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Go Coastal with Altamaha Riverkeeper for a Paddle on Cathead Creek in Darien! May 11th…

dannyPaddle through Pierce Butler’s old abandoned rice fields and a tidal forest – teaming with wildlife. You will encounter old growth cypress, tupelo, and wildflowers.

Guide extraordinaire, Danny Grissette, with Altamaha Coastal Tours will lead the paddle on Saturday, May 11.

The adventure begins at 10 am at Skipper’s Fish Camp Restaurant parking lot – just off Hwy 17.  Danny will give a short kayaking lesson before the leisurely 2 ½ hour paddle.

The trip, suitable for beginners and children, is offered at a special price of $35 per person. Space is limited. Call Constance at (912) 437-8164 asap or email: cor@altamahariverkeeper.org to reserve your space, a tandem or single kayak, canoe, or bring your own.

After the paddle, (approximately 1:00-1:30), Skipper’s has reserved the Oyster Bar deck overlooking the river for our lunch (Dutch Treat). We look forward to having you join us; it’s a chance to meet some new friends, trade paddle stories, and find out what ARK is doing to protect our rivers.

Help Support Altamaha Riverkeeper’s work with a donation today.  Please donate at http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org

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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:
http://youtu.be/hZcqVIB1v-w

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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The sport of kayaking is an excellent form of exercise!

The disciplines it develops are strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. A great cardiovascular workout, which can aid in strengthening the heart and increasing blood flow, it also can help keep the body tone and fit while enjoying nature and the great outdoors.

Check out this Kayak calorie burning estimation tool…

http://www.everydayhealth.com/food-fitness/calories-burned-paddling

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Tom BemanTom Beman, one of Georgia River Network’s leadership donors, recently told us that he supports GRN because “If we don’t protect our rivers from pollution, damming, and just the destruction of the rivers, we are going to lose them.  It is my belief that the quality of the water in the river and the quality of the land surrounding the river is an indicator of the condition of society around them.”  We are grateful to Tom and all of our donors who not only help us financially but who passionately believe that it is our duty to protect and restore the rivers of Georgia.One of the ways that GRN accomplishes this mission is through our annual Weekend for Rivers conference. Last year, 130 folks joined us at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to hear the stories that derived from their personal engagement with our rivers. These stories provide history, education, and inspiration for all of those who care about Georgia’s waterways.  We learned how to remove tires from a river; we heard a beautiful story about the power of Mother Nature and one person’s connection Ocmulgee River and an interesting tale about how rivers and politics can make strange bedfellows; and we were educated about the new National Water Trails designation for the Chattahoochee.Together, we are having a positive impact on the future of Georgia’s rivers, and we cannot thank you enough.

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Daniela Di Iorio, husband Donald Newman and sons Evan and Marco of Athens, shown here on the Coosawattee River, will explore the Altamaha with hundreds of others on this year's week-long Paddle Georgia kayak and canoe trip.

By Lee Shearer

Daniela Di Iorio, husband Donald Newman and sons Evan and Marco of Athens, shown here on the Coosawattee River, will explore the Altamaha with hundreds of others on this year’s week-long Paddle Georgia kayak and canoe trip.

published Saturday, June 9, 2012

Some people call the Altamaha River “Georgia’s little Amazon,” but not Dorinda Dallmeyer.

“I turn that phrase on its head and say ‘No, the Amazon is Brazil’s Altamaha,’” said Dallmeyer, director of the environmental ethics program at the University of Georgia. “People need to appreciate that the river is unique, that it is a national treasure.”

The big Altamaha is the longest free-flowing river system remaining in the eastern United States. Named one of the 75 “Last Great Places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy, the Altamaha is home to a profusion of wildlife — hundreds of kinds of rare plants and animals, including some that grow nowhere else on Earth.

About 350 people, including several Athenians, will get a firsthand look at the ibises, alligators and other creatures that call the Altamaha home on the upcoming eighth annual Paddle Georgia, a project of the Georgia River Network. Paddle Georgia is a week-long caravan of kayaks and canoes that this year will travel down 105 miles of the Altamaha, from Reidsville to Darien. This year’s trek begins Saturday and continues through June 22.

