2018-01-18 / News

Paddle adventure set for April 7-8

A kayaker drifts past one of the Satilla's iconic sandbars during Spring on the Satilla 2017. More than 100 paddlers are expected to participate in Spring on the Satilla April 7-8. A kayaker drifts past one of the Satilla's iconic sandbars during Spring on the Satilla 2017. More than 100 paddlers are expected to participate in Spring on the Satilla April 7-8. For a third consecutive year, Georgia River Network and Satilla Riverkeeper are giving river enthu­siasts and wanna-be river explorers the opportunity for a spring respite on southeast Georgia’s Satilla River.

Paddle Georgia Spring on the Satilla, a two-day, 21-mile canoe and kayak adventure on the Black­water River, is set for April 7-8. Online registration is now open at www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/springonthesatilla.html.

Spaces are limited to the first 120 registrants. Since registration opened December 28, almost half of those spaces are already filled.

The event includes on-river camping, two full days of paddling, educational programs, catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners, opportunities to learn chemical water monitoring as well as games and other activities.

“This is a great trip for indi­viduals or families that have always dreamed of doing an overnight canoe/kayak trip but weren’t quite sure how to go about it,” said Pad­dle Georgia Coordinator, Joe Cook. “We’ve taken the guess work out of the logistics of vehicle shuttles, meals and camping, and the flatwa­ter paddling is an easy introduction to canoeing and kayaking for first timers.”

Organizers say the purpose of the trip is to engage citizens in protecting the Satilla and Georgia’s other rivers while raising money to help protect these waterways. The event will also highlight Satilla Riverkeeper’s efforts to establish a recreational boating trail on the river.

Satilla Riverkeeper has been in­strumental in organizing the Satilla River Water Trail with intensive technical assistance from Georgia River Network. The Satilla River Water Trail is a recreational boating trail with designated public access points along a 175-mile stretch of the river.

The water trail was officially established in fall 2016 with the development of signage, brochures, maps, a website and more.

“The water trail not only serves as an important source of tour­ism and economic development for local communities but also a way to bring attention to the river as a valuable resource that needs protection,” said Gwyneth Moody, GRN’s Director of Programs and Outreach.

Participants on Spring on the Sa­tilla will see this work firsthand.

Registration fees range $115- $230 per person and include all meals for the weekend, tent camp­site, shuttles to the river and all education programs.

For those without their own boats, canoe and kayak rentals will be offered through event sponsor, Southeast Adventure Outfitters in St. Simons.

Georgia River Network is a statewide organization working to ensure a clean water legacy by en­gaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast.

Satilla Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the river while educating citizens to help ensure a Satilla River that is fish­able, swimmable and drinkable for all to enjoy.

Sponsors of Spring on the Sa­tilla include Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Columbia Sportswear Company; Southern Company Gas; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cary Baxter, CPA; CYA Agency, Inc.; Oglethorpe Power; StreamTechs; Terry Pate, PC, CPA; China Clay Producers Associa­tion; Georgia Mining Association; Patagonia; EarthShare of Georgia; New Belgium Brewing Company; Shaw Industries; Stormwater Sys­tems; Outside World; Troncalli Subaru; Paper Recovery of Geor­gia; Bending Branches; Murphs Surf; Len Foote Hike Inn; Euharlee Creek Outfitters; RS Industrial; Friends of Georgia State Parks and Southeast Adventure Outfitters. Partners include American Canoe Association, Café Campesino, Georgia Canoe Association, Geor­gia Adopt-A-Stream and Project WET.

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