Archive for February, 2013

Belvedere River Cleanup:


Date: Mar 2, 2013   10:00 AM
Organizer: Julia Kortrey
Organizing Group: G-1804 Emory Student Alumni Board
Phone: 4789571813
Ages: All ages
Water body: Intersection of Fairlee Dr. and Line St


For more cleanups in the State visit RiversAlive website: http://www.riversalive.com/ra_cleanups.asp

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Georgia Water Trails News

Clearinghouse Corner
Trails in the News
Upcoming Events
Useful Resources
Flotsam and Jetsam
How Can Others Sign Up for This List

Clearinghouse Corner
gwtcsmall.jpg Greetings fellow river rats!
We are so excited to have all of this wonderful rain and hope that it recharges the ground water enough to keep Georgia rivers up for paddling this year! Fingers crossed…

If you haven’t already signed up for our 2013 Georgia River Challenge – then what are you waiting for?  It’s a great opportunity to share the experience of paddling with folks who would otherwise not go on their own!   Also make sure that the 4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling trips are on your calendar. This will be an awesome opportunity to explore a hidden gem in 4 different watersheds which you’ve more than likey never seen before!

As always, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or come by for a visit if you have any questions, concerns, need resources, or just want to chat about rivers.

Keep on rollin’ on the river,

Gwyneth Moody

Trail Developments and Trails in the News! 

1. Dub Denman Canoe Trail Soon to be Officially on the Map

TallapoosariverThe 23.8 mile Dub Denman Canoe Trail located on the Tallapoosa River is soon to be officially on the map after years of planning. Five sites along the Tallapoosa River are being considered for trail access, including two on county property and three on private property. Two of the three access point require stream buffer variances which are awaiting approval. Tallapoosa Planning Coordinator, Patrick Clarey, explained that the city has been moving forward with two of the original five proposed kayak and canoe launch sites with the help of a $51,150 Georgia Department of Natural Resources grant awarded to the county. The launch sites will include concrete staircases and wooden canoe launches, where needed, as well as gravel parking lots, trash receptacles and signage.

Read more about the Dub Denman Canoe Trail in the Times-Georgian and on our Water Trails website. If you have any questions contact Patrick Clarey at tigerroooo@aol.com 770-574-3108

2. Visit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Sit with Otis Redding!
otis reddingLegendary musician Otis Redding is memorialized in a life size statue at beautiful Gateway Park, trailhead of the Ocmulgee River Heritage Trail.
Sit with him on the dock, hum your favorite Otis tune, picnic on the grassy hillside overlooking the river or drop a line for the catch of the day.Check out the Macon website for more information about the Ocmulgee Heritage trail as well as on our Water Trails Website.

3. Have You Signed Up for Our 2013 Georgia River Challenge? What are You Waiting for? ~ Take 13 People Paddling in 2013 ~

Share the joy of paddling Georgia’s rivers with friends and family who otherwise would not go on their own!

coastal bluewayGeorgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways – by taking 13 people, who might not otherwise go on their own, paddling in 2013.

The goal of this year’s ‘Take 13 People Paddling in 2013’ challenge is to promote Georgia’s growing water trail movement and send more people to the Georgia Water Trails Website to identify water trails to paddle, locate outfitters, find organized paddling trips or plan their own trip with friends and family who have little to no paddling experience.

To join the list of paddlers participating, just send an email to gwyneth@garivers.org with your name and address to sign up.

Upcoming Events

Organized Paddling Trips
There are lots of upcoming paddling trips all over Georgia. To learn more about these events see our calendar. To have your water trail events added to the calendar, just send the details with a note to info@garivers.org.

1. Have you Gotten Wild and Scenic yet? Well Get Ready for March 3!

Get your tickets NOW for our 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. They are selling FAST- in fact, we’ve already sold nearly all of our available tickets, so get your ASAP. The festival takes place at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Midtown Atlanta. Attendees will enjoy complimentary SweetWater beer (for patrons 21-plus with a valid ID). PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Get inspired by the following film trailers and well see y’all there!

