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Three Rivers Paddle & Tent Revival

May 12, 2017
3:00 pm
Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center/RV Park and Campground

Join the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Canoeing Association for an educational weekend of paddling, camping and exploring the history and ecology of these three Georgia Heartland rivers, the Ocmulgee, Oconee and Altamaha. The Three Rivers Paddle will also play host to our second 2017 Tent Revival to celebrate conservation on the Three Rivers.

Formed by the South, Yellow and Alcovy rivers, the Ocmulgee River flows south through central Georgia where it meets the Oconee River just past Lumber City. The confluence of these two long rivers creates the Altamaha River.

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 just east of 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.

These "Three Rivers" constitute one of the eastern United States' largest watersheds and are home to some of Georgia's rarest species.

On Saturday, we will paddle 14 miles of the Ocmulgee River and Altamaha River. After the paddle we will host our 50th Anniversary Tent Revival (see below).

On Sunday, we will explore the mysterious and ecologically-rare Broxton Rocks Nature Preserve and get our feet dirty on a 2-3 mile hike along rocky terrain. Thanks to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy for this opportunity.

Cost:

Weekend Camping & Paddling/Broxton Rocks - $150

Saturday Day Paddle Only - $50

Saturday Night Tent Revival - $5

* Canoes not included in price and can be added during registration

50TH ANNIVERSARY TENT REVIVAL

It's time for a good ole fashioned backcountry camp meeting.

In conjunction with the paddle, the Georgia Conservancy is issuing an invitation for a riverside "tent revival."

On Saturday evening, May 13th, join the Georgia Conservancy and friends on the riverbank at Towns Bluff Park for a conservation revival and BBQ. Our "tent revivals" are a chance to renew, reframe and explore what it means to love Georgia's great outdoors in 2017 - this time with special guests who hold a close relationship to the Ocmulgee, Oconee and Altamaha Rivers.

Guests are invited to join the Georgia Conservancy at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments, good conversation and live music. Dinner, Grassroots Farms pulled pork BBQ and sides, will be served around 7 p.m. After dinner, special guests will make a presentation about the impact that the Three Rivers have had on their lives and the importance of including folks from all communities and backgrounds in the effort to conserve Georgia's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy will then open the floor to others to speak about their relationship with the river: what's gone, what's at stake and what we can do to protect the Altamaha we know today. Testimonials are encouraged.

The cost of the BBQ is covered in the price for paddlers. It's $5 per person for non-paddling guests.

Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center/RV Park and Campground

45 Riverwood Trail/PO Box 609, Hazlehurst, GA
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