RELEASE: Canoochee Paddle Race opens registration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/18/2024
Contact: Meaghan Walsh Gerard
Communications and Administrative Director
meaghan@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org

CANOOCHEE PADDLE RACE OPENS REGISTRATION
ORK brings the popular event back to Evans County

Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) will host the Canoochee Paddle Race on Saturday, April 13, 2024 in Evans County, Georgia. The race will begin at noon, 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 person, regardless of racing status.

ORK does not provide vessels or equipment. Personal flotation devices are required for each participant. Entry is limited and pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at noon.

Where: Canoochee River, Evans County
Rocks River Bridge Landing: GPS 32.184196, -81.889276
When: Saturday, April 13, noon. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person; 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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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

Members Only: Moon River Sunset Paddle

Join ORK and a Moon River Guide for a sunset paddle through the marshes and rivers of the low country estuary. Learn about the coastal ecology and history of this area of Savannah. Stick around for a social hour at the outfitter for snacks and drinks. BYOB is welcome.

Free to ORK members. Pre-registration is required. Paddlers who show up without pre-registering will not be able to join the event.

Gear/Equipment: Participants can provide their own vessels and gear or rent them from Moon River Kayak: $40 single, $55 for tandem-limited. Non-boat gear rental: $5-10-only if needed. Please contact Moon River Kayak directly, in advance, to reserve gear.

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Members Only: Paddle Trip at George Smith State Park

You must be a current member of Ogeechee Riverkeeper to participate in this event. 

Registration is closed.

Guests will paddle a total of about four miles on the 412-acre mill pond, with views of the circa 1880 mill house as well as a trek on some more challenging ‘pinball’ trails through the cypress trees. 

The guided tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and will do two separate loops in opposite directions, stopping back at the same boat ramp for a picnic lunch break. Paddling will be finished by about 2 p.m.

The state park requires a $5 parking pass for each vehicle. Guests are welcome to bring their own canoe or kayak. A limited number of kayaks are available to rent from Mill Pond Kayak. 

Not a member? Become one now and get access to this and more members-only events.

*All participants will be required to adhere to all COVID-19 mandates and protocols in effect at the time of the event.