Lower Flint River Paddle & Farm Tour
On April 14-16, join the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Canoe Association for our third annual Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend Retreat. This trip is one of our Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series events. This year, we're adding a working farm tour and agriculture education component to our trip. Our goal is to highlight the delicate balance between river and farm and the steps some south Georgia farmers are taking to lead the nation in water conservation. Our trip will include the opportunity to tour the Stripling Irrigation Research Park and learn about cutting edge water conservation technology.
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."
On Saturday, we will paddle 8 miles on the Flint River south of Rocky Bend Retreat, passing through the mystic limestone bluffs and majestic cypress trees. The clear water of the Flint, fed by underground aquifers, makes paddling this section of the Flint River unforgettable. At lunch we will take a break from paddling and tour a research facility that leads the nation in row crop water conservation techniques including drop head irrigation, variable rate irrigation and soil moisture sensors to conserve water. We will also learn about a local Long Leaf Pine restoration project and the State of Georgia's Gopher Tortoise Initiative. After the farm tour we will travel by car back to Rocky Bend Retreat for a cookout and river celebration.
On Sunday morning, we will head back to the Flint River and paddle an additional 8 miles where we will take out at the boat ramp just past Ichawaynochaway Creek. After the paddle our group will shuttle back to Rocky Bend Retreat.