Canoochee Paddle Race – 2023 Results

A huge thanks to everyone who came out for the return of the Canoochee Paddle Race. The 2023 edition was held on Earth Day, April 22, from Brewton Bridge to Rocks River, along 7+/- miles of the river.

Paddlers finishing the race

The event was made possible with help from:

Evans County Commissioners | Evans County Sheriff’s Office | Evans County Board of Education | Student Volunteers of Trinity Christian School | Student Volunteers of Georgia Southern University | Food Fresh| Publix| Office Depot | Three Tree Coffee Roasters | Braydon Williams & Anna Bucklar | Ethan Cave & School of Rock | Claxton Poultry | Southern Adventures

Raffle Prizes

The raffle prizes were donated by:

Bass Pro Shops | Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University | Claxton Fruit Cake | Creek and Coast Outfitters | Kindred Yoga | Knockaround Sunglasses | Ogeechee Audubon | RJ Pope Mens and Ladies Apparel | Southern Adventures of CRI | Three Tree Coffee Roasters


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Single winners

  1. Jon Dedic – 1:21:48.9
  2. Carl Fuller – 1:28:39.0
  3. Michael Downs – 1:29:28.5

Tandem winners

  1. Kyle Lott and friend – 1:31:55.5
  2. Shawn Rosenquist and son – 1:36:37.1
  3. Tom Oxnard and John Schoettle- 1:47:35.4

Creative Costume Award

Brent Croft

Best Dressed Award

Jordan Light and Mary Elizabeth Scott

Dynamic Duo

Damien and Heather Scott

Lazy River Award

Casey Corbett – 3:18:44.3

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Handmade trophies, created with the help of middle school students


Canoochee Paddle Race - 2023

RELEASE: ORK announces Riverfest at the Mill

Contact: Meaghan Walsh Gerard
Communications and Administrative Director

The day-long festival will be held in Warrenton, Georgia

Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) will host Riverfest at the Ogeechee River Mill, on the border of Warren and Hancock counties, on Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor events and activities on the grounds of the Riverview Farms and the Ogeechee River Mill will include:

Music, cornhole, rubber duck race, archery demonstration, tractor display, mule-drawn wagon rides, raffle and more! Guests are also welcome to paddle or fish but must bring their own equipment. The mill will have fresh ground cornmeal and a chance to ‘bag you own’.

Admission is FREE for Ogeechee Riverkeeper members, and for children 12 and under. Admission is $10 per person for all others. Tickets will only be sold at the door.

All proceeds from the event will support Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect, preserve, and improve water quality throughout the basin.

Food, drinks, and snacks from Mill Rock Missionary Baptist will be available for purchase throughout the day. A limited number of vendors will also be on site. Note: All sales will be CASH ONLY.

There is no reliable GPS, internet, or cellular service in this area. The event is rain or shine. Outside food and drink is not allowed. No alcohol is allowed on site.

Where: Ogeechee River Mill, border of Warren and Hancock counties
When: Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About Ogeechee Riverkeeper: Ogeechee Riverkeeper 501(c)(3) works to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin, which includes all of the streams flowing out to Ossabaw Sound and St. Catherine’s Sound. The Canoochee River is about 108 miles long and the Ogeechee River itself is approximately 245 miles long. The Ogeechee River system drains more than 5,500 square miles across 21 counties in Georgia.


PDF of press release

PDF of flyer

Earth Month

We are calling on YOU to celebrate Earth Day with us the entire month of April! Come up with creative, fun and effective ways to better your environment and celebrate the Earth.

Here are some of the ways we are celebrating Earth Day :

  • Friday, April 8, you can find ORK at the Russell Union on GS Statesboro Campus as a part of Southern Sustainability week 
  • Saturday, April 16, ORK will be assisting with a private volunteer cleanup on the Vernon River with Asbury Memorial Church
  • Saturday, April 23, join our Earth Day community cleanup in the upper watershed
  • Monday, April 25, come join our public Don’t Litter Lotts Cleanup, in Statesboro
  • Saturday, April 30,  you can find us at Fire Festival at the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center in Guyton
  • Saturday, April 30, we’ll be on the Canoochee River during our first members-only event of the year, alongside guides from Ft. Stewart, we’ll explore the Canoochee from kayaks and canoes.

If you visit us at any of these events, or celebrate Earth Month in some other way, send your photos to or tag us on social media by April 30.