Hidden Gem Paddling Series

 
Little River Hidden Gem ~ May 20-21
Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Georgia Little River Water Trail! Join us for an exciting two day paddle, dinner party, and campout within the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thomson, GA!
 
 
St Mary's River Hidden Gem ~ Nov 10-12
Enjoy paddling through the Golden Isles of Coastal GA on this family friendly paddling trip. The trip will include locally sourced meals, live entertainment and camping near the beach under gorgeous live oak and palmetto forest. We will enjoy fascinating presentations about wildlife, local lore, coastal restoration efforts and more! Spots will be limited...
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Little River Hidden Gem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little River Hidden Gem ~ May 20-21

Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Georgia Little River Water Trail! Join us for an exciting two day paddle, dinner party, and campout within the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thomson, GA!

The Event will Include:

Lunches * Festive Dinner Party * Live Music * Games and Activities * Camping * Hot Breakfast * Plein Air Painting Demo * Fish Seining * Presentations on Native Wildlife, River Health, River Restoration Opportunities, Cultural & Native American Indian History, and more...

We will be Paddling:

Near Historic Gold Mining Sites * In the Habitat of Bald Eagle, Heron, Kingfisher, River Otter, Beaver, Fox, and a Variety of Fish Species...

REGISTER NOW!

NOTE: Boats are NOT included with this paddle. Paddlers must secure their own boats.
Rental options are available through:
- Raysville Campground http://www.raysvillecampground.com - (706) 595-6759  
- Cole Watkins Tours http://www.colewatkinstours.com - (706) 840-0433

We will paddle rain or shine except in the event of a severe thunderstorm or dangerously high water levels. Participants must cancel within 48 hours of the event to receive a refund.

TRIP DETAILS:
#1. Paddle Distance, Class, End Time:
Day 1 – 7.6 miles
Day 2 – 5 miles  
This paddle is all flatwater. Novice/Beginner paddlers are welcome to join. We expect everyone should be off the river by no later than 3:30PM on Sunday.
 
#2. Parking, Put-In & Take-Out:
 
PARKING & CAMPING LOCATION: 
Holliday Park Campground*
Off Holliday Park Road on Goat Pasture Road
Wilkes County
33.6523525, -82.54152
*NOTE: Holliday Park (http://bit.ly/2mRrd7F) has primitive campsites without electricity or RV hookups. There is a bathhouse with 1 women's and 1 men's shower.
 
SATURDAY PUT IN LOCATION:
Hwy 78 Bridge
Thomson, GA 30824
33.637667, -82.595350
 
SUNDAY TAKE OUT LOCATION:
Raysville Campground
6489 Lincolnton Rd NE
Thomson, GA 30824
33.631825, -82.473172
(A map will be provided)
 
#3. What are you Going to Paddle?
 
Bringing your Own Boat?
On Saturday: Please drop off your boat and passengers at the Put-In (if bringing your own boats) between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and then drive to Holliday Park (approx.20 min drive), and park your vehicle. A shuttle will then take drivers to the Put-In location between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. Your vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at Holliday Park Campground that afternoon.
On Sunday: We will paddle from Holliday Park Campground to Raysville Campground where a shuttle will be waiting to take drivers back to their vehicles at Holliday Park Campground (approx.15 min drive). Drivers will then return to Raysville Campground to retrieve their boats and any passengers (a map will be provided).  
 
Do you Need a Boat?
As already mentioned, boat rental is not included with this paddle. If you need to rent a boat, please make arrangements with the outfitter associated with the trip:
If Renting a Boat:
On Saturday: Please drive directly to Holliday Park Campground arriving no later 9:30AM. A shuttle will then take you to the Put-In location between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. Your rental boat will be waiting for you at the Put-In location and your vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at Holliday Park Campground that afternoon.
On Sunday: We will paddle from Holliday Park Campground to Raysville Campground where a shuttle will be waiting to take participants back to their vehicles at Holliday Park Campground (approx.15 min drive).  
 
#4. Presentations and Entertainment:
  • Native Plants -TBA
  • Fauna - TBA
  • Fishes - Camm Swift & Michael Wolfe, North America Native Fishes Assoc.
  • River Restoration - Bill Hopkins - Scout Master, Troop 125 - Lake/River Cleanups
  • History -Larry Coburn - Native American Indian "Walk thru History"
  • River Health - Adopt-A-Stream TBA
  • Games and Activities - Nature Trivia, Horseshoes, Corn Hole, Frisbee, Campfire, etc.
  • Live Band - TBA

#5. Meals:
The following meals are included in the paddle/campout ticket price. We have also offered the option for your family and friends to purchase Saturday night dinner tickets if they would like to join us at Holliday Park Campground.
 
SATURDAY & SUNDAY LUNCH
Provided by: Southern Scratch
Menu: Boxed Lunch comes with choice of sandwich options, sea salt kettle cooked chips, chocolate chip cookie, fruit and pickle.
 
SATURDAY DINNER
Provided by: Southern Scratch
Menu: Pulled Chicken & Homemade Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Naan Bread, Afghan Pesto Coleslaw, Roasted, Paprika Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit, S'mores, Sweet Tea, and Water.
Vegetarian option available upon request: Grilled Mozzarella Mushrooms.
 
SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Provided by: Gracie B's
Menu: Coffee, scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, fruit bowl, and biscuits.
 
 
#6. Suggestions for Lodging on Friday Night before the trip will be provided upon registration for those who are interested.
 
 
#7. Make a Donation, Become a Member, or an Event Sponsor of Georgia River Network to support our work restoring and protecting Georgia's rivers - HERE
 
Learn more about the partnering organizations of this event, by visiting the following links:
#8. Need to Purchase Additional Dinner Tickets for Friends and Family?
Have friends or family that can only join us for the festive dinner party and live entertainment on Saturday evening at Holliday Park? They can buy a dinner ticket (Adults $10; Kids $6) above online!
 
 
 
 
This is an ACA-sanctioned event 

 

 

Mark your calendars! See all of GRN's 2017 events HERE!

Hidden Gems Paddling Series

 

Photos and Partners from Past Hidden Gem Paddles
 
 
 
Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout - 2016
Event Partners: Georgia River Network, .Altamaha Riverkeeper, and Lower Oconee Water Trail
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Coosawattee River Hidden Gem Paddle to Farm to Table - 2016
Event Partners: Georgia River Network, Georgia Organics, & Coosa River Basin Initiative.
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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.