2023 Altamaha River to Sea Paddle Weekend

April 21-23, 2023

2023 Altamaha River to Sea Paddle Weekend


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Join the Georgia Conservancy as we explore the lower Altamaha River on during the weekend of April 21 - 23, 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 leave 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, 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: ASW Distillery (Atlanta), 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.

Georgia Conservancy

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