“It’s a great family vacation and a great way to stay cool in the hot summer,” said Daniela Di Iorio, who will make the trip with husband Donald Newman and sons Evan, 14, and Marco, 12. Di Iorio and her family have become regulars on Paddle Georgia, which chooses a different Georgia river each year.

But Di Iorio has a special interest in this year’s river trip. An oceanographer, she’s part of a University of Georgia-based research team conducting long-term research on the Georgia coast where the Altamaha pours into the ocean, nourishing salt marshes and fisheries.

Like many who know the Altamaha, Di Iorio is worried for the river’s future. Big and wild as it is, the Altamaha is dying by degrees, say some of the people who know it best. It’s being killed, they say, by a constant and growing barrage of large and small environmental wounds, many inflicted by folks far upstream, including Athenians who use water from the Oconee River system that feeds into the Altamaha.

“We can’t continue the way we’re going,” said former Altamaha Riverkeeper James Holland, who’s kept a close eye on the river for decades, first as a crab fisherman, later as the Riverkeeper, and more recently as a photographer documenting the mighty river. The University of Georgia Press this month published a book of his photographs, “The Altamaha: A River and its Keeper,” with essays by Dallmeyer and noted environmental writer Janisse Ray.

Big factories like the ITT Rayonier pulp mill in Wayne County pour wastewater into the river; in Appling County, the Plant Hatch nuclear plant sucks out 60 million gallons a day to generate electricity, and only half goes back in the river.

Upstream, cities like Athens draw millions of gallons out of rivers feeding the Altamaha, returning some of it as treated wastewater which still contains pollutants. Runoff from construction silts the river, along with pesticides from farms.

But those are just some of the wounds we inflict on the river, Holland says.

Large numbers of impoundments, from Jackson County farm ponds to Lake Oconee, hold back the waters that feed the Altamaha, reducing its flow. Add in a record drought year like this one, and the toll on wildlife grows from big to enormous. With less water that is more polluted, fewer fish can survive, and as the fish decline, so do the birds and other creatures that eat the fish.

The Altamaha River’s flow this spring has been lower than ever recorded during the 80 years the U.S. Geological Survey has been collecting data at a gauge in Doctortown, in south Georgia’s Wayne County. As the flow of fresh water ebbs, salt water is pushing farther upstream, Di Iorio said, threatening ancient forests that grow around the river — and even in it, in some places.

Meanwhile, invasive fish species like the flathead catfish are changing the stream’s ecological balance by displacing or even eating other fish species — though some native fish, including shad and sturgeon, may be increasing in number after long declines, said Bert Deener, a DNR regional fisheries supervisor in Waycross.

With all the big river has endured, it still teems with life, Deener said.

“This time of year there’s nothing like going on the Altamaha and getting a shady area and fishing for river bass,” he said. “There’s something special about it.”

 

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-06-09/paddle-georgia-explore-altamaha-river

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Water sport fans heading to river for weeklong trip

Updated: 6/6/2012 10:50 AM By CHRIS WALSH – Staff writer 11

Paddle Georgia 2012 is a week-long 105-mile kayak/canoe trip. This year’s event will be taking place on Georgia’s “Little Amazon” from Baxley to Darien and will be the first to end near the coast. Cofer has been on the trip nearly since the beginning, not long after the retired surgeon took up kayaking as a hobby. “I was settling in one of my children in Gainesville and, after getting done, we rented canoes to go down the river, and we enjoyed it so much we went rafting the next day, too,” Cofer recalled. “After, I’m driving home and thinking, you know, I can do this paddle stuff.” Paddle Georgia is a project of the Georgia River Network, fashioned after the annual bicycle ride across Georgia.

