS, WHAT TO BRING, WHAT NOT TO BRING AND MORE!  

Paddle Georgia Policies

  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 information packet.
  7. Person-powered watercraft only.
  8. All participants must respect private property along the river.
  9. All participants must possess basic paddling skills.
  10. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
  11. All children must have a designated seat in the vessel in which they are traveling. (no children on decks of kayaks or as “passengers” in cockpits of solo kayaks)
  12. Georgia River Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip.

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

Refund Policy

Registration and meal fees may be reimbursed prior to May 31. Refunds will deduct a 10% processing fee. No refunds are possible after May 31.

What Should I Bring? (here’s a checklist of essential items!) First Aid Kit; Sunscreen; Necessary Medication; Water Bottles (at least 3 quart bottles for each person); At least two paddles for each boat; Flexible mindset; Tent or other shelter, sleeping bag or sleep sack and sleeping pad (if you are camping); proper footwear for river and land; rain gear; whistle for signaling emergency.

Here’s a checklist of suggested optional items: Labels with your name for your boat, luggage, and other personal belongings; Ground Cloth; Reusable Plate/Utensils (wash stations provided); Clothing for weekend; Waterproof Stuff Sacks for Camp Gear; Waterproof stuff sack or case for lunch and other on river items (like dry clothing); Clothes/Swimsuit; Money to tip the caterers; Insect Repellent; Towel/Wash Cloth; Soap, Toothpaste, Toiletries; Flashlight/Head Lamp; Book; Camera; Watertight cases for Boat; Fishing Gear/License; Duct Tape; Sponge; Bailer; Snacks for river and camp; Hat or Cap (don’t forget to get your Paddle Georgia hats!); Bug netting; Extra Length of Rope; Ear Plugs (Some of our paddlers snore!); Sleep Shades (Lights out at 10 p.m.); Laptop & Electronic Communication Devices (optional and frowned upon!); Water Guns/Cannon (optional and encouraged!);  Lightweight long sleeved pants or shirts for bug protection in the evening; Layered non-cotton clothing. 

What Shouldn’t I Bring? No alcohol Permitted

16 Things You Should Bring on the Water Each Day 

  1. At least two paddles for each boat.
  2. PFD—every Paddle Georgia participant must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device at all times while on the river (no ifs, ands, buts or “gee, it’s really hot!” – this policy is STRICTLY enforced)
  3. Every canoe should have two lines, a bow line and a stern line 8-10 feet each in length secured in such a way that they are readily accessible, but cannot come loose accidentally. Loose rope increases the risk of entanglement in the event of capsize. Kayaks should have grab loops at both bow and stern.
  4. An extra throw rope in case of emergencies should be stored safely in each boat.
  5. Attach a whistle to your life vest or body to signal for help in case of emergency.
  6. A Knife
  7. Waterproof matches or other fire source in waterproof covering.
  8. First Aid Kit—while boats will be on the river with basic first aid supplies, each vessel should bring a first aid kit stored inside a waterproof bag or container.
  9. A repair kit—each vessel should be able to make their own repairs (duct tape, sealant, waterproof tape and other materials are recommended)
  10. Rain Gear—Be prepared to get wet and potentially cold. Every participant should have access to a lightweight rain jacket and rain pants in a waterproof bag or container.
  11. Change of Clothes—Be prepared to take an unexpected swim. Every participant should have access to a dry change of clothes kept in a waterproof bag or container.
  12. Appropriate footwear that will protect your feet from unseen underwater hazards and permit you to walk comfortably on land when launching and taking out and in the event that you must exit the Paddle Georgia course.
  13. Sunscreen—Sunburn might be the trip’s biggest hazard.
  14. Water Bottle or Three —At least three quarts per person per day is recommended. Bring sufficient water for the day’s paddle for everyone in your boat. Also consider bringing electrolyte packs or powdered sports drink mix to add to your water to avoid dehydration. Drinking water is not available along the Paddle Georgia route and no drink is provided w/ sack lunches. Many paddlers will fill one bottle with water and another with sports drinks (provided each morning for you to fill your own bottles).
  15. Food—There is no access to food along the Paddle Georgia route. Sack lunches are provided to participants. No drink is included with the lunch.
  16. Dry Bag or Ziploc—Bring a waterproof bag to protect items you don’t want to get wet, including your lunch.