Carbon for Water, about a practical solution in providing clean water in Kenya’s Western Province; Julio Solis: A MoveShake Story, about a dedicated sea turtle preservationist in Mexico; and How the Kids Saved the Parks, about a grassroots effort to keep all of California’s state parks open.

2. Weekend For Rivers Registration NOW OPEN- Learn about The Value of Water!

WFR Image girlIn 2013, Weekend for Rivers is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act by focusing on “The Value of Water.”

Weekend for Rivers will take place on April 6-7, 2013 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Click here to Register and learn more and remember early bird registration ends March 1st!

3. Mark your Calendar for the 4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling Events:

2013-Unveiling-Full-pageWebEach paddling trip will include lunch and presentations along the way ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river cleanup training and kayak fishing.

The location of these hidden gems within the following watersheds will be unveiled soon! Stay tuned for more detail.

*Chattahoochee Watershed Hidden Gem PaddleMay 18 (GRN, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Keeping it Wild & Chattahoochee Riverkeeper)

*Etowah River Hidden Gem Paddle and Book LaunchAug 4 (GRN, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance and Cherokee Historical Society)*Central Savannah Watershed Hidden Gem PaddleSept 7 (GRN, Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle4Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper)*Altamaha River Watershed Hidden Gem PaddleNov 16 (GRN, Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper)

4. Etowah River Guide Book- Available May, 2013

Announcing the Georgia River Network Guidebooks series!

The Etowah River User’s Guide is the first in a series of books to be published by Georgia River Network and the UGA Press in May 2013.

Click here to learn more.

Useful Resources

1. Who Wants an Interactive Water Trail Map for their Water Trail?
The altamaha mapGeorgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Unit and Georgia River Network are working in partnership to develop web-based interactive maps for Georgia‘s water trails. Our goal is to create an interactive map for all water trails throughout the State.Water trails that satisfy the GRN Clearinghouse Criteria will be included on the map as established water trails.  We will have separate map layers for those water trails that are still in the conceptual and developing stages.

If you represent a Water Trail that has been established or is in the developing stage please email gwyneth@garivers.org so we can collaborate on data collection and verification.

2.  Find out How to have a National Water Trail Designated in your Community!

nwtsYou can now experience the new National Water Trails System through an interactive website that connects users to rivers and waterways through stories and tools.

Water trail managers can apply for designation through an easy online application, and visitors can learn more about designated trails through a photo gallery, dynamic stories, and videos. An interactive map and new search functions make it easy for users to find national water trails throughout the country. Visit the new site at www.nps.gov/watertrails.

3.  You May Know ‘Trails don’t just happen’ but Public Users May Not-Use Signs!

signbirdThe message that “trails don’t just happen” is vital in nurturing public support for the funding sources behind trails. The source of funds for land acquisition as well as facilities is also important. Some programs are specific to a locality, such as sales tax support. Other projects are funded by state sources, such as lotteries. Many trails are partly funded by grants from federal funds, such as the Recreational Trails Program and the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

Check out our Water Trail Website for Signage ideas and see a gallery of photos of funding signs from the National Trails Training Partnership.

Flotsam and Jetsam

1. Get Fit on a Stand-Up Paddle Board – Whether You are Looking for a Calm Relaxing Experience or a Hard-core Workout!

paddle board 4Stand-up paddling exercise has been described as everything from great, fun and exciting to calming and intense. Stand-up paddle boarding is an ancient form of surfing, yet it is most widely enjoyed on relatively flat water.

Most cities are founded on waterways, so most people have access to a stretch of water where they can get out for a “stroll on the water.” Paddle boarding can be very easy and gentle gliding or it can be flat-out sprinting – depending on whether you are looking for a calm relaxing experience or a hard-core workout. Read full article HERE

2. Ever Tried Emptying a Swamped Canoe When You are in Deep Water?

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Try the “Capistrano Flip”…

Check out this short video and learn new techniques that you can add to your list of groovy paddling skills.


