April 14 - 16

Lower Flint River Paddle and Farm Tour at Rocky Bend Retreat
Newton, GA

On April 14-16, join the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Canoe Association for our third annual Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend Retreat. This trip is one of our Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series events. This year, we're adding a working farm tour and agriculture education component to our trip. Our goal is to highlight the delicate balance between river and farm and the steps some south Georgia farmers are taking to lead the nation in water conservation. Our trip will include the opportunity to tour the Stripling Irrigation Research Park and learn about cutting edge water conservation technology. 

Located south of Albany in Newton, the Rocky Bend Retreat will be our headquarters for a fantastic weekend exploring a beautiful section of the Flint River. 

“Nestled on the shores of the gently rolling Flint River in a quiet corner of southwest Georgia, Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat is the perfect place to leave the hustle-bustle of everyday behind. Whether you are looking for a base camp to enjoy the best hunting and fishing our region offers or you are visiting relatives in the area, our family owned and operated retreat is waiting just for you." 

On Saturday, we will paddle 8 miles on the Flint River south of Rocky Bend Retreat, passing through the mystic limestone bluffs and majestic cypress trees. The clear water of the Flint, fed by underground aquifers, makes paddling this section of the Flint River unforgettable. At lunch we will take a break from paddling and tour a research facility that leads the nation in row crop water conservation techniques including drop head irrigation, variable rate irrigation and soil moisture sensors to conserve water. We will also learn about a local Long Leaf Pine restoration project and the State of Georgia's Gopher Tortoise Initiative. After the farm tour we will travel by car back to Rocky Bend Retreat for a cookout and river celebration. 

On Sunday morning, we will head back to the Flint River and paddle an additional 8 miles where we will take out at the boat ramp just past Ichawaynochaway Creek. After the paddle our group will shuttle back to Rocky Bend Retreat. 

Trip Price:  Day Paddle Pass - $50, Weekend Paddle + Camp - $150, Weekend Paddle + Cabin  - Starts at $35o. *Boat not inluded in price. To reserve a boat call Rocky Bend Retreat at 229-343-2767 (Day Paddlers please only rent a boat for the days you plan on participating)

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice

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Glenn Cox, local farmer, discusses water conservation techniques at UGA's Stripling irrigation Research PARK. 


*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members at 5 PM February 15 and to the General Public on 5 PM February 17

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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 kmcnamara@gaconservancy.orgAre 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.

Gallery of photos from past Lower Flint River trips:

Gallery of photos from the Stripling Irrigation Research Park:


The Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend 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


If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org