Canoochee Cleanup

Volunteer to clean up along the Canoochee River in Evans County this spring. Clean up locations include Rocks River and Brewton Bridge Landings.

Carpooling is encouraged. Bring your own water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes. There are no bathrooms on-site. Pre-registration is required.

Rain date is April 12. Final details will be emailed out a few days prior to the event.

Canoochee Paddle Race

Ogeechee Riverkeeper will host the Canoochee Paddle Race on Saturday, April 13, 2024 in Evans County, Georgia. The racers will begin at noon, with fun paddlers to follow.

Registration is open now.

The race will take place along approximately seven miles of the Canoochee River, from Brewton Bridge to Rocks River Bridge Landing.

Rocks River Bridge Landing will also serve as the headquarters for the winners circle, awards presentation, food vendors, and entertainment. Everyone is welcome to come cheer for the racers and enjoy a day out by the river. Entertainment will include live music from Chris Stalcup!

Chris Stalcup

Stalcup is a Georgia-based country singer and songwriter. His music has been described as “a bonfire raging behind some small-town dirt-road shanty, of a band valiantly laying bare its soul while everyone dances wildly.”

Paddlers of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes are welcome to compete. Non-racing paddlers are also welcome to follow the route after racers have started.

Entrants will receive a vessel identifier, map and official race t-shirt. Registrants will receive packet pick-up information via email. 

ORK does not provide vessels or equipment. Personal flotation devices are required for each participant. Entry is limited and pre-registration is required

Entry is $50 per person

There is no cost to come to come cheer for the paddlers and enjoy a day out by the river.


Start Line:
Brewton Bridge Landing on HWY 169: 32.202245, -81.953692
Finish Line:
Rocks River Landing on HWY 301: 32.184196, -81.889276

FAQs:

– Do I have to pay if I’m a “fun” paddler and not racing?

Yes. The fee pays for one official race shirt person, safety personnel, and other costs associated with putting on the event. A limited number of additional shirts will be available for purchase at the event as well. Full-price registrations also include one-year of a household membership with ORK!

– How will I get back to my car after the race?

If you don’t have a friend to move your car to the finish line, there will be shuttles for the paddlers.


Race categories

  • Top 3 finishers (single kayak) and top 3 canoe/tandem finishers (timed)
  • Funkiest costume – participants are encouraged to dress up
  • Most creative boat – participants are encouraged to decorate their vessels
  • Dynamic Duo – an award for a team of paddlers in a single vessel
  • Lazy River Award – an award for the paddler with the slowest time

Thanks to: 

Evans County Commissioners
Evans County Sheriff’s Office
Evans County Board of Education
Chris Stalcup
Janet Strozzo Anderson
Rolly’s Taqueria
Road-Tisserie
Norburg Chiropractic
Southeast Sanitation
Claxton Poultry


 

Ft. Stewart Paddle

This is a lower watershed paddle between Landings 26-1B on the Canoochee River. This is a 6.1 mile trip / ~ 4 hour paddle, with a lunch break about half way.

This intermediate level paddle is not advisable for novice paddlers or those with physical conditions which may limit their ability to negotiate potential hazards such as fallen trees, swift water, portages, etc. 

Participants *must* provide their own gear and vessels. Personal flotation devices are required. There are no outfitters available to rent gear or vessels.

There is no cost to attend but participants should bring their own lunch and water. Pre-registration is required. Anyone who arrives without pre-registering will not be able to participate.

Put-in is Landing 26. Vehicles will be shuttled to the take-out spot at Landing 1B.


Coordinates for Landings:
Landing 26: 31.980154; -81.339197
Landing 1B: 31.979168; -81.377464

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


Winners

Download full race results

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

Download full race results

Handmade trophies, created with the help of middle school students

 

Canoochee Paddle Race - 2023

RELEASE: ORK revives popular Canoochee Paddle Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
02/16/2023
Contact: Meaghan Walsh Gerard
Communications and Administrative Director
meaghan@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org


OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER REVIVES CANOOCHEE PADDLE RACE
The popular event returns to Evans County

Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) will host the Canoochee Paddle Race on Saturday, April 22, 2023 in Evans County, Georgia. The race will begin at 9 a.m., with fun paddlers to follow.

The race will take place along approximately seven miles of the Canoochee River, from Brewton Bridge to Rocks River Bridge landing. Rocks River Bridge landing will also serve as the headquarters for the awards presentation, winners circle, food vendors, and entertainment. Everyone is welcome to come cheer for the racers and enjoy a day out by the river.

Paddlers of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes are welcome to compete. Non-racing paddlers are also welcome to follow the route after racers have started. Entrants will receive a vessel identifier, map, and official race t-shirt. Registrants will receive packet pick-up information via email. Entry is $50 per vessel, regardless of racing status.

ORK does not provide vessels or equipment. Personal flotation devices are required for each participant. Entry is limited to 100 participants and pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at noon.

Where: Canoochee River, Evans County
Rocks River Bridge Landing: GPS 32.184196, -81.889276
When: Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $50 per vessel; $30 for student paddlers; Free to cheer for the paddlers
Details and registration: https://www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org/events/canoochee-paddle-race/


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. More at ogeecheeriverkeeper.org.

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