Hidden Gem Paddling Series 

Hidden Gems Paddling Series


Coosawattee River Hidden Gem Paddle to Farm to Table
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July 31
Join us for a unique day-long adventure down the beautiful up-and-coming Coosawattee River Water Trail. Participants will paddle with Suzanne Welander, author of Canoeing & Kayaking Georgia, and stop for lunch at Riverview Farms, a closed-loop sustainable farm that raises cow and pigs, and delicious organic vegetables for popular chefs and farmers markets. Paddlers will enjoy a delicious farm-fresh lunch, tour a portion of the farm, and learn about the connection between our food system, Georgia’s Water Trails, and how they benefit our communities and the health of our rivers. The day will conclude at an archaeological site where we’ll learn about the native people that once dwelled along the Coosawattee.
All participants will receive a copy of Canoeing & Kayaking Georgia.
Cost: $55 for Georgia Organics and Georgia River Network members/ $75 for non-members
Boat rentals: $30 (includes single kayak, tandem kayak, or canoe; personal flotation device, paddle)
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Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout
Sept 17-18
Spend a weekend exploring this up-and-coming Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia! Georgia River Network is partnering with the Altamaha Riverkeeper and Lower Oconee Water Trail, for this exciting two day paddle, dinner party, & campout on the Oconee river in Milledgeville, GA. 
The event will include lunch, dinner, breakfast and presentations along the route, ranging from flora/fauna, water health, and river cleanups to cultural history, and visual & performing arts. Day one of the paddle will be followed by a festive dinner event with live entertainment and bonfire at the campground. We will be paddling near the sites of revolution-era forts, through antebellum shipping routes, in the habitat of bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, river otters, alligator gar, and blossoming Cherokee Rose.
Adult Full Weekend Paddle/Campout Ticket (17 & Up) $125
Child Full Weekend Paddle/Campout Ticket (16 & Under) $85
Saturday Dinner ONLY: Adult $15.00
Saturday Dinner ONLY: Child (12 & Under) $7.50
*Ticket does not include Boat (Boat rentals handled through Oconee Outfitters - See registration page for details.)
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Photos and Partners from Past Hidden Gem Paddles
Ochlockonee River Hidden Gem 2015 Tea-Stained Waters, Cypress Knees & Rich Wildlife Diversity
Event Partners: Georgia River Network, Ochlockonee River Water Trail, and Golden Triangle RC&D.
South River Hidden Gem 2015 - From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis
Event partners: Georgia River Network, South River Watershed Alliance, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area & Rockdale County
Photos from the trip.
Middle Oconee Hidden Gem 2015 - Bubbling Shoals, Rocky Outcrops & Historic Mills
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, UGA Office of Sustainability, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, UGA Odum School of Ecology - River Basin Center, UGA College of Environment & Design, and Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission.
Satilla River Hidden Gem 2014 - Giant Magnolias and Burnt Forts - A Glimpse of the Satilla’s Unique Past
Event partners: Georgia River Network,
North Oconee Hidden Gem 2014 - Bobbin Through Remnants of the Oconee’s Historic Timeworn Textile Mills
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, University of Georgia Office of Sustainability, UGA College of Environment & Design, UGA Outdoor Recreation, and Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission.
Photos from the trip. 
Chattahoochee Columbus Hidden Gem 2014 - From Derelict Dams to Recreational White Water -Adventure on a Revitalized River in Columbus
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and Chattahoochee Riverwarden.
Ogeechee River Hidden Gem 2014 - Secrets of South Georgia’s Tea-Colored Waters and White Barking Sands
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light.
Altamaha River Hidden Gem 2013 - Ancient Giants of the Altamaha River
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Off Grid Expeditions, & Altamaha Riverkeeper.
Savannah River Hidden Gem 2013 - Savannah River’s Last Remaining Shoals
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle4Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper.
Etowah River Hidden Gem 2013 - Paddling Through Cherokee History on the Etowah
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance & Cherokee Historical Society.
Chattahoochee River Hidden Gem 2013 - Behind the Scenes of Atlanta's Work Horse on the Chattahoochee
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, & Keeping it Wild!
Yellow River Hidden Gem 2012 - Yellow River Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta
Event Partners: Georgia River Network and Yellow River Water Trail
South River Hidden Gem 2012 - Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta
 Event Partners: Georgia River Network and South River Watershed Alliance.