February 12 - 14
Satilla River Paddle
Join the Georgia Conservancy, Satilla Riverkeeper, Georgia Canoeing Association and SouthEast Adventure Outfitters for a weekend paddle on one of the most beautiful blackwater rivers in Georgia - the majestic Satilla.
The Satilla River is a delightful blackwater stream that arises on the coastal plain. Its waters are clear and dark, and much of the riverbed is clean white sand. The Satilla originates in Ben Hill and Coffee counties at an elevation of only 350 feet, and it flows gently east for about 260 miles before emptying into St. Andrews Sound.
On Saturday, we will be paddling a beautiful 10-mile section of river between Burnt Fort Ramp, just above GA Hwy. 252, and the take out near the Satilla Lodge - one of the finest private properties on the Satilla River!
On Sunday we will continue our exploration of the Satilla in-and-around the Woodbine area wrapping up a beautiful weekend on the river.
Registration includes dinner on Friday and Saturday night, overnight guests are expected to bring their own breakfast and lunch.
Thank you to Satilla Riverkeeper Ashby Nix for her help and support on this trip!
Saturday & Sunday Day Pass - $50 Per Day Per PErSon**
Includes guided paddle and shuttle service for either the Saturday or Sunday paddle.
Does not include overnight accommodations.
Price does not include canoe or kayak*
Weekend Camping AT Satilla River LOdge**
Registration includes primitive camping at the Satilla River Lodge and a two days of guided paddling on the Satilla River.
This camping price includes dinners, but does not include breakfasts or Saturday lunch.
Price does not include canoe or kayak*
*To rent a kayak or a tandem kayak from SouthEast Adventure Outfitters,please visit their dedicated rental websites for our Satilla River Paddle (kayak rentals start at $35 in include PFD and paddle).
** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: May 6-8, 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 Satilla River
- Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy thanks to our REI Sponsorship.
- Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
- Café Campesino Coffee
Capacity: 55 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.
Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director
Hosts: Cindy Wolfe
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Satilla River 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 the Satilla 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. 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 Satilla River 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 Satilla River 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