OCtober 1

Yellow River Paddle & Jam

Porterdale, GA

On October 1, join the Georgia Conservancy and the Yellow River Water Trail for a peaceful 7-mile flat-water paddle on the Yellow River as it rambles through Newton County. You will float through quiet wooded areas with sandbars for picnicking and rope swings for playing along the way. We may be joined by some of the locals--watch for blue herons, kishfishers turtles, deer and otters. This lazy section of river is shallow, sandy-bottomed and slow—great for kids, newbies, and anyone who wants to kick back. Drift back in time when you see aged bridge remnants, destroyed by Sherman during the Civil War.

Music will signal the end of your paddle. As you approach the Porterdale’s Yellow River Park just above the mill dam, take in some tunes by local bands. Yellow River Jam is a 1-day music festival on a riverside stage. When you shed your boat gear, head for some craft beer and local fare; the take-out is about a half-block away from downtown Porterdale- a vibrant, historic 1830s mill village. Restaurants will be grilling and baking for hungry paddlers. This will be the best place in Atlanta for Boats, Bands and Brews on October 1!

If you like this, explore the rest of Yellow River. The Yellow River Water Trail is a Georgia River Network certified river running 53 miles through Gwinnett, DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties, beautiful woodlands, stone outcrops, parks, small town shopping and even great whitewater (in Gwinnett and below the dam in Newton) for the daring. The Yellow joins with the Alcovy and South rivers at Jackson Lake to create the great Ocmulgee River.

Put-in: Mount Tabor Road, Almon, GA (I-20 Exit 88)

Take-out: Yellow River Park, Downtown Porterdale, GA 



Day Paddle - $35 Per Person*

Includes: Guided paddle, after paddle party at the Yellow River Jam, one free post-paddle beer and Yellow River Jam t-shirt.

*BYOB (bring your own boat – boat not included)  

Need to rent a boat? Please click here to reserve one!

*Paddle Your Children ... down the river with the Georgia Conservancy. New in 2016: Children 14 and under register for FREE on select Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Trips


  • Children must be 14 and under
  • Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
  • All children must have a signed waiver from their legal guardian
  • Boat rental and meals not included. Camping Only.
  • Does not include our Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs.
  • One adult for every two children.

When completing registration add your children’s names and ages under Question #1.

Membership Discounts - A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.

Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres atatorres@gaconservancy.org




Dates: October 1, 2016 (Saturday) *Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.


  • Guided Paddle
  • Planning, logistics, safety boaters, shuttle to and from put-in and take-out
  • After-paddle party
  • Yellow River Jam (free music, beer, food, fun!
  • Yellow River Jam t-shirt

Capacity: 50 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.

Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Coordinator, and Bryan Schroeder, Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Stewardship and Outreach

Hosts: Greg Bates

Duration: 1 Day

Paddle and Safety Requirements: All participants, volunteers, safety personal, media representatives, event organizers, VIPs, and others must read and sign the Georgia Conservancy Waiver and Release of Liability form before participating in or assisting with the event or activity. Individual participants must have basic paddling skills, be capable of self-rescue in the water, and wear a life vest/PFD at all times. Individuals should know their skill levels on the water enough to avoid conditions for which they are not prepared. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian and every child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the water. *If you are a beginner paddler, or you would like to improve your paddle skills and safety on the water, please look into instructional classes with REI or the Georgia Canoeing Association.

Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to Porterdale for the Yellow River Paddle. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. If canceling within 72 hours before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancelations.

What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:

  • Confirmation of registration: this email is sent by our Membership Director and serves as your payment receipt for the trip and lets you know you’re on the list!
  • Welcome to Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips: this email will be sent by Bryan Schroeder or Ben Fowler (The Stewardship Trips Team) welcoming you to the specific trip and we may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people (ex. names of individuals, rental gear needs, dietary restrictions, etc.)
  • 2 weeks away: A reminder to start getting excited for your upcoming adventure and will include any remaining details or specifics concerning the trip if not explained before (ex. waivers, medical forms, gear checklist, ferry schedule, service work choices, ect.)
  • 1 week away: We are all set and looking forward to seeing you! We may provide updates on any minor trip changes. If it is a service trip, for example, we will provide lists of elected service work or sleeping locations.

The Yellow River 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, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge.

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.