NEW! Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint River

October 10 - 13, 2014


Information for Registered Participants

Maps and Descriptions

Media

 

Flint river GAGeorgia River Network's voyage down the Flint River on Columbus Day weekend 2014 would have filled Christopher Columbus with envy.

We traveled 70 miles on the Flint River from Albany to Bainbridge taking in the best of the Flint--beautiful blue hole springs, lively rapids, rich history, abundant wildlife and more! Fashioned after our annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, we tent camped at Chehaw Park and on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Like our annual summer adventure, we enjoyed catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie as we made our way down one of Georgia's most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year.

Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint is

a Project of
Georgia River Network

in Partnership with
Flint Riverkeeper

 

Official Video of Fall Float on the Flint River

Journey Details

The inaugural Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint was a rainbow-colored flotilla of canoes, kayaks and paddlers that embarked on a 4-day, 70-mile journey from Albany to Bainbridge down Southwest Georgia’s beautiful Flint River. Unlike any other river in South Georgia, the Flint, fed by massive underground aquifers, runs clear and cool as it winds from Chehaw Dam at Albany and on to Bainbridge. While other South Georgia rivers offer up a plethora of sandbars and lazy bends, the Flint flows between limestone bluffs, over shoals and between picturesque islands. Along the way, crystal clear spring pools bubbled up to feed the river. The trip ended on the backwaters of Lake Seminole. Off river, we had the opportunity to learn more about the river and the region through tours of area attractions and nightly activities at campsites that included entertainment, games and programs highlighting the river’s cultural and natural heritage. It was every bit as much fun as the original Paddle Georgia…just a wee bit shorter.

Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint Itinerary on the Flint River

Day 1 Oct. 10: Albany Allemande - Lake Chehaw Dam to Mitchell Co. Landing - 14 miles
Day 2 Oct. 11: Limestone Limbo - Mitchell Co. Landing to Flint River Retreat - 22 miles
Day 3, Oct. 12: Ichawaynochoway Waltz - Flint River Retreat to Hoggard Mill Rd. - 17 miles
Day 4, Oct. 13: Blue Hole Bop - Hoggard Mill Rd. to Flint River Heights Rd. - 17 miles

Day 1: Albany Allemande
Beginning below the Flint River Hydro Dam, this 14-mile dance through downtown Albany is the quintessential introduction to the Flint, serving up clear, cold springs, swift-moving water and beautiful scenery. Toss in a downtown riverfront, a wastewater discharge and a power plant, and by day’s end you'll understand just how much we depend upon this river.

Day 2: Limestone Limbo
On this 22-mile jaunt, the Flint really shows off, offering up the best of its surreal limestone bluffs, shoals, sycamores and cypress. Gnarled roots of these trees wrap through holes in limestone, stretching for the water as you paddle beneath these overhanging shelves of ancient rock. Best of all, the paddle ends at our campsite for the evening, a beautiful resort with plenty of campsites and cabins for rent!

Day 3: Ichawaynochoway Waltz
This beautiful 17-mile paddle is a testament to the unique nature of the Flint. In this stretch you will see just one tributary enter the river—the stunningly beautiful and memorably named Ichawaynochoway Creek. Here the river derives its flow from hidden springs that feed its clear water. Otters frolic in the shoals; bald eagles patrol the skies. Add to that the wreckage of a steamboat and you have the makings of a watery waltz you won’t soon forget.

Day 4: Blue Hole Bop
This 17-mile run is home to perhaps the most memorable blue holes on our course—including a billowing pool of crystal clear water nestled in the Baker County bank of the river known as Bovine Spring. Here the river races due south to the Decatur County line, flowing deeper and wider as it pushes further into the Coastal Plain. The journey ends on the backwaters of Lake Seminole formed by Jim Woodruff Dam at the Florida state line some 30 miles downstream.

See the route map at the bottom of this page.

 

Fall Float on the Flint Registration Information

Registration Fees :
$200 Adults
$155 Children (8-17)
$15 Children (7 & under)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people participate? This is the inaugural Fall Float on the Flint and we are offering 175 spots to join us on this adventure. Like our summer Paddle Georgia events, participants will range in age from 4 to 84 and come from all walks of life. But, they all have one thing in common—they love to paddle and they love Georgia rivers!

Can I go for just part of the trip? Yes. You can just paddle for the weekend, but all registration fees are the same, regardless of how many days you paddle. Those not paddling all four days must make their own shuttle and boat pick-up arrangements.

What does my registration fee include? Your Fall Float the Flint registration fee includes a T-shirt, boat decal, maps and river descriptions, a year’s membership to Georgia River Network, camping with bath facilities, shuttles to campsites, entertainment, activities, and educational programs. Breakfast, dinner and sack lunches will be provided for an additional fee and can be purchased when you register.

