Georgia River Network Announces 2022 Georgia River Paddle Adventure Program


Georgia River Network, the only Georgia state defense organization dedicated solely to protecting Georgia’s water, aims to introduce more than 600 people to Georgia’s waterways during 2022 through a series of trips to the Georgia River Network. paddling and boating safety training.

From the creator of Paddle Georgia, a canoe / kayak camping adventure that attracts over 300 people and has become the nation’s largest week-long river adventure, Georgia River Network is once again adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing by offering a series of small-group adventures starting in January and ending in November 2022.

The organization has scheduled canoe / kayak camping weekends on the Okefenokee and St. Marys Rivers in January, the Alapaha River in March, and the Ohoopee River in April. More than a dozen additional trips will follow. Registration for these events begins December 20 at 8 a.m. Places are limited for each trip to approximately 30 participants.

“The pandemic has made it difficult to organize large group events,” said Joe Cook, coordinator of Paddle Georgia, “Over the past year, to keep everyone safe, we’ve limited our trips to around 30 people to better prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. ”

At the same time, the organization has seen an increase in interest in river recreation, as people flocked outdoors during the pandemic. Paddle sports equipment sales jumped 56% in June 2020 from the previous year and continued to grow in 2021.

“The demand for canoes and kayaks is at an all time high,” Cook said. “Interest in our adventures has followed trends reported by paddle sports retailers. For our organization, this is an opportunity to convert this interest in paddle sports into action to protect our rivers.

During Georgia River Network trips, participants are introduced to river flora and fauna and river defense issues through educational programs, including optional citizen water monitoring trainings in the area. part of Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream program. Some trips involve cleaning up the river, others explore the history of the local river. All serve as a fundraiser for the Georgia River Network, which uses the funds to protect rivers and develop the state’s Water Trail System, a network of boating trails connected by public access points on several rivers. from Georgia.

In early 2022, the organization will release a Georgia River Guide smartphone app with in-depth information on more than 30 water trails across the state.

Georgia River Network’s 2022 Paddle Georgia River Adventure program includes:

January 14-16 — Okefenokee-St. Marys River — Two days of paddling and two nights camping at Traders Hill Campground to explore the Okefenokee Marsh 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 that runs through Echols County and heads to Florida.

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

May 6-8 — Yellow River / Alcovy — Two days paddling these tributaries of the Ocmulgee River with two nights camping at the historic Salem Campground in Newton County. This trip is designed for families and children.

May 21 — Etowah River — A full 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 full-day adventure on this intimate cove fringed by soaring limestone cliffs to celebrate this water trail in Catoosa County, North Georgia.

June 19-25 — Paddle Georgia the Chattahoochee River — Our seven day adventure returns to its birthplace in 2005! This small-group trip from Buford Dam, through Atlanta and to Heard County Headquarters in Franklin is only for Georgia River Network supporters participating in our annual Canoe-a-thon fundraising contest.

July 23 — Chattahoochee River — A full day adventure on the Chattahoochee River as it runs along the Alabama-Georgia border from the West Point Dam to the mill village of Riverview. The trip includes portages around two historic mill dams that the Georgia Power Company will soon be removing, restoring natural flows to this section of the river.

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

August 20-21 —Conasauga Snorkel & Paddle Weekend — Two days exploring the upper Conasauga River watershed, including snorkeling in the river’s famous “Snorkel Hole” and a paddle excursion along the river in Murray and Whitfield Counties.

September 10 — Oconee River Full Moon Paddle — An overnight Harvest Moon adventure, exploring the Oconee River which stretches to Lake Oconee in Greene County.

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

October 28-30 — Ossabaw Island Adventure — Two days of paddling and camping on this famous barrier island in Chatham County.

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

November 19 — Ebenezer Creek / Savannah River — A full day adventure on this historic black water creek and the Savannah River in Effingham County.


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