September 22

Yellow River Paddle & Jam

Porterdale, GA

On September 22nd, 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.

  • Put-in: Mount Tabor Road, Almon, GA (I-20 Exit 88)
  • Take-out: Yellow River Park, Downtown Porterdale, GA

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 September 22!

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.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our Yellow River Day Paddle: Sweetwater Brewing Company and Cafe Campesino Coffee.

*For our paddling trips, we facilitate a shuttle for all participants. We ensure that the majority of boat carrying vehicles are waiting at the takeout, ready for participants when they get off the water. Details will be explained during our pre-trip emails, and plenty of shuttle instruction is provided in the field. We never leave anyone behind!

By participating in one of our Stewardship Trips, you are helping to support our year-round and statewide advocacy for the protection and conservation of Georgia's natural resources.


Trip Price: Day Paddle -$40 (Does not include boat rental). If you would like to rent a kayak for this trip, please call Porterdale's Nomadic Flow Outfitters at 470-249-5792 and mention the Georgia Conservancy's Yellow River Day Paddle.

Recommended Experience Levels: Beginner

Trip Snapshot Details: Click to learn more and for downloadable .pdf

Stewardship Trips FAQs: Click here to learn more and for a downloadable .pdf

*DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members at 5 PM on July 16 and to the General Public at 5 PM on July 18

Did you know? Georgia Conservancy members have the opportunity to register early for select Stewardship Trips, as well as receive a discount on a number of our adventures during the year. Become a Georgia Conservancy member today, or renew your membership to register on July 19!  Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration and to receive a discount (Live Oak Level and above) when registering for this trip. If you have any questions, please contact Georgia Conservancy Development Coordinator Carden Barkley at cbarkley@gaconservancy.org

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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


If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org