The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle & Block Party

Saturday, august 27th
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Columbus, Georgia


For the third year in a row, The Georgia Conservancy is bringing record breaking whitewater rafting, live music and cold SweetWater beer to Uptown Columbus at the 2016 The GRAND Columbus Whitewater Paddle, August 26th and 27th.

This EPIC weekend will kick off with The GRAND Columbus Block Party from 6-10 PM on Broadway. We will be blocking off the streets, serving up SweetWater brews and hosting incredible live music from Nashville. Friday night's Grand Columbus Block Party is FREE and open to the public. Bring chairs, blankets and coolers!



“The Grand” features a Saturday of discounted whitewater rafting starting at $25 per person - every paddler gets a free drink ticket for a beer or soft drink.


Lodging

Discounted hotel rooms at The Marriott in Uptown Columbus ($109 a night plus tax) can be booked by calling Jessica Elkins - 706.324.1800

 


"The Grand" Plan - Everything you need to know!


Grand Rafting

On Saturday, August 27, The Grand features discounted rafting starting at $25 per person for rafting trips between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The “Challenge” run at 4 PM and 5 PM is $45 per person. Click here for Saturday rafting reservations.

Whitewater Express is the main point of contact for rafting at The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle. Make sure you arrive at last 15 min. before your scheduled rafting time!


GRAND MUSIC

On Friday night, The Grand Block Party is going down in Uptown Columbus from 6:00 PM. to 11:00 PM. We will be blocking off the streets, setting up a stage and hosting incredible live music from Fire MountainKristina Murray Band and Great Peacock

On Saturday, the “Powerhouse Paddler Party” overlooking Waveshaper Rapid on the banks of the Chattahoochee River kicks off at 3:00 PM. We’ll be watching folks crash through the Waveshaper Rapid, while enjoying live music from Sailing To Denver, ice cold SweetWater Brewing Company beer and other refreshments throughout the afternoon.

The Powerhouse Paddler Party and the The Grand After-Paddle Party in Woodruff Park are free and open to the public.

GRAND GOOD TIME

Every Grand paddler receives a complementary wristband, souvenir cup and drink ticket (good for one SweetWater beer or Coca-Cola Company soft drink.) 

For non-paddlers, 21+ up wristbands cost $8 and include a Grand souvenir cup and a drink ticket (good for a soft drink or a SweetWater beer). Additional individual beers cost $5 (cash only). 

To receive your complementary beverage, pick-up your wristband and ticket starting at 3:00 PM at The Powerhouse.


THe GRAND MUSICAL GUESTS



Friday Night

The Grand Block Party: Kristina Murray, Fire Mountain and Great Peacock kickoff 2016 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle in style with a block party in Uptown Columbus. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Free of charge.


Saturday Night

The Powerhouse Paddler Party overlooking Waveshaper Rapid on the banks of the Chattahoochee River kicks off at 3:00 PM. We’ll be watching folks crash through the Waveshaper Rapid, while enjoying live music from Sailing To Denver, ice cold SweetWater Brewing Company beer and other refreshments throughout the afternoon.


Natural Partner Presenting Sponsors

Ambush Rapids Sponsors


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PHOTOS FROM THE 2015 GRAND COLUMBUS WHITEWATER PADDLE

 

The Grand Columbus Whitewater 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.

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.