The Grand

Record breaking whitewater rafting, paddling board champions, live music and cold beer - The 2016 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is bigger, better and wetter than ever!

The Georgia Conservancy, Whitewater ExpressUptown ColumbusSweetWater Brewing Company and This is American Music present The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle, sponsored by Publix, Aflac, PricewaterhouseCoopers and TSYS. The Grand is the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus history hosting more than 2,000 paddlers!

The big splash: “The Grand” features a weekend of discounted whitewater rafting starting at $25 per person - every paddler gets a free drink ticket for a beer or soft drink. Click here to register.

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

Friday Night, August 26

The Grand Columbus Block Party featuring Fire Mountain, Kristina Murray Band and Great Peacock!

Shutdown the streets, it’s time to party. The Georgia Conservancy and Uptown Columbus are proud to host The Grand Block Party, a celebration of whitewater in Columbus and the Georgia Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary of protecting and conserving Georgia's natural resources.

Located between 10th and 11th on Broadway, the The Grand Block Party will feature live music from Fire Mountain (6 PM), Kristina Murray Band (7:30 PM) and Great Peacock (9 PM). Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets and coolers. A SweetWater Brewing Company draft truck will be selling beer in the streets all evening long!

Saturday, August 27

The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle - the single largest day of Whitewater Rafting in Columbus, Georgia history - kicks off at 9 AM with the last run beginning at 4 PM. The Grand is the best whitewater rafting deal of the season with rafting starting at $25 per person. Click here to register.

The best part of the day? Every paddler receives a free SweetWater Brewing Company 16oz beer at The Grand After Paddle Party hosted inn the shade and overlooking the best rapids on the Chattahoochee at Waveshaper Island from 3 PM to 6:30 PM.

The Grand After Paddle Party includes live music and ice cold SweetWater Brewing Company beer.

Sailing to Denver, the “house band” of the Georgia Conservancy, will be playing by the plumes at Waveshaper Island!

Guests of legal drinking age will be given a ticket for a free SweetWater Brewing Company 16oz beer. Not a paddler (or a paddler who wants seconds?), we will be selling beer for $4 per 16oz beer.

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.


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 Wilderness Area, 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 Trips Director Ben Fowler at or (404) 876-2900 ext. 111 anytime for questions or details concerning trips or planning your own adventures around Georgia.

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