The trip is not just an annual fundraiser; it’s an educational adventure that takes people from all over through Georgia’s Coastal Plain beauty. For Tom, it’s also a chance to reconnect with his family. His daughter has joined him the last two years, and his niece is coming up from Savannah to join him this year. “It’s a great deal, and it’s so much fun,” Cofer said. “It’s an idea the Georgia River Keepers came up with because they’re concerned with the use of water. It’s really fun and educational.” In meeting with Tom at his former office turned home, we glanced over the map and started to plot out my itinerary. There are a slew of rivers in the Peach State and Cofer and GRN have tackled many of them. I’ve been on the Chattahoochee a couple times. According to the event’s release, “In the event’s first seven years, organizers have guided more than 2,100 paddlers down more than 700 miles of Georgia rivers, including trips on the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, Flint, Coosawattee, Oostanaula, Broad, Savannah and Oconee rivers.

The trips have generated more than $120,000 for river protection in Georgia.” Along with hitting the water, the trip includes educational programs on the river’s cultural and natural history, tours of facilities and historic sites located along the river, nightly games and entertainment and even a research program in which participants will help collect chemical and biological data to give a snapshot of the current health of the rivers. Regretfully, we won’t be camping on the river banks. I won’t be eating MRE’s for a week either. Each night, the 300 or so paddling enthusiasts set up shop at a local high school, usually on the abandoned football field. The local townsfolk are always more than happy to help too, Tom said. They’ve catered dinners, provided buses to and from the river and even held celebrations at the journey’s final stop. Once, when the trip ended in Dublin, the locals put on a small Redneck Games – a tradition in the mid-Georgia town.

Tom has provided me with the equipment needed for the trip – helmet, life vest, kayak and paddle. I’ve done my share of water sports, but don’t think I haven’t done a couple sets of rows at the gym lately either. While Tom and most of the group will be making the entire trip, I regretfully will only be joining for a couple of days. But that won’t stop me from having fun and learning, like Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down on the River.”

LINKS: www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia

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“Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper” is now available from the University of Georgia Press, just in time for Paddle Georgia! ARK will have it for sale at the River’s End celebration in Darien. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the book go to support ARK.ImageImage

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The McDuffie Progress reports that the Director of the McDuffie-Thomson Chamber of Commerce, Tish Chase will join Paddle Georgia 2012 on the Altamaha river- to help raise awareness of the river’s culture and natural history….

Read the article here:

http://www.mcduffieprogress.com/article_4316.shtml

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Second Notice on Venue Change and More
In This Email:
Request for Equipment Donations for Scholarship Youth
Paddle Georgia Program at REI
Second Notice on Venue Change (in case you missed this last week)


Request for Equipment Donations for Scholarship Youth on Paddle Georgia
From Volunteer Rachel Haddon

Hey Y’all,
My name is Rachel Haddon, and I’m a fellow Paddle Georgia participant. I can’t wait to get out on the river with y’all in a little under a month! Paddle Georgia is an amazing experience, and it’s great that we get to share it with 12 students who probably never thought that they spend a week in a canoe paddling down the river.

This summer, 12 different students will join us on the Altamaha, thanks to the generosity of many folks who attended GRN’s Weekend for Rivers. Let’s help them out by bringing an extra item or two! Joey and Alicia have put together a wish list below, so please consider pitching in. It will make a world of difference in the students’ PG experience!

If you would like to bring something to donate to the students, please email me at rachel.e.haddon@gmail.com with your name and which item(s) you would like to bring. If you would like to donate money in lieu of an item, that’s fine too! Donations can be made at by clicking here. Please note that the donation is in honor of Scholarship Youth.

Wish List:
24 Nalgene style water bottles (no squirt tops or straws)
8 tubes of sunscreen
8 cans of serious bugspray
14 Dry bags
Croakies for kids wearing glasses
Journals
Colored pencils
Pens
Money for incidentals like hats and shoes, more personal items, if the kids show up without them or lose them along the way

I will be collecting items at PG registration, but please be sure to email me first so I know who’s bringing what!

