The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle

Columbus, Georgia // Chattahoochee River

The Fourth Annual Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is August 12 in Columbus!

Record breaking whitewater rafting, zip-lining, live music and cold beer - The 2017 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle on August 12 is bigger, better and wetter than ever. The Grand is the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus history hosting more than 1,500 paddlers on the Chattahoochee River and featuring a Saturday afternoon riverside party celebrating Columbus - the best adventure city in Georgia!

On Saturday 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!

In the afternoon, join in us on for the Powerhouse Paddle Party at overlooking Waveshaper Island for live music from Sailing to Denver and cold brews with our friends from Sweetwater Brewing Company!

The big splash: “The Grand” features a weekend of discounted whitewater rafting starting at $25 per person - every paddler gets a free drink ticket for a beer or soft drink. 

The Powerhouse Paddler Party is free and open to the public.

For non-paddlers, 21+ up wristbands cost $8 and include a Grand souvenir cup and a drink ticket (good for a soft drink or a SweetWater beer). Additional individual beers cost $4 (cash only). 

To receive your complementary beverage, pick-up your wristband and ticket starting at 3:00 PM at The Powerhouse.


(7) Two-Hour Time Slots Available:
9 AM / 10 AM / 11 AM / Noon / 1 PM / 3 PM / 4 PM

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 7 years of age or weigh at least 60 lbs. to participate


Challenge Whitewater - $45

(2) Three-Hour Time Slots Available:
 4 PM / 5 PM

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. 


Includes: Unlimited whitewater trips throughout Saturday, unlimited zip-line adventures, a free Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle t-shirt, complementary Sweetwater Brewing Company Beers, and free Coca-Cola beverages

Enjoy the Grand VIP Experience with the Georgia Conservancy and Whitewater Express. VIP guests will have the opportunity to join in on any guided rafting trip throughout  Saturday (both classic and challenge, as well as the chance to experience flying across the Chattahoochee and into Alabama on Whitewater Express' jaw-dropping zip-line. Guests will also receive a 2017 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle t-shirt, VIP access to the Powerhouse Paddler Party which includes complementary Sweetwater Brewing Company beers and unlimited Coca-Cola beverages.


The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is hosted by The Georgia ConservancyWhitewater ExpressUptown Columbus and SweetWater Brewing Company.
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The 2017 Grand Sponsors


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 Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, Satilla, 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.