NEW! Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint River
10 - 13, 2014
Information for Registered Participants
Maps and Descriptions
Georgia 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
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
Official Video of Fall Float on the Flint River
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
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 :
$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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
105 Chehaw Park Rd
Albany, GA 31701
Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat
2909 Newton Highway
Newton, GA 39870
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
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
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
Can I fish during Fall Float on the Flint? Yes, but you
are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses and understanding
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.
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.
Electronic Liability Form
Electronic Liability Form
Paddle Georgia Fall Float 2014 Route Map
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