Paddle Georgia on the Ogeechee

From the Cartersville Daily Tribune

Two Cartersville residents will participate June 20-26 in what is considered the largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure in the country — Georgia River Network’s (GRN) Paddle Georgia 2015, a 95-mile journey down the Ogeechee River.
Set to stroke down the Ogeechee are Lisa and Reagan Doss.
The event, billed as an environmental education adventure for the whole family, will celebrate its 11th year. These local residents will be joining more than 350 other paddlers from all over Georgia and 11 different states.
“The purpose of the event is to encourage people to protect our rivers, raise funds to help protect these rivers and promote recreational use of our rivers,” said Paddle Georgia Coordinator Joe Cook.
During Paddle Georgia’s first 10 years, GRN has introduced more than 3,200 paddlers to more than 1,000 miles of water trails on 11 different rivers. Along the way the event has generated more than $220,000 for river protection.
Paddle Georgia 2015 will introduce paddlers to the blackwater Ogeechee River as it courses through Screven, Bulloch, Effingham, Chatham and Bryan counties. Wild and winding, the Ogeechee is surrounded by acres and acres of floodplain and bottomland swamp.
“It may be the wildest river Paddle Georgia has ventured on,” said Cook, “Its blackwater, stately, moss-draped cypress trees and swampy sloughs make you feel like you are paddling back in time to the dawn of creation.”
Daily paddle trips will average about 14 miles, and each night participants will camp at nearby facilities such as schools and parks. In addition to spending each day on the river, paddlers will have the opportunity to explore everything from downtown Statesboro, where a street party with dancing and Canoe Tug-O-Wars is planned, to the historic Ogeechee-Savannah River Canal.
There are still spaces available to participate in the trip.
Registration fees are $425 for adults, $230 for children 8-17 and $30 for children 7 and under. Additional registration information is available at www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia.
Sponsors of the event include Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Georgia Power Co.; Cary S. Baxter, CPA; Patagonia; China Clay Producers Association; CYA Agency, Inc.; Maxxis; Oglethorpe Power; R. Terry Pate, CPA; RS Industrial, Inc.; Simmons Bedding Company; Sole Source Electrical Contractors; StreamTechs; Troncolli Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Subaru; The Outside World; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center. Event partners include American Canoe Association, Café Campesino, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Georgia Canoe Association, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Project Wet.
Georgia River Network is a nonprofit 501c3 organization working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect and restore our rivers from the mountains to the coast.
Those interested in participating can get more information at the Paddle Georgia website at http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia or by contacting Joe Cook at 706-409-0128 or joecookpg@gmail.com, or contacting Dana Skelton at 706-549-4508 or info@garivers.org.

Stacy George

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