The Grand

The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle

Last summer, we hosted the largest single day of whitewater paddling in Columbus, GA history at The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle. In 2015 The Grand is back and better than ever - expanded to include a full weekend of live music, whitewater rafting, flatwater paddling and “Saturday night lights” whitewater kayaking demonstration.

On August 7th, join Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle, presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers and hosted by the Georgia Conservancy, Uptown Columbus, Whitewater Express, This Is American Music and The SweetWater Brewing Company for weekend of live music, discounted whitewater rafting, food trucks and much more! The Grand kickoff party starts Friday afternoon with discounted rafting and a kickoff concert of free live music, food trucks and SweetWater beer in Uptown Columbus. On Saturday, "The Grand” features nine discounted hourly time slots, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and includes a full day of free live music in Woodruff Park. For those interested in a more relaxing time on the water, Whitewater Express will lead a flatwater paddle to Oxbow Meadows starting at 10:00 a.m. Every Grand 2.0 paddler receives a complementary wristband, souvenir cup and drink ticket.

The after paddle party, starting at 3 p.m. and hosted by This is American Music,  is free, open to the public and will be hosted in Woodruff Park, adjacent to the Whitewater Express Outpost. Outdoor restrooms, food trucks, water stations and Grand 2.0 merchandise will be on sale.

After the sun goes down, Whitewater Express employees (and any adventurous whitewater kayakers) will put on a “Saturday Night Lights” demonstration at the new section of whitewater illuminated by stadium lights.

After-paddle wristbands for SweetWater cost $8 and include a Grand 2.0 souvenir cup and a drink ticket (good for a soft drink or a SweetWater Beer - valid 21+ and up). Individual beer tickets cost $4 (you must have a wrist band to get a ticket).

Rafting prices are $25 per person for rafting trips between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The “Challenge” run at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. is $45 per person.

Registration is available through Whitewater Express (you must select August 8th to purchase tickets to the Grand 2.0)



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