Yellow River Paddle & Jam
On October 7th, join the Georgia Conservancy and the Yellow River Water Trail for a peaceful 7-mile flat-water paddle on the Yellow River as it rambles through Newton County. You will float through quiet wooded areas with sandbars for picnicking and rope swings for playing along the way. We may be joined by some of the locals--watch for blue herons, kingfishers turtles, deer and otters. This lazy section of river is shallow, sandy-bottomed and slow—great for kids, newbies, and anyone who wants to kick back. Drift back in time when you see aged bridge remnants, destroyed by Sherman during the Civil War.
Music will signal the end of your paddle. As you approach the Porterdale’s Yellow River Park just above the mill dam, take in some tunes by local bands. Yellow River Jam is a 1-day music festival on a riverside stage. When you shed your boat gear, head for some craft beer and local fare; the take-out is about a half-block away from downtown Porterdale- a vibrant, historic 1830s mill village. Restaurants will be grilling and baking for hungry paddlers. This will be the best place in Atlanta for Boats, Bands and Brews on October 7!
If you like this, explore the rest of Yellow River. The Yellow River Water Trail is a Georgia River Network certified river running 53 miles through Gwinnett, DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties, beautiful woodlands, stone outcrops, parks, small town shopping and even great whitewater (in Gwinnett and below the dam in Newton) for the daring. The Yellow joins with the Alcovy and South rivers at Jackson Lake to create the great Ocmulgee River.
- Put-in: Mount Tabor Road, Almon, GA (I-20 Exit 88)
- Take-out: Yellow River Park, Downtown Porterdale, GA
“Paddle Your Children ... down the river with the Georgia Conservancy”
Children 14 and under register for FREE on select Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Trips
- Children must be 14 and under
- Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
- All children must have a signed waiver from their legal guardian
- One adult for every two children, please!
Trip Price: Day Paddle -$40 (Does not include boat rental. Rental details coming soon!)
Recommended Experience Levels: Beginner
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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on December 15 and to the General Public on December 19
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 email@example.com. 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 Yellow River 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