PADDLE GEORGIA 2017
Paddle Georgia is an annual week-long paddle trip organized by Georgia River Network. The event takes place on a different river in Georgia each June.
What to expect...
- Daily paddling trips averaging 18 miles
- Nightly camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs
- Tours of historic sites, industrial facilities and more
- Chemical and biological water monitoring opportunities
- Companionship and camaraderie with hundreds of fellow paddlers
Why does Georgia River Network (GRN) offer this paddle trip?
All of GRN's paddle trips are family-friendly. It's a priority of GRN's to offer ways for friends and family to share time together building memories. And what better place to do this than outside on a river! The great thing about a trip like this is that, by the end of the week, EVERYONE is like one big family. Many life-long friendships have been born out of Paddle Georgia, and this has become one of GRN's biggest rewards in organizing Paddle Georgia.
ENJOYMENT OF THE OUTDOORS
Spending time outdoors is fun and healthy! On Paddle Georgia, you get the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the usual day-to-day for seven days. Paddling down a river, you see and experience nature in a way that just isn't possible driving down a road. Whether it's sightseeing or having water gun fights or educating yourself on water issues or meeting new people or having meaningful conversations or exploring the local area you are paddling through or meditating in nature, Paddle Georgia offers something special for everyone from all walks of life and all ages.
GRN's mission is to engage and empower Georgians to protect, restore and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast. One way in which we do this on Paddle Georgia is through educating participants on the river's animal life, plant life, water issues, and much more. GRN believes that if you enjoy your rivers, you'll care about your rivers. And if you care about your rivers, you'll want to learn more about them and how you, too, can help protect and restore them.
Paddle Georgia 2017 is in partnership with Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) and Upper Etowah River Alliance other, groups that are working to protect the rivers of the upper Coosa River basin. Both organizations will receive a grant from Georgia River Network following the event to aid the organizations in river protection projects. GRN is a not-for-profit organization. This means we depend solely on grants and donations to do the work we do. If you believe in what we are doing, we hope you will find one or more ways to financially support us. Below are just a couple ways you can do this.
Canoeathon - This is our main fundraiser. To learn more about it, go to http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgcanoeathon.html
Donate - We offer several options.
Registration: You will have the opportunity to donate at the end of your registration.
Check: Send to Georgia River Network, 126 S. Milledge Ave., Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605
Online: Go to www.garivers.org and click on the big red button in the top right corner.
Call: 706-549-4508 Ask for Dana or Gwyneth.
Some companies have a matching program through which they will match employee donations. Check with your employer to see if this is a possibility!
Thanks for your support, and we look forward to paddling with you on the river!
Georgia River Network Staff