3. Have You Entered a Photo for GRN’s Monthly Photo Showcase and Staff Pick?

January Photo showcaseEach month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the theme.

We will showcase everyone’s photos on our website and social media and one photo per month will receive the illustrious title of ‘GRN Staff Pick of the Month’ and the chosen photo’s author will receive a surprise token of gratitude. Watch January’s Photo Showcase HERE. Email your photo to gwyneth@garivers.org and Click here to learn more.

How can others can sign up for this water trails list? 
Visit http://garivers.org/make-a-difference/sign-up-for-info.html and fill out the sign up form.

Please send news and developments on your trail, contributions to be included in the newsletter, and any suggestions to gwyneth@garivers.org

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Full-moon_paddle_opt_tcm18-51253Saturday, February 23, 2013

5:30 PM

View a beautiful sunset over Lake Juliette, weather permitting.
Paddle to see Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer all lit up.
Have a snack on an island.

Lake Juliette

Dames Ferry Park, Jackson, GAMeet at Dames Ferry Park, 22 miles south of Jackson, GA on US 23
South on I-75 to exit 185, turn left (East) on Hwy 118 for 10 miles and turn left (North) on US 23, go 1.6 miles to entrance.
$3 parking fee

Moonrise@ 4:42 PM
Sunset @ 6:27 PM

No flashlights, just glow sticks or headlamps.

Contact info: Ralph Bartow


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~GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event!~

When: April 6-7, 2013
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia

Cost: $45 for adults (before March 1st, $50 after March 1st), $40 for the kid’s program.  Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, shuttles for Sunday paddle on the Chattahoochee River and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. Participants will need to pack their own lunch for the river on Sunday.  No daily rate will be offered, but tickets to the party for those who are not registered for the

weekend can be purchased for $25/ticket.




The Basics

Speaker Biographies
Highlights and Extras
Mini-Paddle Georgia
Boat Rental Information
River Celebration Awards and Party
Information about the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Event Sponsors

The Basics

Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!

Join us April 6th for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds expressing their passion for rivers with  inspiring presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy and honor them.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center or participate in a fun field trip: test out a kayak, participate in a meditation exercise or even try your luck in our Chattahoochee Nature Center scavenger hunt!

In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (indoor and outdoor camping will be available, Paddle Georgia-style–OR you can just get a hotel room). The next morning, we’ll wake up and paddle a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River!   The experience will be as close to the real thing as possible (right down to the bus shuttles, the gym camping and the Satterfield’s catering) for the uninitiated as well as for all you Paddle Georgia fanatics who regularly plead with us to plan more than one event each year. Thanks go to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who lead popular trips and events on the ‘Hooch all the time, in supporting us on the paddle.


Click here to view the Weekend for Rivers agenda!


You can register for Weekend for Rivers 2013 right now! Register online HERE, or if you’d rather fax (706.549.7791) or mail in (126 S. Milledge Ave. Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605) in your registration, you can find a pdf of our registration form HERE.

Speaker Biographies

Click here to see who will be presenting at Weekend for Rivers this year.


Click here to read up on the kinds of presentations you’ll get to see at Weekend for Rivers.

Highlights and Extras

River Cafe Conversations

9:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Kingfisher Hall

The River Cafe Conversations bring together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore questions that matter in intimate “cafe style” conversations. At tables of 4-6 people, we’ll set the space for you to do your most creative thinking, speaking and listening; taking a deep dive into several thought-provoking questions that have real consequences for the river movement.

In these open dialogues everyone’s contribution matters because we know that ideas and passion can emerge from the most surprising places. You’ll move between tables and conversations, meeting new people who will actively challenge your thinking, perhaps sparking an entirely new insight and connection. By sharing our discoveries, we’ll harvest the wisdom of the group and find new ways to tackle the issues that matter the most to us who love rivers.

Kayak Demonstration

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center pond

The Outside World and Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will be showing off all kinds of boats on the Chattahoochee Nature Center pond.  You can stop by and try one out! Or even buy one!