Thanks y’all, and I’ll see you on the river!
Rachel


Paddle GA Workshop at Atlanta REI (I-85 Store) on Thur, May 31

Are you frettin’ and fussin’ over what to bring to Paddle Georgia?
Are you trying to figure out the best way to protect yourself from flying insects as you paddle past Bug Suck Lake?
Are you concerned that you may not have the right boat for the Altamaha?

Paddle Georgia staff will attempt to answer all these questions and more Thursday, May 31, at the REI Store in Atlanta (I-85) at 7 p.m.

If you plan to attend, please register at http://www.rei.com/event/39786/session/50424

Several spots still remain.


Dear Paddle Georgia 2012 Participants:

Normally, at this time of the year, the Ohoopee River is flowing at about 140 cubic feet per second (cfs), but in this already drought-stricken year, the Ohoopee is flowing at less than 30 cfs. The minimum floatable level is greater than 60 cfs.
Thus, it is with much sadness that we have decided to forgo an expedition on the Ohoopee and move all seven days of the Paddle Georgia to the Altamaha.The good news is that this change of venue will enable us to see more of Georgia’s largest river, including the spectacular Moody Forest Natural Area as well as Georgia Power’s Hatch Nuclear Power Plant.We want to ensure everyone has been notified of the changes below. To let us know you got this email and there is no need to call you, please click here and enter your name. We will be calling all paddlers who do not fill out this form and let us know they have been notified.

Of course, this change in venue necessitates some slight alterations to our itinerary, including boat drop off times, driving directions and distances from campsites to launch/take out sites.

What Doesn’t Change? ALMOST EVERYTHING! All campsites, menus, educational programs, special tours and moving days remain the same.

What Does Change?
1.      Trip mileage
2.      Launch/take out sites for the first three days of the trip
3.      Distances to launch/take out sites for the first three days of the trip
4.      Directions to the boat drop location
5.      Directions to and from the boat drop location to Tattnall County High School
6.      Directions from our paddling workshop to the boat drop location.
7.      Boat Drop Times

PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY. OTHERWISE, YOU’LL END UP ON THE OHOOPEE AND YOU’LL BE ALL ALONE…AND THAT WOULD BE SAD, INDEED! (especially after you attempt to paddle the Ohoopee in drought conditions)

Mileage: The trip is now 105 miles, instead of 108 miles.
Day 1 will run 10 miles from Deen’s Landing to Davis Landing
Day 2 will run 12 miles from  Davis Landing to Stanfield Landing
Day 3 will run 14 miles from Stanfield Landing to Upper Wayne County Landing

Shuttle Distances from Campsite to Launch/Out Sites:
Day 1 Distance to Launch Site—29 miles
Day 1 Distance from Take Out to Campsite—31 miles
Day 2 Distance to Launch Site—31 miles
Day 2 Distance from Take Out to Campsite—18 miles
Day 3 Distance to Launch Site—18 miles

NEW BOAT DROP-OFF DIRECTIONS AND TIMES!
New Boat Drop-Off Times: June 15 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; or June 16 -7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Directions to Boat Drop from the North (I-16): From Exit 90 on I-16 (U.S. 1) Proceed south on U.S. 1 towards Lyons. At 15 miles enter downtown Lyons. Continue south on U.S. 1 toward Baxley 19 miles to the Altamaha River. Cross river (Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch will be on the left) and continue 0.5 mile to Deen’s Landing Road on right. Turn right and proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

Directions to Boat Drop from the East (I-95): From Exit 36 (U.S. 341/U.S. 25), go west on U.S. 341 33 miles to Jesup. In Jesup, continue on U.S. 341 toward Baxley. At 64 miles from I-95 reach U.S. 1 (Main St.) in Baxley. Turn right (north) on U.S. 1 and proceed 11 miles to Deen’s Landing Road on left. Turn left and  proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

