Altamaha River Paddle & Tent Revival
Join the Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series as we explore the lower Altamaha on March 24-26, introducing first-time visitors to one of Georgia’s greatest treasures and welcoming returning paddlers to the annual paddling and camping adventure! The Altamaha River Paddle will also play host on Saturday night to our first Georgia Conservancy 50th Anniversary "Tent Revival" featuring award winning fiction writer Taylor Brown debuting his new Altamaha-focused book River of Kings (more details below). Taylor will be on hand signing and selling copies of his new Altamaha inspired book - River of Kings - all weekend long.
Known as Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” the Altamaha is a mighty river. It drains the second largest watershed on the east coast into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate of over 100,000 gallons per second. Its main stem, forming in Lumber City at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers, is undammed and free-flowing, creating a relatively intact and healthy ecosystem that is home to more than 100 rare and endangered species – the largest concentration in the state.
The Altamaha is also a little known paradise for paddling, bird watching and camping. Photographers, artists and nature lovers enjoy the abundance of wildlife found in this pristine waterway.
On Saturday, from the ARP (Altamaha Regional Park) we will paddle 17 miles on the main stem of the Altamaha, Stud Horse Creek, Lewis Creek and Rifle Cut. We will make our way to Darien Creek as we enter downtown Darien and take out at Skipper’s Landing
On Sunday, we will get up and stretch our legs and hit the river one more time, exploring the cypress-laden system of lakes directly across the Altamaha from the campground.
50th Anniversary TENT REVIVAL
It’s time for a good ole fashioned backcountry camp meeting.
In conjunction with the paddle, the Georgia Conservancy is issuing an invitation for a riverside “tent revival.”
On Saturday, March 25th, join the Georgia Conservancy and friends on the riverbank at Altamaha Regional Park for a conservation revival and BBQ. Our "tent revivals" are a chance to renew, reframe and explore what it means to love Georgia's great outdoors in 2017 - this time with special guests writer Taylor Brown, photographer Benjamin Galland and pit master Brandon Chonko, owner / operator of Grassroots Farms.
Guests are invited to join the Georgia Conservancy at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments, good conversation and live music. Dinner, Grassroots Farms pulled pork BBQ and sides, will be served around 7 p.m. After dinner, Taylor, Benjamin and Brandon will make a presentation about the impact the Altamaha River has had on their lives and the importance of including folks from all communities and backgrounds in the effort to conserve Georgia's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy will then open the floor to others to speak about their relationship with the river: what's gone, what’s at stake and what we can do to protect the Altamaha we know today. Testimonials are encouraged.
The cost of the BBQ is covered in the price for paddlers. It's $5 per person for non-paddling guests. Please register below. Our Saturday cookout open at 6 PM with dinner at 7 PM. Our "tent revival" discussion starts in the riverside pavilion at 8 PM.
Trip Price: Weekend Paddle + Camping - $150 (Does not include kayak rental); Day Paddle - $50 (Does not include kayak rental); Saturday Night Tent Revival BBQ: $5 per person.
Click here to rent a kayak from SouthEast Adventure.
Recommended Experience Levels: Intermediate
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*Details Are Subject To Change
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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on December 15 and to the General Public on December 19
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 Kelsey McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you adding on a membership with this trip purchase? Use (GCMember) promo code to receive a $5 discount. Adding on a Cambium membership? Use (GCCambium) promo code to receive $10 off your purchase.
Participants who choose to camp have unlimited access to our REI sponsored Gear Bank which includes tents, sleeping pads, backpacks, and flashlights for a one-time fee of $5. Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) will receive a $5 discount (which makes it free) for the Gear Bank Access.
The Altamaha River to Sea 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.
Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program