Augusta Canal Day Paddle
On April 23, join the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Canoeing Association, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area for our fourth annual Augusta Canal Paddle. This trip is part of the Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series.
“Augusta Canal is a National Heritage Area, a place designated by the U.S. Congress that best represents an important theme in American history. Augusta Canal tells the story of the Industrial Revolution in the American South. Built in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savannah River, this canal brought textile and other manufacturing to the region in the era before, during and after the American Civil War. Augusta Canal is the oldest continuously operating hydro-power canal in the United States."
Learn more about the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area: www.augustacanal.com
On Saturday, we meet at Savannah Rapids Pavilion and will paddle the 7-mile canal through the locks, past Lake Olmstead, and finish at Meadow Gardens, a short walk to the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at the Enterprise Mill.
You will become a steward of Georgia’s natural resources on this beginner-friendly trip that is open for families or anyone looking for a beautiful spring day on the water and learning more about Georgia’s rich and diverse history.
Saturday Augusta Canal Paddle - $40 Per Person**
Includes guided Saturday paddle on the Augusta Canal, guided historical tour of the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center and shuttle service.
Price does not include canoe or kayak*
*Boat rentals are not included in the price, however rentals are available through Savannah Rapids Kayak Rentals located directly on the canal.
** 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: April 23, 2016 (Saturday)
*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.
- Shuttle Support on Saturday and Sunday
- Guide Services
- Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese for post-paddle snack
Capacity: 60 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.
Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director
Duration: Saturday morning - afternoon
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Augusta Canal history, basic paddling and canoe instruction, river navigation, intro to camping skills, 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 Augusta. 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 Augusta Canal 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 Augusta Canal 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