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The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle  //  August 9

WE ARE NO LONGER REGISTERING RAFTERS ONLINE.  TO INQUIRE ABOUT OPEN TIME SLOTS AND TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT WHITEWATER EXPRESS AT 706.321.4720

In Columbus, whitewater is big deal, but can they handle 1,000 paddlers in one day?
The Georgia Conservancy wants to find out: let's make it a GRAND.

Mark your calendars: August 9th is The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle on the Chattahoochee! Join the Georgia Conservancy, Whitewater Express and Uptown Columbus for this whitewater rafting celebration and an after-paddle party in Uptown Columbus with live music, food trucks and SweetWater Brewing Company beer. Every paddler receives a drink ticket for a SweetWater beer or a soft drink redeemable at the after-paddle party.

Be a part of the largest single day of whitewater paddling in Columbus history - over 1,000 paddlers and after party participants celebrating the longest stretch of urban whitewater in the world!

Choose from 9 different time slots, starting at 10 a.m. - and ending at 5 p.m., including an early morning wake and splash, a mid-afternoon paddle (with the option for a bike ride), and a Highwater afternoon paddle. Children ages 7+ are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., children 12+ are welcome on the HIGHwater rafting trips. All rafting trips begin at Whitewater Express, 1000 Bay Street, Columbus, GA 31901. Respectively, prices are $20, $25 and $45 per person.

10 a.m. Wake and Splash Special
Rafting Trip - $20 per person

11:00 a.m. Wake and Splash Special
Rafting Trip - $20 per person

12:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Whitewater Paddle
Rafting Trip - $25 per person
Rafting Trip with Riverwalk Bike Tour - $35

1:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Whitewater Paddle - SOLD OUT

2:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Whitewater PaddleSOLD OUT - PWC / Aflac guests only

3:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Whitewater - SOLD OUT

4:00 p.m. - Chattahoochee HIGHwater Paddle
Rafting Trip - $45 per person

5:00 p.m. - Chattahoochee HIGHwater PaddleSOLD OUT

After registration you will receive an email receipt from DonationPay and your name and time slot will be given to Whitewater Express. There will not be tickets issued for The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle. Rafters who purchase add-on experiences can pickup their bike rental vouchers starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Whitewater Express Outpost in Uptown Columbus. Hour long Bike rentals are scheduled to start immediately after your rafting trip has ended. Please plan on arriving at least 5 min before your scheduled departure.

All prices, while already deeply discounted, include an invitation to an after-paddle party hosted at the Whitewater Express Outpost in Uptown Columbus and includes live music from Kristina Murray and Sailing To Denver, local Columbus food trucks, an outdoor splash and play fountain, games, prizes, and activities hosted by The Atlanta Hawks Flight Team. Uptown Columbus will be shutting down the street for the after-paddle party between Whitewater Express and Woodruff Park at 1000 Bay Street, Columbus, GA 31901. 

All rafting guests and sponsors will receive a “drink ticket” for a free SweetWater beer (and a beer wristband) or a soft drink. The after-paddle party gets kicked-off at 5:30 PM and wraps up at 9:00 PM and includes a brief speaking engagement from Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

Can’t make it on the river? The after-paddle party is free and open to the public. To purchase a SweetWater Beer, guests need a valid ID and a wristband. Wristbands are $5 and include a ticket for your first beer, tickets for SweetWater beer can be purchased for $4 (cash only - ATM on site).

All time slots include a raft, paddle, life vest, paddle instruction and transportation from the outpost to the put-in.

WE ARE NO LONGER REGISTERING RAFTERS ONLINE.  TO INQUIRE ABOUT OPEN TIME SLOTS AND TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT WHITEWATER EXPRESS AT 706.321.4720

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, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, Satilla and Savannah 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.

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