Paddle Georgia Safety Procedures

Paddle Georgia participants should be aware that this canoe trip is not a commercially-guided trip. While Georgia River Network and Paddle Georgia staff will be available on the river during each day’s paddle and participants with medical and/or First Aid training will be identified, we cannot personally ensure the safety of all participants. Unlike a commercial trip in which paid guides direct you through each bend of the river, Paddle Georgia is designed to be your adventure, and as such, you are responsible for your own safety. All participants are assuming risks (some of which are outlined below) while participating in Paddle Georgia.

Skill Level Required: Paddle Georgia is suitable for novice paddlers, however, this year’s route includes Class I shoals and rapids that may pose challenges for less experienced paddlers. Participants should have a basic understanding of paddle strokes, should be able to control their vessels in moving water and be capable of self-rescue in moving or deep water. If you are new to paddling, we highly recommend that you take a canoe/kayak paddling course prior to the trip. 

For a reminder of basic paddling safety practices, watch this American Canoe Association Video.

Weather: Average High Temperature: 89 F; Average Low Temperature: 69 F. Average June Rainfall: 3 inches. 40 percent daily chance of rain. 

Hazards:                              

Strainers—Strainers are branches, trees, vegetation or other partially or totally submerged obstacles in the river’s current often found along the river’s edge. These hazards allow only water to pass through freely. The current will pull anything else down, plastering it into place, similar to the action of a kitchen colander. It is best to approach submerged trees or logs along the river bank from the downstream side to avoid having the current pin your boat against the obstacle or flipped by the force of the water. You should also avoid grabbing on to low hanging branches of partially submerged vegetation as this action can often cause your boat to capsize. To avoid a multi-boat pile up, leave enough room between boats to allow each boat to safely navigate around these obstacles.

Weather—Strong thunderstorms and high winds are not uncommon. In the event of inclement weather that includes the risk of lightning, paddle to shore, secure your boat and find cover under a dense stand of small trees. Avoid open areas, especially open areas with solitary trees, and avoid gathering in large groups. By dispersing yourselves over a large area, you reduce the risk of lightning striking numerous individuals at one time. Squatting, with your feet on a personal flotation device or seat cushion, is a good idea when in the midst of a thunderstorm (while on solid ground—not in your boat!).

Sun and Heat—Hats and appropriate sun screen are recommended. If you get too hot, the river comes with built in air conditioning – get in and cool off. You should carry at least three quarts of water each day to avoid dehydration. Sports drinks with electrolytes are also recommended. The first two days are usually the most difficult as we acclimate from spending lots of time in air-conditioned buildings to spending all day in 80-90-degree heat. Prepare by drinking lots of fluids in the days leading up to the trip.

Water Temperature—The combination of cold water and a cold afternoon thunderstorm raises the risk of dangerous changes in body temperature. Be prepared with rain gear and layered clothing that stays warm even when wet (avoid cotton).

Water Quality – Due to a variety of conditions, water quality can vary and organisms that cause illness may be present. Swimming and submersion in the water increase the risk of contracting water-borne illnesses. Ingesting river water should be avoided and cuts and sores should be kept out of the water and treated if exposed.

Trash—Unfortunately, the Flint River collects refuse from surrounding communities. Proper footwear and exercising caution can prevent unnecessary injuries. Participants should wear sandals or shoes that provide adequate protection from broken bottles, rusted appliance parts and tin cans and anything else you might find at your local landfill.

Venomous Snakes—The Flint River and the land surrounding it are potential habitats for four venomous snakes—rattlesnakes, water moccasins, copperheads and coral snakes. If you encounter any snakes, simply leave them alone. Should you have the misfortune of being bitten, remain calm and get medical assistance as quickly as possible. Bites from these venomous snakes are rarely fatal, given proper medical attention. At any given moment on this trip you will not be more than a few hours from a hospital.

Terra Firma—On their journey, the river winds past varied terrain. Please step carefully when paying visits to land. The limestone geology of the area creates many sharp-edged and irregular rock formations. Close toed water shoes are recommended. Flip flops should not be worn on the river. 

Your Fellow Paddlers—This is a journey involving many individuals with varying degrees of skill level. Space yourselves so that you do not interfere with one another when maneuvering around obstacles. Pileups on the river can be just as dangerous as those that occur on interstate highways.

