Altamaha River to Sea Paddle
Join the Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series as we explore the lower Altamaha on March 22-24, introducing first-time visitors to one of Georgia’s greatest treasures and welcoming returning paddlers to the annual paddling and camping adventure!
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 Friday, paddlers are welcome to join us at our basecamp for the weekend at Altamaha Regional Park (ARP) to set up camp and enjoy dinner and the campfire with fellow participants.
On Saturday morning, our boats will leaving from the ARP and 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. After the day on the water, we'll enjoy a low-country boil, Sweetwater brews and share stories around the campfire.
On Sunday morning, participants will have the opportunity to return to the water and explore the cypress-laden system of lakes directly across the Altamaha from the campground.
Banner Image by Andre Turner
Trip Price: Weekend Paddle + Camping - $155 (Does not include kayak rental); Day Paddle (includes both Sat. & Sun) - $50 (Does not include kayak rental).
To rent a kayak from SouthEast Adventure Outfitters, please click here.
Recommended Experience Levels: Intermediate
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*Details Are Subject To Change
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*Registration opens to the Georgia Conservancy members on December 17 at 5 PM and to the General Public on December 19 at 5 PM
Did you know? Georgia Conservancy members have the opportunity to register early for select Stewardship Trips, as well as receive a discount on a number of our adventures during the year. Become a Georgia Conservancy member today, or renew your membership to register on December 17! Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration and to receive a discount (Live Oak Level and above) when registering for this trip.
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, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, Satilla, Savannah and Yellow rivers, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge.
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