The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle

Columbus, Georgia // Chattahoochee River

Record breaking whitewater rafting, zip-lining, live music and cold beer - The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle is back in 2019. The Grand is the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus, hosting more than 1,200 paddlers on the Chattahoochee River and featuring a Saturday afternoon riverside party celebrating Columbus - the best adventure city in Georgia!

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!

Starting at noon, join us for the Powerhouse Paddle Party at Waveshaper Island overlooking the rapids for live music, cold brews from Sweetwater Brewing Company and local sparkling waters from Montane Sparkling Spring Water.  

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

Additional individual beers cost $4 (cash only) and will be available to non-paddlers.


(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. 


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 Georgia Conservancy t-shirt, VIP access, complementary Sweetwater Brewing Company beers and Montane Sparkline Water at the Powerhouse Paddler Party.



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

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

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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.