Nature Center Scavenger Hunt

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: TBD

Join us for a wild goose chase around the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Hunt down clues in teams and be the first to get to the end. Win fabulous prizes!!!

Nature Meditation Sessions

Two meditation sessions are offered. Participate in one or both. The meditations are designed to be both calming and refreshing for the mind and body. The meditations are suitable for all, with a special welcome to those who have not meditated before.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Elements meditation: In this seated, guided meditation, we will use our senses to notice the elements of earth, air, heat, and water as they are present in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. Afterward, join us for the walking meditation, go enjoy the many other offerings, or just relax on the grounds.

5:20 PM – 6:00 PM
Walking meditation: We will take a slow, quiet walk along the trails in a contemplative mood. Attending to the senses and our movements, we will silently notice the flow of life in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. While the walk will be silent, we will have an opportunity at the end to share what we observed and learned.

Mini-Paddle Georgia

Have you ever wanted to just try Paddle Georgia without committing to a whole week? Are you a Paddle Georgia veteran who can’t wait until the end of June to get your fix? Either way, on April 7th, we’re packing everything folks love about Paddle Georgia into one day: the great time on the river, the gymnasium (or outdoor) camping, the bus shuttles–even the same caterer will be the same! We’re paddling 6.5 miles down the Chattahoochee from Johnson’s Ferry to Paces Mill.


7am: Wake up! Breakfast is served in Kingfisher Hall

8-8:30: Drive to Johnson’s Ferry with your boat. Leave it here, we’ll have a boat guardian watching while you drive your car to the take out.

8:30-9: Drive to Paces Mill, park your car, and take the shuttle back to Johnson’s Ferry.

9:30: Start Paddling!

3pm: Take out at Paces Mill

Johnson’s Ferry address: 9 Sherwood Lane, Marietta, GA

Paces Mill address: 3444 Cobb Parkway SE Atlanta, GA

Here’s a video of what you might see!

Boat Rental Information

You’ll be able to rent kayaks from the Broad River Outfitters for $30 for the day.  More information to come!

River Celebration Awards and Party

Join your friends at the Georgia River Network’s Weekend For Rivers Party on Saturday, April 6th at 7pm at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for dinner by Satterfields, beer and wine, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle GA Port-Potty-Auction and River Celebration Awards.

To buy tickets for the party only, click HERE.

Register for the entire weekend if you would like to attend the educational sessions, camp out and paddle on the river the next day.


From Roswell Road (Highway 9/U.S. 19):
(Heading North from Atlanta or I-285).
At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From GA 400 Northbound:
Exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From GA 400 Southbound:
Exit Northridge Road (exit #6). At the top of the ramp is a traffic light. Travel straight through the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From Marietta and All Points West:
Take Highway 120 (also called Marietta Highway or Upper Roswell Road) east toward the city of Roswell. Cross Johnson Ferry Road and travel approximately four miles to Willeo Road. At a traffic light, turn right onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one mile on the right.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Info

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia.  It has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife.  For 30 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.

Click here for more information.


If you choose not to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday night, rooms for the event will be blocked at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076.  To reserve a room at $79/night, call 770-992-9600 and tell them you’re with Weekend for Rivers. 10 rooms have been blocked for the nights of April 5th and 6th. Click HERE to see the DoubleTree website.


Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Bud & Mary Freeman, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Rain Barrel Depot, Broad River Watershed Association


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Paddle Georgia set to ride Flint

~Albany Herald.com~

ALBANY, Ga. — Gentlemen and ladies, start your kayaks.

flintPGPaddle Georgia, a project of Georgia River Network is entering its ninth year, officials say, and has opened registration for the 106-mile canoe and kayak paddle down the lower Flint River June 15-21.

According to GRN, in previous years organizers have guided more than 2,400 paddlers on more than 800 miles of Georgia rivers, including the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, Flint, Coosawattee-Oostanaula, Broad-Savanna, Oconee and Altamaha. The trips have generated more than $125,000 for the purpose of protecting Georgia’s rivers. Officials say the 350 available paddle spots were claimed within 14 days from the opening of registration.

