A kayaker shoots through a shoal on the Ocmulgee River during Paddle Georgia 2018.Georgia River Network is calling on Georgia’s river lovers to help the organization choose the destination for next year’s Paddle Georgia, a week-long canoe/kayak adventure that will celebrate its 15th anniversary June 15-21, 2019. Paddlers can choose their favorite destination from a list of five suggested rivers spanning the length and breadth of Georgia at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PG2019destination. The destination that receives the most votes will get first priority.
Suggested destinations include the upper Flint River in central Georgia from Upson County to Macon County; the Savannah River between Augusta and Sylvania; the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers in Georgia and Florida, the St. Mary’s River along the Georgia-Florida state line, the Satilla River in coastal Georgia and the Oconee and Altamaha rivers between Soperton and Baxley.
“With more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams in the state, there’s no shortage of places to explore and the rivers are incredibly diverse from rocky, shoal-filled streams in North Georgia to lazy blackwater rivers in the South,” said Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia Coordinator. “This year, we wanted our supporters to have a say in where we journeyed.”
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of our rivers and raise money to support river protection efforts. On June 22, Georgia River Network completed its 14th Paddle Georgia in Macon, with more than 275 people floating the Yellow and Ocmulgee rivers for a week. Each year between 250 and 450 people participate in the event, making it what is believed to be the largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure in the country.