Paddle Georgia “Buddy System”

We will rely on the “Buddy System” to ensure that all participants arrive safely at the day’s take-out point. Before each day’s paddle, identify your “buddy boat or boats.” This will be the boat or group of boats with whom you will paddle for the day. The group is responsible for ensuring that if someone needs help on the river that someone is nearby to provide help and that no one is left behind. Do not lose sight of your buddy boat or members of your buddy boat group. Participants who have not identified a buddy boat for the day’s paddle will not be permitted to launch from the day’s put-in point. A sweep boat will bring up the rear of the day’s paddle to further ensure that no one is left behind

For tips on kayak safety, watch this American Canoe Association intructional video:

Other Considerations

What do I do if I capsize? On slow moving water, stay with your boat and swim it to shore or shallow water where you can dump the water and right your vessel. It floats even when full with water and can support you if you become tired. Make sure your belongings are secured to your boat to keep from losing them in the event of a capsize. Your fellow buddy boaters can assist in recovering any belongings and help you right your boat.In fast-moving water or rapids, get away and upstream from your boat until you reach slower moving water. Float on your back, feet downstream.  Don’t try to stand in fast-moving water.  Rocks or other objects can trap your feet and the force of the water can hold you under. Moving canoes filled with water can pin or crush paddlers against rocks or trees.

In the event of inclement weather…As noted above, thunderstorms are not uncommon, however, usually these afternoon-variety showers do not last long. If you are on the river during a storm event, take appropriate cover as described above, wait out the storm and continue your journey when it appears safe. Protective facilities along the river for large groups are not available.

We will make every effort to ensure that each day’s paddle is completed in full. However, if all-day dangerous weather is predicted, Paddle Georgia will be cancelled for the day. Boats will be shuttled to the day’s next put-in point. Rain alone does not constitute dangerous weather. All participants are expected to paddle rain or shine, or they may make their own arrangements for moving themselves and their boats to the next put-in and campsite. Exceptions may be made for families paddling with small children.

Swimming…Swimming is permitted with PFDs, but of course, swim at your own risk. Water quality on this journey varies due to point and non-point source pollution. Water quality is generally at its least healthy immediately following rain events—this is especially true downstream of urban areas.

Private Property…As you will see, the Flint takes you through many a neighbor’s backyard. Private property must be respected. It is illegal to trespass onto someone’s property, and it is an offense that is prosecutable by law. You may not enter someone’s property unless you have first received permission. At least one rest stop, with portable toilet facilities and/or restrooms will be available at the approximate midway point of each day’s paddle, therefore it is imperative that you make use of bathroom facilities when they are available. If nature calls, please use a camp trowel and cover all human waste appropriately or carry a sealable plastic bag to remove your waste with you.

Communication in the Event of Emergency…There will be cellular phones on the river at all times (one with the lead boat, one with the sweep boat and others in between). In the event of an emergency in which a person must be evacuated off the river as quickly as possible, call 911. Using your Paddle Georgia map or other map, provide your location on the river. Identify nearest evacuation point and communicate that information to 911. After calling 911, contact Georgia River Network staff (numbers will be distributed). 

Universal River Signals…Participants are expected to use universal river signals to communicate with other boats. They are as follows:

  • Stop: Potential Danger Ahead—Form a horizontal bar with your paddle and outstretched arms above your head. Those seeing this signal should pass it back to others in the party. Participants should wait for the “all clear signal” before proceeding.
  • All Clear—Form a vertical bar with your paddle, raising your arm and paddle above your head. The paddle blade should be turned flat for maximum visibility. This means the trip can proceed. To signal direction or preferred course through an obstacle, lower the all clear to a 45 degree angle toward the side of the river with the preferred route.
  • Help/Emergency—Wave paddle over your head and give three long blasts on your whistle. Whistles are best carried attached to your life vest. This means other paddlers should assist the signaler as quickly as possible.
  • I’m OK—Holding your elbow out to the side, repeatedly pat the top of your head with your hand. This signals that you are not hurt and do not need assistance.

PADDLE GEORGIA INFORMATION APPENDICES  

GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK STAFF, DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO LAUNCH SITES, CAMPSITES, ETC. 

Georgia River Network & Paddle Georgia Staff: These hardworking folks will be on hand to make sure your trip is the best that it can be. If you have questions, seek out one of these individuals!

