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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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