How much does it cost? There’s not a better deal to be found! For about $80 a day, you get an all-inclusive educational adventure vacation that includes three meals a day. And, you travel for four days through beautiful scenery without ever stopping at the gas pump! Registration fees are $200 for adults, $155 for children age 8-17, and $15 for children under 7. Breakfast, dinner and sack lunches are additional and can be purchased when you register. Participants garnering more than $400 in Canoe-a-thon donations may request to have their registration fees reimbursed.

How will the Fall Float be different from the summer Paddle Georgia trip?
With the exception of a few bells and whistles, the Fall Float will be very similar to our annual Paddle Georgia event. Catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be provided for a fee, and Café Campesino will be on hand with coffee, tea and other refreshments. Campsites will provide limited “indoor camping,” however cabins are available for rent for additional fees at both Chehaw Park and Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Transportation will be provided to and from launch sites/take outs and a gear truck will carry your camping gear.

What’s a Canoe-A-Thon? Like a walk-a-thon, Paddle Georgia’s 2015 Canoe-A-Thon will raise money for Georgia River Network. Each participant is asked to solicit donations on a per-mile basis. Those participants generating more than $400 may choose to have their Fall Float registration fee reimbursed, and the top Canoe-A-Thon fundraisers automatically secure registration for Paddle Georgia 2016. Click here for more details. Canoe-A-Thoners compete for gifts and prizes, including new canoes and kayaks and other great goods from The Outside World and our many other sponsors. These prizes will be awarded at Paddle Georgia 2015 (Canoe-a-thon participants do not need to present to win these prizes). Participants can sign-up and start raising funds Aug. 1.

Do I need to be an experienced paddler? You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need a little experience. If you are new to paddling, we ask that you take a basic canoeing or kayaking instruction class offered through the Georgia Canoe Association or other instructors.

What do I need to bring? You are responsible for bringing a canoe or kayak, paddles and a personal floatation device. Paddle Georgia does not supply or rent boats. See our list of outfitters to secure your rental boat for the week. Also bring standard camping gear including a tent and personal items. Camp gear is limited to 40 pounds and two bags per person. Your boat should be of a size and weight that you and another person can carry.

Where do we camp? During the Fall Float on the Flint, we will camp at Chehaw Park in Albany and Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat in Newton. Limited indoor camping will be available, but cabin rentals will be available at both Chehaw and Flint River Retreat. We recommend that all participants bring tents and be prepared to tent camp each night. Indoor shower and toilet facilities will be available at both campsites.

Rental Cabins at Chehaw Park & Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat
Limited space is available in rental cabins at Chehaw Park and Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. If you would reserve a private cabin, please contact Chehaw Park and Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat directly:

Chehaw Park
105 Chehaw Park Rd
Albany, GA 31701
229-430-5277
www.chehaw.org

Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat
2909 Newton Highway
Newton, GA 39870
229-343-2767
www.rockybendflintriverretreat.com
Prices range from $95-$180 per night.

Do I need to bring food? Breakfast, dinner and sack lunches will be provided for a fee and can be purchased when you register. Participants may choose to bring their own food; however, camp stoves or fuel are not permitted. A shuttle will be available at each campsite to take participants to select nearby restaurants and stores for fast pick-up of food items. Participants are strongly encouraged to make use of the meals provided at campsites.

Where do I leave my car? Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint will employ a Kick Off Day shuttle on Oct. 9 and a Trip’s End shuttle on Oct. 13. The Kick-Off Day shuttle allows participants to leave their vehicles near our final take out near Bainbridge on Oct. 9, and be shuttled along with boats and gear to the trip’s starting point at Flint River Hydro Dam and Chehaw Park. The Trip’s End shuttle allows participants to leave their vehicles at the trip’s start point and be shuttled along with boats and gear back to their vehicle on the afternoon of Oct. 13. During the trip, you will not need your vehicle because free shuttle services will be provided between the river and campsites and nearby amenities each day. Your camping gear will also be shuttled between campsites, allowing you to travel light on the river. Those who choose not to use the Kick-Off Day or Trip’s End shuttles must make their own arrangements for the pick-up and retrieval of their boat and themselves.

Can I fish during Fall Float on the Flint?
Yes, but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses and understanding and following the proper rules and regulations.

Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint Policies
For your safety and the safety of others.
1.) No alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
2.) All participants must attend the pre-launch safety briefing. Participants must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
3.) Participants must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device at all times on the river.
4.) Participants under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian.
5.) Sorry, no pets allowed.
6.) All participants must sign a Medical and Emergency Contact Information sheet and a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. (These forms will be sent in the information packet.)
7.) Person-powered watercraft only.
8.) All participants must respect private property along the river.
9.) All participants must have basic paddling skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water.
10.) No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
11.) Georgia River Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip.
Violations of these policies can result in the participant being removed from the event without refund.

Refund Policy
Registration, Kick-Off and Trip’s End shuttle, and meal fees may be reimbursed prior to Sept. 19. Refunds will not include reimbursement of processing fees.

All participants must sign a liability waiver.
Adult Electronic Liability Form
Minor Electronic Liability Form

 

Paddle Georgia Fall Float 2014 Route Map

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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