Directions to Boat Drop from the South (I-75): Take Exit 62 (U.S. 82/U.S. 319) in Tifton and proceed east 2.7 miles to intersection of U.S. 82 and U.S. 319. Turn left on U.S. 319 toward Ocilla and proceed 17.5 miles to Ocilla where U.S. 319 and Ga. 32 merge. Proceed 0.5 mile to intersection with U.S. 129/U.S. 319 (Irwin Ave.). Turn left on U.S. 129/U.S. 319 and proceed north toward Fitzgerald 7 miles to intersection with Ga. 107 (East Industrial Dr.). Turn right and proceed 1.6 miles to U.S. 319. Turn right on U.S. 319/Ga. 107 (east) and proceed 17.7 miles to U.S. 441/Ga. 107. Turn right (south) on U.S. 441 and proceed 1.4 miles to Ga. 107. Turn left (east) and proceed 16.6 miles to U.S. 221. Turn left (north) on U.S. 221 toward Hazelhurst and proceed 9.2 miles to East Coffee St. in Hazelhurst. Turn right on Coffee St. and proceed 0.1 mile to East. Jarman St. (U.S. 341). Turn right on East Jarman St. and proceed 16 miles to Baxley. At Main Street in Baxley (U.S. 1),  turn left (north) and proceed 11 miles to Deen’s Landing Road on left. Turn left and  proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.
Directions from Boat Drop Off to Tattnall County High School: Return to U.S. 1. Turn left and proceed three miles to Ga. 147. Turn right toward Reidsville and proceed 8.5 miles to Ga. 178. Turn right on Ga. 178/Ga. 147 and proceed four miles. At four miles continue straight on Ga. 147 and proceed six miles to U.S. 280. Ga. 147 merges with U.S. 280 (Brazell St. in Reidsville). From merge, proceed 0.2 miles to Main St. (Ga. 57). Turn right on Main St. and proceed five miles to Battle  and proceed five miles to Battle Creek Warrior Blvd. on left. Turn left and proceed 0.5 mile to school.

Directions from Tattnall County High School to Boat Drop Off: Return to Ga. 57. Turn right (north) on Ga. 57 and proceed five miles to U.S. 280 (Brazell St.) in Reidsville. Turn left (west) and proceed 0.2 miles. At 0.2 miles turn left on to Ga. 147. Continue on Ga. 147 six miles to intersection with Ga. 178. Continue straight on Ga. 147 four miles and turn left on Ga. 147 (Ga. 178 continues straight). Proceed on Ga. 147 8.5 miles to U.S. 1. Turn left on U.S. 1 and proceed three miles to Deens Landing Road on the right. Turn right and proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

NEW DIRECTIONS FROM PADDLING WORKSHOP TO BOAT LAUNCH
After the Workshop you will need to drop your boat at Boat Drop:
Directions to Boat Drop: Return to U.S. 280, turn left (east) and proceed 0.1 mile to Hill St. Turn right and go one block to Tattnall St. (Ga. 147). Turn right and continue on Ga. 147 six miles to intersection with Ga. 178. Continue straight on Ga. 147 four miles and turn left on Ga. 147 (Ga. 178 continues straight). Proceed on Ga. 147 8.5 miles to U.S. 1. Turn left on U.S. 1 and proceed three miles to Deens Landing Road on the right. Turn right and proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

NEW KICK OFF SHUTTLE CONSIDERATIONS
In order to ensure that paddlers taking the June 15 Kick Off Shuttle (and wishing to drop their boats at our initial boat launch at Deen’s Landing) have ample time to reach Darien for the shuttle back to our Tattnall County High School, a Paddle Georgia attendant will be stationed at the Deen’s Landing boat launch beginning at 9 a.m. on June 15.

Should you have any questions, please contact Joe Cook at 706-409-0128 or Georgia River Network at 706-549-4508.

A revised information packet is online at http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/2012/pgregistered2012.html  (You may need to hit the “refresh” button on your internet browser to see the “revised” file.)

