Frequently Asked Questions
How many people participate? Each
year, more than 350 people participate, ranging in age from 4 to
74. Most of these adventurers are “thru-paddlers” traveling
all seven days. A smaller number choose Paddle Georgia Lite, our
Can I go for just part of the trip? Yes.
Our Paddle Georgia Lite package includes the first two days of
the trip (June 20-21) and will be made available on an invitation
only basis. See the registration page for more details on how to
request a spot on Paddle Georgia Lite.
What does my registration fee include? Your
Paddle Georgia registration fee includes a T-shirt, boat decal,
pocket-size dry box from Georgia Power Company,
map bag from
Hennessey Land Rover, maps and river descriptions,
souvenir cup, a year’s membership to Georgia River
Network, camping with
bath facilities, shuttles to campsites, entertainment, activities,
and educational programs.
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 seven days through beautiful scenery
without ever stopping at the gas pump! Paddle Georgia thru-paddler
registration fees range from $350 to $155. Paddle Georgia Lite
registration fees range from $100 to $70. These fees may be reimbursed
if the participant garners more than $700 in Canoe-A-Thon pledges.
Whats a Canoe-A-Thon? Like
a walk-a-thon, Paddle Georgia’s 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 $700 may choose to have their registration fee reimbursed,
and the top Canoe-A-Thon participants automatically secure registration
for Paddle Georgia 2015. 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.
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 Georgia Canoe Association (www.gapaddle.com) or sign up for the Paddle Georgia paddling class offered on the day prior to the journey’s launch. The pace and distance of each day’s journey and the difficulty of the river is generally suitable for novice paddlers.
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. No camp
stoves or fuel are permitted.
Where do we camp? Camping
will be at nearby facilities such as a local high school. Indoor
or sheltered camping is available at most sites, but we recommend
that all participants bring tents suitable to shelter everyone
in their party. Tent camping is on lawns and athletic fields.
Indoor shower and toilet facilities will be available at most
Do I need to bring food? Breakfast,
dinner and sack lunches will be provided for a fee (see
registration page ). Participants may choose to bring their own food but cooking
is not permitted at the campsites and access to ice is not guaranteed.
A shuttle will be available at most campsites 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 encourages thru-paddlers (those paddling the whole week)
to take advantage of the Kick-Off Day or Trip’s End shuttles
provided at a nominal additional fee. The Kick-Off Day shuttle
allows participants to leave their vehicles in Franklin on June
20 and be shuttled along with boats and gear to the trip’s
starting point at Buford Dam. 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 June 28. During the week, you will not need your vehicle
because free shuttle services will be provided between 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.
Shuttle services and parking areas are also provided for Paddle
Georgia Lite paddlers.
Can I fish during Paddle Georgia?
Yes, but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses
and understanding and following the proper rules and regulations.
Paddle Georgia 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 June 1. Refunds will not include reimbursement
of processing fees.