Rena Stricker–Executive Director

Joe Cook–Paddle Georgia Director

Gwyneth Moody–Director of Programs & Outreach

Dana Skelton–Director of Advocacy and Operations

Daniel Peiken–Campsite Manager

Bret Eady–Campsite Manager

Jesslyn Shields–Launch Site/Take Out Coordinator

About Our Route: This year’s 99-mile route on the Flint River is highlighted by the Pine Mountain and Sprewell Bluff area through which the Flint carves a picturesque gorge. The route continues through beautiful Yellow Jacket and Hightower shoals where shoals spider lilies bloom in late May and early June in profusion. From there, the Flint flows across the fall line and into Georgia’s Coastal Plain where it takes on meandering ways with many sandbars, cut banks, bluffs and oxbows. Check out the map below to view our launch/takeout sites and our campsite locations.

Driving Directions to Campsites (For directions to Camp Thunder, see registration information above. For directions to Oglethorpe City Park see Kick Off Day Shuttle information): 

Directions to Taylor County High School from I-75 Southbound: From Exit 187 (Forsyth) travel south on Lee Street (Ga. 42) 18.6 miles to Musella. Turn left on U.S. 341 and proceed 5.9 miles to Roberta. Turn right on Ga. 128 (Agency St.) and proceed 6.6 miles.  Turn right on Ga. 137 and proceed 13.1 mile to Butler. Turn right on Main Street and proceed 0.1 mile. Turn left on Oak Street and proceed 0.1 mile to high school on right.

Directions to Taylor County High School from I-75 Northbound: From Exit 136 (U.S. 341/Perry/Ft. Valley) travel west on U.S. 341 10.7 miles to Ft. Valley. Turn right on Oakland Heights Parkway and proceed 0.4 mile. Turn left on Ga. 96 toward Reynolds and proceed 3.4 miles. Turn left and proceed 17.7 miles to Butler. Turn right on Oak Street and proceed 0.8 mile to high school on left. 

Driving Directions to Launch Sites from Campsites:

JUNE 21 CAMP THUNDER TO GA. 74 BOAT RAMP NEAR WOODBURY:  From pavilion and registration area, return via Dripping Rocks Road 1.3 miles. Turn left on Dripping Rocks Road and continue 1.7 miles to Ga. 74. Turn left and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn left on River Cove Road and then immediately left again on road to boat ramp. Boat Drop Coordinates: 32.989064, -84.529640

JUNE 22 CAMP THUNDER TO SPREWELL BLUFF PARK LAUNCH SITE: Return to Ga. 74 via Dripping Rocks Road, Thundering Springs Road. Turn right on Ga. 74 and travel 1.2 miles. Turn right on Hendricks Church Road and proceed 4.4. miles. At fork bear right continuing on Hendricks Church Road 0.1 mile.  Turn right on Fork Road and proceed 1.7 miles. Turn right on Old Alabama Road and proceed 2.8 miles to boat landing. 

JUNE 23 CAMP THUNDER TO PO BIDDY ROAD BOAT RAMP: Return to Ga. 74 via Dripping Rocks Road, Thundering Springs Road. Turn right on Ga. 74 and travel 12.8 miles to downtown Thomaston. Turn right on U.S. 19 (Church Street) and proceed 3.1 miles. Turn right on Maulding Road and travel 0.1 mile. Turn left on to Indian Trail and proceed 0.3 mile. Bear right on Po Biddy Road and proceed 5.6 miles to entrance to boat ramp on left. 

JUNE 24 TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO U.S. 19 BOAT RAMP: From high school, take Oak Street 0.1 mile to Main Street in Butler. Turn left and proceed 0.3 mile. Turn right on to North Broad Street (U.S. 19 North) and proceed 12.8 miles to boat ramp entrance on right.

JUNE 25 TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO GA. 128 BOAT RAMP: From high school, take Oak Street 0.1 mile to Main Street in Butler. Turn right and proceed 0.5 mile. Turn left on M.L.K Jr. Road (Ga. 137) and proceed 12.6 miles. Turn left on Ga. 128 and proceed 0.5 mile to entrance to boat ramp on left. 

JUNE 26 TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO GA. 96 BOAT RAMP: From high school, travel south on Oak Street 0.8 mile. Turn left on Ga. 96 and proceed 13.2 miles to entrance to boat ramp on right.

