Join the Georgia Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series as we explore the lower Altamaha on March 23-25, introducing first-time 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 Saturday, from the ARP (Altamaha Regional Park) 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
On Sunday, we will get up and stretch our legs and hit the river one more time, exploring 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: Grassroots Farms, Sweetwater Brewing Company, American Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee.
Weekend Paddle + Camping - $150 (Does not include kayak rental); Day Paddle - $50 (Does not include kayak rental)
Kayak rentals from SouthEast Adventure Outfitters coming soon.