October 26 // 1 PM

Yellow River Paddle

Porterdale, GA

On October 26, 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.

Paddlers will meet in Downtown Porterdale at 11 AM for the bus shuttle to the put-in at Mt. Tabor Road.

  • Put-in: Mount Tabor Road, Almon, GA (I-20 Exit 88)

  • Take-out: Yellow River Park, Downtown Porterdale, GA

When you shed your boat and 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.

*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

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



*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on August 16 at 5 PM and to the General Public on August 19 at 5 PM

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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 August 16!  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 Stewardship Trips Director Clark Harrison at charrison@gaconservancy.org.



Stick around Porterdale for the Yellow River Jam!

Music will signal the end of your paddle. Yellow River Jam is a 1-day music festival in Downtown Porterdale and will feature music from Kevn Kinney (of Drivin N Cryin), Gringo Starr, Parker Gispert (of the Whigs), The High Divers, Shanith Shanith, and Tedo Stone. This will be the best place in Metro Atlanta for Boats, Bands and Brews on October 26!

Get your tickets today!

Yellow River Water Trail

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.

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 Clark Harrison at charrison@gaconservancy.org.