JUNE 27 TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO MIONA FERRY BOAT RAMP: From high school, travel south on Oak Street 0.8 mile. At Ga. 96 continue straight on to Crossroad School Road and continue for 8 miles. Turn left on Ga. 127 and proceed 7.1 miles. Turn right on Ga. 127/Ga. 128 and proceed 0.5 mile. Turn left on Ga. 127 and proceed 3.5 miles. Turn left on East Ferry Road and proceed 0.5 mile to boat ramp.

Driving Directions from Launch Site to Take Out Sites:

JUNE 21 GA. 74 BOAT RAMP TO SPREWELL BLUFF TAKE OUT: From launch site, return to Ga. 74. Turn right and proceed 4.5 miles. Turn right on Hendricks Church Road and proceed proceed 4.4. miles. At fork bear right continuing on Hendricks Church Road 0.1 mile.  Turn right on Fork Road and proceed 1.7 miles. Turn right on Old Alabama Road and proceed 2.8 miles to boat landing. 

JUNE 22 SPREWELL BLUFF TO PO BIDDY ROAD TAKE OUT: From launch site, return on Old Alabama Road 4.7 miles to Roland Road. Turn right on Roland Road and proceed 2.1 miles. Turn left on Ga. 36 and proceed 5.2 miles. Turn right on Old Talbotton Road and proceed 0.2 mile. Turn left on Veterans Drive and proceed 0.5 mile. Turn right on U.S. 19 (Church Street) and proceed 2.3 miles. Turn right on Maulding Road and travel 0.1 mile. Turn left on to Indian Trail and proceed 0.3 mile. Bear right on Po Biddy Road and proceed 5.6 miles to entrance to boat ramp on left. 

JUNE 23 PO BIDDY ROAD TO U.S. 19 TAKE OUT:  From entrance to Po Biddy Road boat ramp, turn left and proceed 1.9 miles. Turn left on Smith Road and proceed 4.9 miles. Turn left on U.S. 80 and proceed 7.5 miles. Turn left on U.S. 19 and proceed 0.6 mile to entrance to boat ramp on right. 

JUNE 24 U.S. 19 TO GA. 128 TAKE OUT: From entrance to U.S. 19 boat ramp, turn left and proceed 5.8 miles. Turn left on Ga. 208 and proceed 4.5 miles. Turn left on Ga. 137 and proceed 4.5 miles. Turn left on Ga. 128 and proceed 0.5 miles to entrance to boat ramp on left.

JUNE 25 GA. 128 TO GA. 96 TAKE OUT: From entrance to Ga. 128 boat ramp, turn right on Ga. 128 and proceed 8.2 miles to Reynolds. Turn left on Ga. 96 and proceed 5.2 miles to entrance to boat ramp on right.

JUNE 26 GA. 96 TO MIONA FERRY TAKE OUT: From entrance to Ga. 96 boat ramp, turn left and proceed 5.2 miles to Reynolds. Turn left on Ga. 128 (Winston St.) and proceed 8.9 miles. Turn left on Ga. 127 and proceed 3.5 miles. Turn left on East Ferry Road and proceed 0.5 mile to boat ramp.

JUNE 27 MIONA FERRY TO HOOKS LANDING TAKE OUT: From boat ramp return to Ga. 127 on East Ferry Road. Turn left on to Ga. 127 and proceed 0.7 mile. Turn right on Ga. 49 and proceed 9.6 miles to Montezuma. In Montezuma, turn right on to Oglethorpe Road (Ga. 49) and proceed 1.2 mile to entrance to Hooks Landing on right.

 Driving Directions from Campsite to Campsite (Campsite to Campsite Shuttles)

JUNE 23 CAMP THUNDER TO TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Return to Ga. 74 via Dripping Rock Road and Thundering Springs Road. Turn right on Ga. 74 and proceed 12.8 miles to Thomaston. Turn right on Church Street (U.S. 19) and proceed 27.8 miles to Butler. Turn left on Main Street and proceed 0.4 mile. Turn right on Oak Street and proceed 0.1 mile to high school on right.

June 27 TAYLOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO OGLETHORPE CITY PARK: From school, turn right on Oak Street and proceed 0.8 mile to Ga. 96. Turn right and proceed 1.1 mile. Turn left on U.S. 19 and proceed 7.7 miles. Turn left on Ga. 90 and proceed 17.6 miles to Oglethorpe City Park on left. 

 

 

Paddle Georgia 2020
is

a project of
Georgia River Network

in partnership with
Flint Riverkeeper

Georgia River Network

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