“The event has become a hot ticket, so we’re encouraging people to make their plans for the summer now,” said Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia coordinator in a special release. “This is a unique opportunity to vacation in Georgia and see it in a way you never have before.”

The week-long excursion will begin at Lake Blackshear Dam near Warwick, continue past Albany and on to Bainbridge and the backwaters of Lake Seminole, officials say. Paddlers will coast beneath limestone bluffs and visit a “blue hole” spring. There will expecting viewings of alligators, otters, bald eagles and other wildlife.



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Have you ever taken a cute, fun, or endearing photo of you and your sweetie on a river or lake in Georgia? If  so, we’d love to showcase your special moment on our website and social media…

Submit a photo for GRN’s February’s Photo Showcase and Staff Pick!

One photImageo per month will receive the illustrious title of ‘GRN Staff Pick of the Month’ and the chosen photo’s author will receive a surprise token of gratitude.

February’s theme:  “The Love Boat Paddlers photo”

Email your submission to gwyneth@garivers.org

For more details CLICK HERE!

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To be added to the wait list go to: http://paddlega13waitlist.eventbrite.com

For more exciting adventures with GRN – Mark your calendar for our 4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling Events:


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Robert Fuller finished his 1,500-mile paddling adventure down the Chattahoochee to the Gulf of Mexico and then up the Mobile, Alabama, Coosa and Etowah rivers! Read about it in the news and his blog posts HERE! http://ow.ly/hIZF7

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Paddle Georgia 2013 on the Lower Flint!
                               REGISTER HERE!!!
Paddle Georgia Friends,heartWe know how much you LOVE Georgia’s rivers and Paddle Georgia, and to celebrate that LOVE, we thought it would be appropriate on Valentine’s Day to let you know that Paddle Georgia 2013 registration is now OPEN! dsc_0467If you haven’t heard the news yet – Paddle Georgia 2013 will take place on the lower Flint River – from Warwick to Bainbridge – June 15-21, 2013. Read Joe’s most recent blog post for all the details. It’s going to be another GREAT trip, and it’s going to be a hot ticket.Registration will be open until all the spaces are filled. There will be 350 spaces available for thru-paddlers this year. Last year, we sold out in just two weeks – so please register before we sell out.

Watch our Fun Lovin’ Paddle Georgia 2013 Registration Video:

ImageWe will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2013 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. Paddle Georgia Lite is our abbreviated trip for just the first two days of Paddle Georgia – June 15-16. If you would like to be considered for a Paddle Georgia Lite invitation this year please fill out the request form at this link by April 1, 2013 and we’ll put you in the pool. Invitations will be extended by April 12.

AND, A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants will be eligible for a very special reward for helping us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia – introducing more people to our beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious resources. Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants who raise at least $200 will be GUARANTEED A SPOT ON PADDLE GEORGIA 2014* by being eligible to register during a special PRIORITY REGISTRATION period before regular open registration begins in Feb. 2014 for Paddle Georgia 2014 – our 10 Year Anniversary Trip and return to the Chattahoochee River where it all began. To learn more about Canoe-A-Thon and sign up for Canoe-A-Thon 2013 go to: http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgcanoeathon.html. *Be sure to click here and read all the specific rules and policies for Paddle Georgia 2014 Priority Registration. As always, there will be additional fabulous prizes for our top fundraisers.

Finally, please consider making a special gift to Georgia River Network to support the tradition of enjoying and protecting our rivers in 2013. It’s easy to do by just clicking this link.

We look forward to seeing you on the Flint in June!

The Paddle Georgia/Georgia River Network Team

2013 Sponsors to Date – Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis ; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Sea to Summit; The Outside World

2013 Partners to Date – Georgia Canoe Association, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet


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Georgia River Network’s Community Programs Coordinator, Gwyneth Moody, finds instructing dance & working with communities to be similar. How so? Watch the video to find out and learn why GRN loves working with communities so much!

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