MAY 12 - 14
Three Rivers Paddle & Tent Revival
Formed by the South, Yellow and Alcovy rivers, the Ocmulgee River flows south through central Georgia where it meets the Oconee River just past Lumber City. The confluence of these two long rivers creates the Altamaha River.
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.
These “Three Rivers” constitute one of the eastern United States’ largest watersheds and are home to some of Georgia’s rarest species.
Join the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Canoeing Association for an educational weekend of paddling, camping and exploring the history and ecology of these three Georgia Heartland rivers, the Ocmulgee, Oconee and Altamaha.
On Saturday, we will paddle 14 miles of the Ocmulgee River and Altamaha River. After the paddle we will host a low county boil and enjoy live music.
On Sunday, we will explore the mysterious and ecologically-rare Broxton Rocks Nature Preserve and get our feet dirty on a 2-3 mile hike along rocky terrain. Thanks to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy for this opportunity.
From the Nature Conservancy: Ages ago, part of the 15,000 square mile band of sandstone running under this flat coastal part of Georgia was exposed by erosion. Combined with the roaring water of Rocky Creek, a tributary of the Ocmulgee River, and the steady effects of weathering, an environmental anomaly was created, a place where a network of fissures, cliffs and crevices stay cool and moist, juxtaposed with almost desert-like conditions on flat rocks above the fissures.
While this is enough to make Broxton Rocks a site worth seeing, there’s more. Plant life abounds, some not normally found in the coastal region and some growing in unusual ways. Green-fly orchids, for example, which grow on trees, adorn the rock walls at Broxton Rocks.
50TH ANNIVERSARY TENT REVIVAL
It’s time for a good ole fashioned backcountry camp meeting.
In conjunction with the paddle, the Georgia Conservancy is issuing an invitation for a riverside “tent revival.”
On Saturday evening, April 13th, join the Georgia Conservancy and friends on the riverbank at Towns Bluff Park for a conservation revival and BBQ. Our "tent revivals" are a chance to renew, reframe and explore what it means to love Georgia's great outdoors in 2017 - this time with special guests who hold a close relationship to the Ocmulgee, Oconee and Altamaha Rivers.
Guests are invited to join the Georgia Conservancy at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments, good conversation and live music. Dinner, Grassroots Farms pulled pork BBQ and sides, will be served around 7 p.m. After dinner, Taylor, special guests will make a presentation about the impact that the Three Rivers have had on their lives and the importance of including folks from all communities and backgrounds in the effort to conserve Georgia's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy will then open the floor to others to speak about their relationship with the river: what's gone, what’s at stake and what we can do to protect the Altamaha we know today. Testimonials are encouraged.
The cost of the BBQ is covered in the price for paddlers. It's $5 per person for non-paddling guests. Please register below.
Trip Price: Weekend Paddle/Broxton Rocks & Camp - $150, Saturday Day Paddle Pass - $50. Saturday Night Tent Revival BBQ - $5 per person. *Canoes not included in price, please add canoe while registering below.
Recommended Experience Levels: Novice
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*DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
REGISTER BELOW *
*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members at 5 PM on February 15 and to the General Public at 5 PM on February 17
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 Alexis Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are 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.
The Three Rivers 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, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge.
Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program