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Day 2-PG2015How did you celebrate Father’s Day? For Paddle Georgia participants, it was with a 17 mile float, making today our longest day. The many sweepers and strainers slowed the day down but brought us paddlers together on this long stretch of river. It’s easy to spread out along the water but the jams, after causing short frustration, spawned a new sense of comradery. Paddlers shared sunscreen and jokes referring to the hold up as “worse than Atlanta traffic”. With lots of strainers, miles, and boat traffic, a popular rope swing was a welcomed distraction from this hard paddle. Day 2-PG2015Paddlers challenged each other to see who could jump farthest or who could do the best back flip. We also kept cool with frequent and welcome water gun wars. There is nothing like a little rivalry to boast morale.

This hard paddle took time to tackle, causing the buses to pull us straight into an evening full of great food and riveting talks. Day 2-PG2015
Megan Desrosier, the Executive Director for 100 Miles, presented about Georgia coastal conservation and activism. Tim Echols from the Georgia Public Service Commission spoke on the rising electric car usage in Georgia.

Finally, it was time to retire after a long day. Paddlers went to back to a village of temporary homes, commonly known as Tent City. a unique site created by paddlers. Tents are huddled in the shade, leaving the football field wide open and the goal post to be used as a makeshift clothesline. A strong sense of community is created here, as people sit outside tents in circles sharing opinions and telling stories. Neighbors with portable fans are the most popular. When one woman was attacked by a hill of ants, her neighbors in Tent City came to the rescue with unique home remedies to fix the problem – one of the many instances of generosity and helpfulness exhibited in our temporary home. Other campers have chosen to stay inside the cool gym, turning it into a mattress lined “refugee camp”. Day 2-PG2015After a hard day of paddling, both Tent City and the cool gym are great places to conclude our successful Father’s Day on the Ogeechee River.

Amelia Lord and Jamie Rogers, Paddle Georgia Enthusiasts

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A beautiful mist shrouded the river as participants first set paddle on the Chattahoochee at Settles BridgeP1030471. The water was crystal clear and the river bottom lined with colorful gravel and gnarled drift wood.  So refreshing and majestic….

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Youth group, most of whom had never paddled before, were a bit hesitant to set out at first, but as soon as they hit the river they paddled their canoes as if dancing onP1030529 the water- smiling from ear to ear. Be sure to check out the Paddle Georgia Youth Blogspot blog throughout the week.P1030572

Ichthyologist Camm Swift was quick to find a Sucker Fish, that he explained was most likely freshly skewered by a Great Blue Heron and accidentally dropped back into the river.

And speaking of fresh fish, kayak fishing in Georgia has grP1030796own exponentially in popularity in recent years,  and Paddle Georgia paddlers are no exception.

Rainbow and Brown Trout are two of the most popular  fish caught by sport fisherman in Metro Atlanta as a result of the rP1030825elease of water from the bottom of  Buford Dam, which has changed the historic warm waters of the river to a chilly 48 degrees and in turn the species of fish that are able to live here. Participants learned more about this at Buford Trout Hatcherythe Buford Trout Hatchery today, where millions of trout are stocked into the Chattahoochee and other Georgia rivers each year.P1030739

But the frigid water didn’t stop kids and adults alike from whipping out their super-soakers and squirt guns and spraying each other down mercilessly with glee- Yippee!

sWhat an amazing first day on the Chattahoochee river…P1030854

The evening was also filled with excitement as Georgia River Network Development Director, Davin Welter announced that 39 canoe-A-thoners raised a stunning $44,000 this year, the most we have ever raised yet!  WOW!!!

Terry Pate took the gold again this year, raising $6,205; followed by John Branch, Tom Beman and James Watson with assistance from his dad Tim.P1030887

We are so very thankful for everyone’s hard work, support and success in taking on this challenge with such vigor and enthusiasm!

So excited about tomorrow’s journey!

Keep on rollin’ down the river ~

Gwyneth Moody

 

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We have officially reached the half-way point of Paddle Georgia 2013 with 3 DSC_6363days of awesome paddling behind us and 3 more ahead. Everyone really enjoyed their stay at Chehaw with their friendly staff, beautiful grounds and comfortable facilities and we were all sad to leave, but excited about the new digs in Camilla.

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Although everyone seemed to cringe at the mention of a 21 mile paddle – the current was the fastest we’ve had yet and we scooted swiftly along.P1000943

P1000998Playful paddlers, as always we encountered hoola hooping in the morning and bubbles in the afternoon.P1010050

Red Tailed Hawks, Belted P1000653Kingfisher, Bob Whites, Pileated woodpeckers, and Green Heron could be heard and occasionally seen through the canopy that shrouded the winding river.P1010062

The limestone caves along this stretch were beautiful and mysterious with their tight crevices and dangling ferns that formed curtains on the rock walls surrounding the cave mouth.

Twisted, gnarly roots of Sycamore and Cypress trees reached out like fingers and hands holding back the river bank, their knees jutting up out of the water resembling mud castles at the beach.P1000972

And even with the usual swimming, lounging, and jumping from rope swings paddlers completed the trip in record time, and were shuttled to our new home of Mitchell County High School.

And what a better way to end the day than with an awesome street party in Camilla!P1010115 It was great to see everyone boogying down and enjoying themselves so immensely.

Looking forward to another day in South Georgia paradise tomorrow!

Keep on rollin’ down the river,

Gwyneth Moody

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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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WEEKEND FOR RIVERS 2013
“The Value of Water”
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 2013
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia

Weekend for Rivers 2013, Georgia River Network’s Annual Conference and River Celebration, is fast approaching, and you can register now!

Don’t miss an entire weekend of celebrating Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling for the low price of $50 (check out the special rates for kids, students and new-comers on the Eventbrite registration page).

And even if you can’t make it to the whole weekend, click HERE to buy tickets to the party on Saturday night!

WFR Image girlHIGHLIGHTS!
•    Over 30 presenters with offerings ranging from policy updates to poetry, music to meditation. Click here to view the compete agenda.
•    A great party with drinks from Sweetwater Brewery and Barefoot Wines, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle Georgia Port-a-Potty Auction, and fun!  River celebration awards will be presented to Jerry McCollum, Keith Parsons, Richard Milligan, and South River Watershed Association.
•    Camping at the Chattahoochee Nature Center!
•    A Mini Paddle Georgia! Paddle with us from Johnson Ferry to Paces Mill (~6.5 miles) on the beautiful Chattahoochee! Bring your own boat, rent a boat from Broad River Outpost (contact Michael at 706.795.3242 or gabroadriver@gmail.com rental boats will be brought to put-in and picked up the end) or paddle in a raft with a National Park Service ranger from Powers Ferry to Paces Mill (~3 miles). For more information on the raft trip, call or email Jesslyn: 706.549.4508, jesslyn@garivers.org.

Click HERE to find out more about Weekend for Rivers, or if you have questions, email Jesslyn Shields at jesslyn@garivers.org.

We can’t wait to spend the Weekend with you!

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TASTE the FLINT
-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

-SPACE IS LIMITED-

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!

BECOME A FRk MEMBER TO PROTECT YOUR FLINT 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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Did you know Georgia has 13 established Water Trails? Do you know where they are? You can read all about them and find the one nearest you at our

Water Trails website!

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