The Grand

Record breaking whitewater rafting, paddling board champions, live music and cold beer - The 2016 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle, August 27, 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers and TSYS. The Grand is the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus history hosting over 2,000 paddlers and after-paddle partiers celebrating Columbus - the best adventure city in Georgia!

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!

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 7:00 PM. to 10:00 PM. We will be blocking off the streets, setting up a stage and hosting incredible live music from Fire Mountain and The Kristina Murray Band.

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 local music, ice cold SweetWater Brewing Company beer and other refreshments throughout the afternoon.

At 7:00 PM the party moves to Woodruff Park for and The Grand After-Paddle Party and includes SweetWater Brewing Company beer, food trucks and live music from the big stage featuring Sailing to Denver and Tedo Stone, starting at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM, respectively.

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). We will have an ATM at Woodruff Park (you must have a wristband to get a beer).

To receive your complementary beverage, pick-up your wristband and ticket starting at 3:00 PM at The Powerhouse or 6:00 PM in Woodruff Park.

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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