Spring on the Satilla

Paddle Georgia 2016 Journey Details

Paddle Georgia 2015Paddle Georgia returns to north Georgia for a journey through the Ridge and Valley region of North America's most biologically unique river basin. Conasaugha logperch (a fish) and fine-lined pocketbooks (a mussel) will be among your companions as you sojourn from Dalton to Rome on the Conasauga, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers.

The Conasauga, home to 76 native fish species, is small and intimate as it runs through wide bucolic valleys with a gentle current before meeting the Coosawattee near Calhoun and flowing on to Rome as the Oostanaula, a wide river with historic fish weirs, shoals and navigational dikes dating to the 1800s. On the Oostanaula, you’ll find mussels in abundance, including massive washboard mussels that grow to the size of dinner plates. The trip ends in historic downtown Rome where the Oostanaula meets the Etowah to form the Coosa.

Off river, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the river and the region through water monitoring opportunities, tours of area attractions and nightly activities at campsites that include entertainment, games and programs highlighting the river’s cultural and natural heritage.

An educational adventure for the whole family, Paddle Georgia will show you Georgia as you’ve never seen it before.

Paddle Georgia 2016 Itinerary on the

Conasauga, Oostanaula and Coosa Rivers

Day 1, June 18: Beaverdale Boogie - Ga. 2 to U.S. 76 - 14 miles
Day 2, June 19: Looper Bend Lindy - U.S. 76 to Looper Bend - 14 miles
Day 3, June 20: The Tilton Twerk - Looper Bend to Tilton Bridge - 10 miles
Day 4, June 21: Coosawattee Can Can - Tilton Bridge to Coosawattee River - 12 miles
Day 5, June 22: Calhoun Hustle - Coosawattee River to Ga. 156 - 22 miles
Day 6, June 23: Mussel Macarena - Ga. 156 to Ga. 140 - 13 miles
Day 7, June 24: Rumba to Rome - Ga. 140 to Rome - 15 miles

Piedmont Polka

Day 1: Beaverdale Boogie Starting just five miles from the Tennessee state line, the “Boogie” runs on a small, intimate Conasauga as it winds its way gently through rural farm land. Bucolic and beautiful, it is a great introduction to this small river that inexplicably holds such big biodiversity.

Juliette Jitterbug

Day 2: Looper Bend Lindy — This 14-mile run gives a lesson in the geography of northwest Georgia’s Ridge and Valley region as the river bumps into Fincher Bluff along its route, offering up impressive riverside cliffs as well as views across the valley to Fort Mountain and the distant Blue Ridge Mountains.

Oxbow Bolero

Day 3: The Tilton Twerk — As the crow flies, the launch site and take out for this short 10-mile run are just three miles apart, but the Conasauga shows off its winding ways as it continues its course through this rural valley.

Coastal Plain Conga

Day 4: Coosawattee Can Can — On this 12-mile jaunt, the Conasauga parallels and then joins its sister river, the Coosawattee. A short tenth of a mile up river paddle to a Coosawattee boat ramp allows you to “bag” your third river of the journey.

Mambo to Macon

Day 5: Calhoun Hustle — You might have to hustle on this 22-mile marathon on the Oostanaula that loops around the city of Calhoun. Native American fish weirs, impressive bluffs that hold rare plants and history-rich Civil War sites punctuate another beautiful day on our third river of the trip.

Echeconee Cancan

Day 6: Mussel Macarena —On this 13-mile run you won’t know whether to look up or look down—up at beautiful views of distant ridges or down in the sands and shoals of the river to search for freshwater mussels, a creature for which the Oostanaula is famous.

Hawkinsville Hustle

Day 7: Rumba to Rome — You’ll start the day with riverside bluffs, islands and even a Native American fish weir and end it in the heart of historic downtown Rome where the Etowah meets the Oostanaula and forms the Coosa. Dip your paddle in the Etowah and this journey will take you on five rivers.


Virtual Paddle Georgia Journey!

For those of you who cannot attend Paddle Georgia 2016, click on the map below and you will be taken to our exciting virtual map to 'paddle along' and experience the journey virtually!

Throughout our journey, Paddle Georgia participants and GRN Staff and board members will post photos with their corresponding GPS locations to the virtual map so others can enjoy the trip right along with us.

You can also access the map by clicking HERE!

Here is a map that includes our launch and lodging locations:


Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Research Project

Join Georgia Adopt-A-Stream to assess the health of the Conasauga and Oostanaula Rivers. During the trip, you can become certified as a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream citizen water monitor and assist the Adopt-A-Stream team with their week-long water monitoring program. Click here to learn more about Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. If you are interested in becoming a certified citizen water monitor, be sure to indicate so when you register for Paddle Georgia!