Flint Paddle at Montezuma Bluff

Flint River Deluxe Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs
Hosted by Wesley Holmes and Judi Friedman

There’s nothing like canoe camping. All the comforts of home, floated downstream by boat, decorating the sandy banks of the Flint River. That’s what makes this trip a “deluxe” camping trip: hot food, ice cold beverages, live music and a warm campfire. On July 11, join the Georgia Conservancy on a guided overnight paddle on this section of the Flint River between Marshallville and Montezuma, GA.

From the high bluffs of the southern Flint River Valley that flank the river and guide its course to the swamps and sandy river banks commonly found in the coastal plain, paddlers will witness a vast variety of landscape and wildlife.

No better to act as guide for this adventure than Mr. John Williams, the outdoorsman from Plains.  John is a dedicated member and volunteer of both the Georgia Conservancy and Georgia Canoeing Association and has been leading overnight camping and paddling trips on the Flint River for more than 30 years.

Saturday’s paddle will roughly be 8 miles and Sunday’s portion 3 miles.

Price breakdown: 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.

  • $85 per person (overnight paddle)




Dates: July 11-12, 2015 (Saturday and 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 paddle along the Flint River and Montezuma Bluffs
  • Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Please bring your own lunch for both days
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
  • Café Campesino Coffee
  • Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy free of charge thanks to our REI Sponsorship.
Capacity: 45 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.
Staff/Guides: Bryan Schroeder, Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Stewardship and Outreach
Hosts: Wesley Holmes and Judi Friedman
Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night - Saturday through Sunday
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Basic paddling and river navigation skills, river camping basics, Flint River history, camp cooking, camping basics, 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 the Flint River. 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. 72 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancelations.
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 Membership Director 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 Bryan Schroeder or Ben Fowler (The Stewardship Trips Team) welcoming you to the specific trip and we may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people (ex. names of individuals, rental gear needs, dietary restrictions, etc.)
  • 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.
Check out our photos from the 2014 Flint River at Montezuma Bluffs Paddle

The ChattNOW Paddle at Riverview Landing 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.

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.


Throughout our nearly 50-year history, we have relied on our members for support. It is thanks to this support that we have accomplished goals such as protecting Sweetwater Creek State Park, Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and thousands of acres of private forests, fields and wetlands, efforts that have helped shape Georgia as we know it. Become a member of the Georgia Conservancy today!

Contact Stewardship Coordinator, Ben Fowler, at bfowler@georgiaconservancy.org or (404) 876-2900 ext. 111 anytime for questions or details concerning trips or planning your own adventures around Georgia.