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 has made the decision to cancel the 2024 Canoochee Paddle Race.

High water levels are forecasted to flood Rocks River landing, the location for the finish line event area. NOAA river gauges indicate that the Canoochee could rise as high as 10.6 feet at the time of the race.

ORK is disappointed to not be able to celebrate with paddlers and friends this weekend. The event was slated to be a celebration on the river for area residents.

ORK will automatically refund registration fees. ORK will explore options for new date soon.

Staff and volunteers have already put in a great deal of effort to prepare. ORK is grateful for the partners helping to organize and enhance the event.

Thanks to:

Evans County Commissioners, Evans County Sheriff’s Office, Evans County Board of Education, Southeast Adventures, Chris Stalcup, Janet Strozzo Anderson, Picho’s Taco Truck, Road-Tisserie, Norburg Chiropractic, Southeastern Sanitation, and 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


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

Contact: Meaghan Walsh Gerard
Communications and Administrative Director

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:

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