March 18 - 20
Altamaha River to Sea Paddle
Join the Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series as we explore the lower Altamaha on March 18-20, introducing first-time visitors to one of Georgia’s greatest treasures and welcoming returning paddlers to the annual paddling and camping adventure!
Known as Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” the Altamaha is a mighty river. It drains the second largest watershed on the east coast into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate of over 100,000 gallons per second. Its main stem, forming in Lumber City at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers, is undammed and free-flowing, creating a relatively intact and healthy ecosystem that is home to more than 100 rare and endangered species – the largest concentration in the state.
The Altamaha is also a little known paradise for paddling, bird watching and camping. Photographers, artists and nature lovers enjoy the abundance of wildlife found in this pristine waterway.
Saturday: Altamaha River - 17 miles
From the ARP (Altamaha Regional Park) we will paddle the main stem of the Altamaha, Stud Horse Creek, Lewis Creek and Rifle Cut. We will make our way to Darien Creek as we enter downtown Darien.
Sunday: Altamaha Lake Exploration - 3 miles
We will get up and stretch our legs and hit the river one more time, exploring the cypress-laden system of lakes directly across the Altamaha from the campground.
WEEKEND CAMPING - $30
Two nights camping, two days of shuttle support and two naturalist guided paddles
Does not include canoe rental*
TWO DAY PADDLE PASS - $75
Does not include overnight accommodations
Includes two days of shuttle support and two naturalist guided paddles
FrI & Sat Dinner - $10 per plate
We usually enjoy a Friday oyster roast and low country boil, followed by a Saturday BBQ dinner
* Price does not include canoe or kayak. You can register for a canoe when you register for the trip. A spot in a canoe for the weekend is $25 per person or $50 for a full boat. Pre-purchasing is suggested.
** Children 14 and under register for FREE on select Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Trips. When completing registration add your children’s names and ages under Question #1.
- Children must be 14 and under
- Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
- All children must have a signed waiver from their legal guardian
- Boat rental and meals not included. Camping Only.
- Does not include our Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs.
- One adult for every two children.
* Participants have access to GC's REI Gear Bank (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) on this trip for a fee of $5. Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) have FREE access to the GC REI Gear Bank.
Membership Discounts - A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.
Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. . Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres at email@example.com.
Dates: March 18 - 20, 2016 (Friday - Sunday)
*Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.
- Guided tour of the Altamaha
- Reservations at Altamaha Regional Park (ARP) for tent or RV camping
- Dinner meals Friday and Saturday night (optional, $10 per meal)
- Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
- Café Campesino Coffee
- SweetWater Brewing Company tasting
- Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy free of charge thanks to our REI Sponsorship.
Capacity: 100 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.
Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Coordinator, and Bryan Schroeder, Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Development and Marketing
Hosts: Julian & Wendy Buckmaster and John Buckner
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Basic canoe instruction, basic camping skills, flora and fauna identification, Altamaha history, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals
Challenge level/difficulty/fitness required: All participants must have basic paddling skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to Darien. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. 2 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancellations.
What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:
- Confirmation of registration: this email is sent by our payment provider and serves as your payment receipt for the trip and lets you know you’re on the list!
- Welcome to Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips: this email will be sent by Ben Fowler welcoming you to the Altamaha River to Sea Paddle and we may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people
- 2 weeks away: A reminder to start getting excited for your upcoming adventure and will include any remaining details or specifics concerning the trip if not explained before (ex. waivers, medical forms, gear checklist, ferry schedule, service work choices, ect.)
- 1 week away: We are all set and looking forward to seeing you! We may provide updates on any minor trip changes. If it is a service trip, for example, we will provide lists of elected service work or sleeping locations.
The Altamaha River to Sea Paddle is one of our twelve Heartland Rivers of Georgia trips featuring camping, paddling and stewardship in south and central Georgia. The series brings to light conservation efforts, economic development and recreational opportunities on the Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, Satilla, Savannah and Yellow rivers, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge.
Largely unknown to the Georgia outdoor enthusiast, Georgia’s heartland rivers are a treasure trove of unparalleled natural beauty and recreation opportunity just a short drive from home.
Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program