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Heartland Rivers

The 2016 Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series introduces people to Georgia's Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Satilla, Savannah and Yellow rivers, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge, and includes stops in more than 20 Georgia counties, running through or nearby Savannah, Darien, Thomaston, Albany, Thomasville, Hazlehurst, Hawkinsville, Columbus and Augusta. An estimated 2000 people, ranging from expert to novice, will join the paddle series - making it the largest trips program in the Conservancy’s history. Many of the paddle programs are hosted over a full weekend and include the opportunity for camping, hiking and live music. Georgia-based musicians Sailing to Denver, City Mouse, Little County Giants and All The Locals have pledged to lend their musical skills to the campfire setting.

2016 Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Schedule

January 8 - 10 Ocmulgee River Water Trails Paddle Hawkinsville
February 12 - 14 Satilla River Day Paddle Woodbine
March 18 - 20 Altamaha River to Sea Paddle Darien
April 9 Ochlockonee River Paddle Thomasville
April 15 - 17 Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend Retreat Newton
April 23 Augusta Canal Paddle Augusta
May 6 - 8 Ogeechee River Paddle and Ossabaw Tour
Richmond Hill
May 20 - 22 Three Rivers Paddle and Broxton Rocks Tour Hazlehurst
June 3 - 5 Spring Creek Paddle Bainbridge/Brinson
July 16 - 17 Flint River Deluxe Paddle at Montezuma Bluff
July 23 ChattATL Paddle at Riverview Landing Mableton
August 27 The Grand 3.0 Whitewater Paddle Columbus
September 10 - 11 Flint River Family Adventure Molena/Woodbury
October 1 Yellow River Day Paddle Porterdale

Launched in 2012, the Heartland paddle series, which was born out of partnership between the Georgia Canoeing Association and the Georgia Conservancy, has grown to include community based nonprofits and civic groups including the Altamaha Riverkeeper, the Savannah Riverkeeper, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, the Satilla Riverkeeper, the Chattahoochee RiverWarden, Georgia State Parks, the Department of Natural Resources, Keeping it Wild, Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center, Jeff Davis County Board of Tourism, Augusta Canal Heritage Area, Better Hometown Hawkinsville, Uptown Columbus, Montezuma Downtown Development Authority, Gerald I. Lawhorn Scout Camp, Yellow River Water Trail, and Rivers Alive.

“There are rivers in our backyard that are greatly underutilized,” said Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Stewardship and Outreach Bryan Schroeder. “Why drive to North Carolina or Tennessee for a weekend on the river? Our Heartland Rivers provide incredible outdoor recreational opportunities. We want to work with local civic groups to help people use these rivers as eco-tourist destinations. There should be thousands of paddlers, not just a handful, canoeing, camping and enjoying these rivers every weekend.”

Read about the inaugural Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series