Paddle Georgia 2013 Journey Details

Join us for the 9th Annual Paddle Georgia as our rainbow-colored flotilla of canoes, kayaks and paddlers embarks from Warwick to follow the Flint River 106 miles to Bainbridge.

Unlike any other river in South Georgia, the Flint, fed by massive underground aquifers, runs clear and cool as it winds from Lake Blackshear to 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 bubble up to feed the river and cool off paddlers. The trip ends at Bainbridge where steamboats once gathered to carry cotton and other commodities downstream to the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola.

Off river, you’ll 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 2013 Itinerary on the Flint River

Day 1, June 15: Blackshear Boogie - Lake Blackshear Dam to Ga. 32 - 14 miles
Day 2, June 16: Chehaw Hee Haw - Ga. 32 to Lake Chehaw - 13 miles
Day 3, June 17: Albany Allemande - Lake Chehaw Dam to Mitchell Co. Landing - 14 miles
Day 4, June 18: Limestone Limbo - Mitchell Co. Landing to Ga. 37 - 21 miles
Day 5, June 19: Ichawaynochoway Waltz - Ga. 37 to Hoggard Mill Rd. - 18 miles
Day 6, June 20: Blue Hole Bop - Hoggard Mill Rd. to East River Rd. - 13 miles
Day 7, June 21: Lake Seminole Shuffle - East River Rd. to Bainbridge - 11 miles

Piedmont Polka

Day 1: Blackshear Boogie — Starting in the shadows of Lake Blackshear Dam, this 14-mile jaunt will deliver nothing that you expect from a South Georgia river—no slack water and sand here; limestone bluffs and shoals dominate. But, don’t be surprised to see South Georgia critters…like alligators, and with any luck, a bald eagle or two.

Juliette Jitterbug

Day 2: Chehaw Hee Haw — The old Flint backs up against another dam on this 13-mile hoe down that winds between forested banks flanked by tree farms and center-pivot irrigation fields before emptying into Lake Chehaw, a small lake formed by Georgia Power Co.’s Flint River Hydro Dam. Stiffen your backs, the last three miles of lake paddling will require some muscle.

Oxbow Bolero

Day 3: Albany Allemande — Beginning below the Flint River Hydro Dam, this 14-mile dance through downtown Albany serves up more clear, cold springs, more swift-moving water and more beautiful scenery. Toss in a downtown riverfront, a wastewater discharge and a power plant and you have the quintessential Paddle Georgia experience.

Coastal Plain Conga

Day 4: Limestone Limbo — On this 21-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.

Mambo to Macon

Day 5: Ichawaynochoway Waltz — This beautiful 18-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 frolick 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.

Echeconee Cancan

Day 6: Blue Hole Bop — This 13-mile run is home to perhaps the most memorable blue hole on our course—a billowing pool of crystal clear water nestled in the Baker County bank of the river. Here the river races due south to the Decatur County line, flowing deeper and wider as it pushes further into the Coastal Plain.

Hawkinsville Hustle

Day 7: Lake Seminole Shuffle — Nearing Lake Seminole, the Flint slows as it winds its final 11 miles to Bainbridge. Riverfront homes become more common, while the backwater sloughs provide access to primordial shallow water refuges off the main channel. The trip ends with a nod to the city’s industrialized riverfront and historic steamboat landings, and a celebration awaits at Earl Maye Boat Basin.

Virtual Paddle Georgia 2013 Tour:

Take the Virtual Paddle Georgia Journey with us by clicking the markers on the map above!
This new and exciting virtual map allows folks who cannot attend Paddle Georgia 2013 to paddle along and experience the journey ‘virtually’ from their computer! Throughout our journey we will be posting photos with their corresponding GPS locations to this map, so you can enjoy the trip right along with us.
Click HERE to see all of the Virtual PG 2013 photos!


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Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Research Project

Join Georgia Adopt-A-Stream to assess the health of the Flint River. During the trip, volunteers will learn about Adopt-A-Stream monitoring protocols and participate in monitoring activities to better understand this dynamic river system. All volunteers will have the opportunity to become a certified Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitor upon completion of the workshop. No prior training needed. Simply check the box on the registration form to receive information about this opportunity.