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For all those friends and family who cannot attend Paddle Georgia 2013 but would like to virtually paddle along with us, we have this new and exciting virtual map!

Throughout our journey we will be posting photos with their corresponding GPS locations to this map, so you can enjoy the trip right along with us.
Check it out and share with others!

Click this link:  http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgjourney.html#VJ

Keep on rollin’ on the river!

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Join Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper for the Paddle Georgia 2013

“End of Journey Celebration!”

Fish Fry and Party

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Bainbridge, GA – Earle May Boat Basin/Cheney Griffin Park

Friday, June 21

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM with dinner at 6:00

Tickets – $15 and are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6772090505/efblike#

Welcome the 350-member Paddle Georgia navy as it arrives at its final destination – Bainbridge, Georgia – after their 7-day, 106-mile adventure on the Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.

There will be live music, a fish fry with all the fixins’, games and celebration.

To purchase tickets for the fish fry go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6772090505/efblike#

Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

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Take a behind the scenes look at the work horse of Atlanta with not only an awe-inspiring presentation about this sections history – but also fascinating presentations on the wildlife that resides here and ways that you can get involved in water quality monitoring and river cleanups in your community.

Where: Chattahoochee River in Southwest Metro Atlanta (The stretch we are paddling is 13.1 miles and has beginner class 1 rapids.)
When: Saturday, May 18th ~ 8AM – 5PM
$50 ~ Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance ($35 kids- 18 and under)
$25 ~ Includes Lunch and ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat
$15 ~ Includes ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat and Lunch

May 18th… It’s gonna be AWESOME!


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Today is World Water Day!


Won’t YOU help Georgia River Network celebrate by sharing this post with your friends, making a donation, or by discovering your local river group on our website (www.garivers.org) and getting involved!

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-River Trip Series-
First paddle of 2013 kicks off March 23rd!

Explore and understand the natural diversity of the Flint River

Join us for 2013’s first Taste the Flint River Trip

Saturday, March 23rd

Upper Flint, near Thomaston

8:00am: Meet at State Route 74 bridge

6+ hour trip to Sprewell Bluff Recreation Area

Moderate-Experience Paddling Skills Required for this trip

*Registrants will be sent additional details and directions


Register by emailing jayme@flintriverkeeper.org

OR call 229.435.2241, 229.220.9796

  • FRk members who bring their own canoe $15 each
  • FRk members who need to borrow canoe $25 each
  • Non-members who bring their own canoe $35 each
  • Non-members who need to borrow canoe $45 each
  • FREE trip & boat usage for up to three volunteers who will help load boats and gear at the conclusion of the trip

(non member cost includes one-year of FRk membership)
*pricing includes kayaks, too

More TASTE the FLINT River Trips are planned for the rest of the year, throughout the Flint watershed:


Saturday, April 20th: Middle Flint, near Montezuma


Saturday in May, TBA: Upson-Thomaston Chamber of Commerce

3rd Annual Poker Float


Saturday, June 15th- Friday, June 21st: Paddle Georgia on Lower Flint

*this event is sold-out, but you can be included on the wait list

and find other details here

*Although sold-out, Paddle Georgia coordinators are seeking solutions to accommodate those on the wait list


Saturday in July, TBA: Baker-Mitchell Sheriff’s Home poker Float


Saturday, October 5th: Lower Flint, near Albany


-all scheduled trips are subject to change due to weather and flow conditions-

We hope to see you on the river!


The mission of the Flint Riverkeeper® (FRk) is to restore and preserve the habitat, water quality, and flow of the Flint River for the benefit of current and future generations and dependent wildlife. Flint Riverkeeper is a fully licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance; a participating member of the Georgia Water Coalition; and a member-group of EarthShare of Georgia.

Copyright© 2009 Flint Riverkeeper. All rights reserved
Flint Riverkeeper | P.O. Box 468, Albany Ga. 31702 | (229) 435-2241

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We would love to showcase the river issues in Georgia so people are more aware of the problems that need to be addressed and can learn how to get involved in restoration efforts!

Please share your photo for our March photo showcase!  Check out more details HERE….

trashEmail your photo to Gwyneth@garivers.org

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GRN is giving a BIG shout out to Larry Waters Jr.- winner of February’s Photo Staff Pick!

Enjoy February’s Photo showcase

~ ‘Love Boat Paddlers’~

We are so impressed by all of the amazing photos submitted and we hope they will inspire you, your friends and family to get out and protect, restore, and enjoy Georgia’s rivers from the mountains to the coast!

Click HERE to see Monthly Photo Showcase and Staff Pick details

Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month.

Submit a photo for March!

March’s theme: “Capturing a River Issue in Georgia”

Email your submission to gwyneth@garivers.org

*Please submit one photo only and include a ‘photo title’ 30 characters in length that has the name of the river, creek, or lake on which the photo was taken and photo author’s name.

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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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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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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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