Joe Cook
Paddle Georgia Coordinator
303 East 5th Ave.
Rome, GA 30161
706-235-1170
706-409-0128

Sponsors – Georgia Power, Hennessey Land Rover, Patagonia, Johnson Outdoors, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, The Outside World, Dock Supply, Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center, Stream Techs, Coca-Cola Refreshments, China Clay Producers Association, The Rain Barrel Depot, Jackson Spalding, Bridgestone

Partners – Georgia Canoe Association, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet, City of Darien, Altamaha River Partnership, Wayne County Board of Tourism

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A Project of Georgia River Network- Important Venue Change!

   

 

Dear Paddle Georgia 2012 Participants:

Normally, at this time of the year, the Ohoopee River is flowing at about 140 cubic feet per second (cfs), but in this already drought-stricken year, the Ohoopee is flowing at less than 30 cfs. The minimum floatable level is greater than 60 cfs.
Thus, it is with much sadness that we have decided to forgo an expedition on the Ohoopee and move all seven days of the Paddle Georgia to the Altamaha. The good news is that this change of venue will enable us to see more of Georgia’s largest river, including the spectacular Moody Forest Natural Area as well as Georgia Power’s Hatch Nuclear Power Plant.

We want to ensure everyone has been notified of the changes below. To let us know you got this email and there is no need to call you, please click here and enter your name. We will be calling all paddlers who do not fill out this form and let us know they have been notified.

Of course, this change in venue necessitates some slight alterations to our itinerary, including boat drop off times, driving directions and distances from campsites to launch/take out sites.

What Doesn’t Change? ALMOST EVERYTHING! All campsites, menus, educational programs, special tours and moving days remain the same.

What Does Change?
1.      Trip mileage
2.      Launch/take out sites for the first three days of the trip
3.      Distances to launch/take out sites for the first three days of the trip
4.      Directions to the boat drop location
5.      Directions to and from the boat drop location to Tattnall County High School
6.      Directions from our paddling workshop to the boat drop location.
7.      Boat Drop Times

PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY. OTHERWISE, YOU’LL END UP ON THE OHOOPEE AND YOU’LL BE ALL ALONE…AND THAT WOULD BE SAD, INDEED! (especially after you attempt to paddle the Ohoopee in drought conditions)
 
Mileage: The trip is now 105 miles, instead of 108 miles.
Day 1 will run 10 miles from Deen’s Landing to Davis Landing
Day 2 will run 12 miles from  Davis Landing to Stanfield Landing
Day 3 will run 14 miles from Stanfield Landing to Upper Wayne County Landing
 
Shuttle Distances from Campsite to Launch/Out Sites:
Day 1 Distance to Launch Site—29 miles
Day 1 Distance from Take Out to Campsite—31 miles
Day 2 Distance to Launch Site—31 miles
Day 2 Distance from Take Out to Campsite—18 miles
Day 3 Distance to Launch Site—18 miles
 
NEW BOAT DROP-OFF DIRECTIONS AND TIMES!
New Boat Drop-Off Times: June 15 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; or June 16 -7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Directions to Boat Drop from the North (I-16): From Exit 90 on I-16 (U.S. 1) Proceed south on U.S. 1 towards Lyons. At 15 miles enter downtown Lyons. Continue south on U.S. 1 toward Baxley 19 miles to the Altamaha River. Cross river (Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch will be on the left) and continue 0.5 mile to Deen’s Landing Road on right. Turn right and proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

Directions to Boat Drop from the East (I-95): From Exit 36 (U.S. 341/U.S. 25), go west on U.S. 341 33 miles to Jesup. In Jesup, continue on U.S. 341 toward Baxley. At 64 miles from I-95 reach U.S. 1 (Main St.) in Baxley. Turn right (north) on U.S. 1 and proceed 11 miles to Deen’s Landing Road on left. Turn left and  proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

