Saturday, AUGUST 10, 2019

The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle
& Environmental Stewardship Celebration

Columbus, Georgia // Chattahoochee River & Uptown Columbus

Now in its 6th year, The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is a celebration of environmental stewardship that honors the vision, leadership and conservation efforts of Columbus, GA demonstrated in the removal of two outdated mill dams and restoration of the Chattahoochee to its natural flow.

Join the Georgia Conservancy and Whitewater Express on August 10 as we take on the rapids and celebrate the incredible conservation efforts made by the City of Columbus.

Record-breaking whitewater rafting, zip-lining, live music, and cold beer - The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is back for 2019. The Grand is the largest day of whitewater rafting in Columbus, hosting more than 1,200 paddlers on the Chattahoochee River and featuring a Saturday afternoon riverside celebration of environmental stewardship!

In addition to a day of whitewater rafting, we will celebrate how powerful Georgia communities can be when we come together to protect our state’s natural resources and: 

  • Highlight existing initiatives and support the institutions and organizations already engaged in acts of sustainable development and environmental stewardship in the Columbus area.

  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach to fostering our natural resources by presenting a variety of information and perspectives and showcasing the conservation best practices and accomplishments of many.

  • Showcase examples of locally-oriented stewardship practices in water management, tree planting, invasive species removal, and conservation of soil across urban and rural environments and all geographies in Georgia, as well as in literature, historic preservation, and restoration specific to Columbus.

The Grand features guided rafting on the most considerable stretch of urban whitewater in the world (register below), and educational opportunities, to highlight a tremendous resource to the City and supporting the Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series.


Family-friendly activities focus on areas such as:

  • Arts + Culture

  • Environmental Education

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Civic + Community Awareness

  • Activities for Children + Youth of all ages/abilities

  • Revitalization of community + environment


$5 of every registration is automatically donated to support the Georgia Conservancy’s mission to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources!

In the morning, rafters will begin to hit the river for a day of whitewater paddling with our friends at Whitewater Express! Their team of paddle guides will lead groups on two-hour long rafting adventures down the 'hooch every hour of the day!


Enjoy class I-III+ rapids on the Classic Trip!  Guests will get to experience our popular Habitat Pool; a lazy river section of our river where guests get in river position and the natural current of the Chattahoochee pulls them downstream. Guests will have the opportunity to 'surf' the rapids. Guests must be at least 7 years of age or weigh at least 60 lbs. to participate

Challenge Whitewater

This is not your ordinary trip! Experience the biggest whitewater in the Eastern United States! The river has rapids like those found in Colorado and Zimbabwe! You will be accompanied by expert guides who will bring you home to tell a great new story of your experience! Guests must be 12 years of age to participate.


The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is hosted by The Georgia Conservancy, Whitewater Express, and SweetWater Brewing Company.

Thank you to sponsors of The 2018 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle:

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Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2019 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle & Environmental Stewardship Celebration? Please contact Georgia Conservancy Vice President of Development Jane Zoellick at and Georgia Conservancy Development and Engagement Director Liza Mueller at


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 Etowah, Flint, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, 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.

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