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Heartland Rivers


The 2015 Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series introduces people to Georgia's Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlocknee, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Satilla and Savannah rivers 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 600 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, and the Little County Giants have pledged to lend their musical skills to the campfire setting.

2015 Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Schedule

DATE HEARTLAND RIVER SERIES PADDLE CLOSEST TOWN
February 21 Satilla River Day Paddle Woodbine
March 14 - 15 Flint River Deluxe Paddle at Montezuma Bluff Montezuma/Oglethorpe
March 20 - 22 Altamaha River to Sea Paddle Darien
April 10 Ochlockonee River Paddle Thomasville
April 24 - 26 Three Rivers Paddle and Broxton Rocks Tour Hazlehurst/Lumber City
May 8 - 10 Ogeechee River Paddle and Ossabaw Tour Fort McAllister
May 15 - 17 Augusta Canal Paddle Augusta
June 26 - 28 Lower Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend Retreat Newton
July 25 Chattahoochee River Paddle at Riverview Landing Mableton
September 12-13 Flint River Family Adventure Molena/Woodbury
October 3 Yellow River Day Paddle Porterdale
October 24 - 25 Chattahoochee Hills Paddle Whitesburg
November 6 - 8 Ocmulgee River Water Trails Paddle Hawkinsville

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 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, 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? The Ocmulgee, Flint, Ogeechee, Savannah, Chattahoochee and Altamaha 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