March 20-22, 2020
2020 Altamaha River Paddle Weekend
A weekend on the Altamaha River showcasing one of the most beautiful - and important - rivers in the world.
Join the Georgia Conservancy’s Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series as we explore the lower Altamaha River on March 20-22, introducing visitors to one of Georgia’s greatest treasures and welcoming returning paddlers to the annual paddling and camping adventure!
Known as Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” the Altamaha is a mighty river. It drains the second largest watershed on the east coast into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate of over 100,000 gallons per second. Its main stem, forming in Lumber City at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers, is undammed and free-flowing, creating a relatively intact and healthy ecosystem that is home to more than 100 rare and endangered species – the largest concentration in the state.
The Altamaha is also a little known paradise for paddling, bird watching and camping. Photographers, artists and nature lovers enjoy the abundance of wildlife found in this pristine waterway.
- On Friday, paddlers are welcome to join us at our basecamp for the weekend at Altamaha Regional Park (ARP) to set up camp and enjoy dinner and the campfire with fellow participants.
- On Saturday morning, our boats will leaving from the ARP and we will paddle 17 miles on the main stem of the Altamaha, Stud Horse Creek, Lewis Creek and Rifle Cut. We will make our way to Darien Creek as we enter downtown Darien and take out at Skipper’s Landing. After the day on the water, we'll enjoy a dinner, Sweetwater brews and share stories around the campfire.
- On Sunday morning, participants will have the opportunity to return to the water and explore the cypress-laden system of lakes directly across the Altamaha from the campground.
In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend: Sweetwater Brewing Company (Atlanta), ASW Distillery (Atlanta), Montane Sparkling Water (Hamilton) and Cafe Campesino Coffee (Americus).
Join us on a Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trip to learn more about important location-specific conservation issues, as well as statewide advocacy opportunities. Our goal is simple: Create a connection between some of Georgia’s most precious places and the people needed to protect them.