Directions to Boat Drop from the South (I-75): Take Exit 62 (U.S. 82/U.S. 319) in Tifton and proceed east 2.7 miles to intersection of U.S. 82 and U.S. 319. Turn left on U.S. 319 toward Ocilla and proceed 17.5 miles to Ocilla where U.S. 319 and Ga. 32 merge. Proceed 0.5 mile to intersection with U.S. 129/U.S. 319 (Irwin Ave.). Turn left on U.S. 129/U.S. 319 and proceed north toward Fitzgerald 7 miles to intersection with Ga. 107 (East Industrial Dr.). Turn right and proceed 1.6 miles to U.S. 319. Turn right on U.S. 319/Ga. 107 (east) and proceed 17.7 miles to U.S. 441/Ga. 107. Turn right (south) on U.S. 441 and proceed 1.4 miles to Ga. 107. Turn left (east) and proceed 16.6 miles to U.S. 221. Turn left (north) on U.S. 221 toward Hazelhurst and proceed 9.2 miles to East Coffee St. in Hazelhurst. Turn right on Coffee St. and proceed 0.1 mile to East. Jarman St. (U.S. 341). Turn right on East Jarman St. and proceed 16 miles to Baxley. At Main Street in Baxley (U.S. 1),  turn left (north) and proceed 11 miles to Deen’s Landing Road on left. Turn left and  proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.
Directions from Boat Drop Off to Tattnall County High School: Return to U.S. 1. Turn left and proceed three miles to Ga. 147. Turn right toward Reidsville and proceed 8.5 miles to Ga. 178. Turn right on Ga. 178/Ga. 147 and proceed four miles. At four miles continue straight on Ga. 147 and proceed six miles to U.S. 280. Ga. 147 merges with U.S. 280 (Brazell St. in Reidsville). From merge, proceed 0.2 miles to Main St. (Ga. 57). Turn right on Main St. and proceed five miles to Battle  and proceed five miles to Battle Creek Warrior Blvd. on left. Turn left and proceed 0.5 mile to school.

Directions from Tattnall County High School to Boat Drop Off: Return to Ga. 57. Turn right (north) on Ga. 57 and proceed five miles to U.S. 280 (Brazell St.) in Reidsville. Turn left (west) and proceed 0.2 miles. At 0.2 miles turn left on to Ga. 147. Continue on Ga. 147 six miles to intersection with Ga. 178. Continue straight on Ga. 147 four miles and turn left on Ga. 147 (Ga. 178 continues straight). Proceed on Ga. 147 8.5 miles to U.S. 1. Turn left on U.S. 1 and proceed three miles to Deens Landing Road on the right. Turn right and proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

NEW DIRECTIONS FROM PADDLING WORKSHOP TO BOAT LAUNCH
After the Workshop you will need to drop your boat at Boat Drop:
Directions to Boat Drop: Return to U.S. 280, turn left (east) and proceed 0.1 mile to Hill St. Turn right and go one block to Tattnall St. (Ga. 147). Turn right and continue on Ga. 147 six miles to intersection with Ga. 178. Continue straight on Ga. 147 four miles and turn left on Ga. 147 (Ga. 178 continues straight). Proceed on Ga. 147 8.5 miles to U.S. 1. Turn left on U.S. 1 and proceed three miles to Deens Landing Road on the right. Turn right and proceed 0.9 mile. At 0.9 mile bear to right, staying on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.5 mile and bear to left, continuing on Deen’s Landing Road. Proceed 0.3 mile to entrance to boat landing on the right.

NEW KICK OFF SHUTTLE CONSIDERATIONS
In order to ensure that paddlers taking the June 15 Kick Off Shuttle (and wishing to drop their boats at our initial boat launch at Deen’s Landing) have ample time to reach Darien for the shuttle back to our Tattnall County High School, a Paddle Georgia attendant will be stationed at the Deen’s Landing boat launch beginning at 9 a.m. on June 15.

Should you have any questions, please contact Joe Cook at 706-409-0128 or Georgia River Network at 706-549-4508.

A revised information packet is online at http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/2012/pgregistered2012.html  (You may need to hit the “refresh” button on your internet browser to see the “revised” file.)

Joe Cook
Paddle Georgia Coordinator
303 East 5th Ave.
Rome, GA 30161
706-235-1170
706-409-0128

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