June 3-5, 2022

2022 Lower Flint Weekend Paddle

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On June 3-5, join the Georgia Conservancy for our annual Lower Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend Retreat. This trip is one of our Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series events. Our trip will include a visit to Stripling Irrigation Research Park to learn about cutting edge water conservation technology being instituted in South Georgia. 

Located south of Albany in Newton, the Rocky Bend Retreat will be our headquarters for a fantastic weekend exploring a beautiful section of the Flint River.

“Nestled on the shores of the gently rolling Flint River in a quiet corner of southwest Georgia, Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat is the perfect place to leave the hustle-bustle of everyday behind. Whether you are looking for a base camp to enjoy the best hunting and fishing our region offers or you are visiting relatives in the area, our family owned and operated retreat is waiting just for you."

  • Friday: Join us for a relaxing evening at Rocky Bend Retreat. We'll be welcoming paddlers, setting up camp, enjoying dinner and drinks, and sharing stories around the campfire.
  • Saturday: After breakfast, we will depart for the Radium Springs boat landing just south of Albany and paddle a beautiful 8-mile section of the Flint River. From here we will paddle past the once-famous resort of Radium Springs and see its crystal clear waters mix with the waters of the Flint. Depending on water levels, along the way we will see blue hole springs and limestone outcroppings. We will take out at the Mitchell County Landing before returning to Rocky Bend Retreat for the evening.
  • Sunday: On Sunday, following a short paddle on the Flint, floating in to Rocky Bend Retreat, our group will load up and make the 3-mile drive to the University of Georgia’s Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) - an innovative irrigation research and education center. The park is an easily accessible facility to offer assistance for farmers in irrigation management as well as to provide general information to the public regarding the role of water in the regional economy. Agricultural water conservation is at the forefront of brewing controversy in the southeast with the increasing frequency of drought periods in south Georgia and increasing water demands throughout the Apalachicola – Chattahoochee – Flint (ACF) River Basin. Thus, the mission of the Stripling Park has included conservation ideals since its inception. With the ongoing tri-state “water wars” between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama over water flow and demand in the ACF River Basin, maximizing efficiency and conservation efforts in this region has become a priority.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend: Sweetwater Brewing Company (Atlanta), 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.