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Hidden Gems Paddle: Ochlockonee River

Georgia River Network

Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)

Hidden Gems Paddle: Ochlockonee River

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Ticket 1 - TANDEM Boat Rental: Paddler #1 ~ With this ticket, You MUST also select the "Paddler #2" ticket option for your paddle partner NOW!   more info Ended $75.00 $5.12
Ticket 2 - TANDEM Boat Rental: Paddler #2 ~ Was the "Paddler #1" ticket above also selected? If not, please select it NOW to pay for your and your partner's paddle. Ended Free $0.00
SINGLE Boat Rental: Adult   more info Ended $50.00 $3.74
SINGLE Bring Your Own Boat: Adult or Child (18 & Under)   more info Ended $25.00 $2.37
Post-Paddle Dinner ONLY: Adult   more info Ended $15.00 $1.82
Post-Paddle Dinner ONLY: Child (12 & Under)   more info Ended $8.00 $1.43

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Event Details


Discover this majestic river in the Red Hills of Southwest Georgia!



NOTE: No tickets will be sold after 12:00 PM on Friday, 11/13/15. So, please plan your ticket purchases accordingly. No exceptions granted. We will paddle rain or shine except in the event of a severe thunderstorm or dangerously high water levels. Participants must cancel within 48 hours of the event to receive a refund. Thank you for understanding! 

 If renting a boat...

TANDEM = 2 people paddle in 1 boat together
SINGLE = only 1 person paddles in a boat by him/herself

 Registration Options

TANDEM - Paddler #1: $75

Includes boat rental & ACA insurance with the option to purchase lunches within registration.

NOTE: Select this option if you are the one paying for you (paddler #1) and your paddle partner (paddler #2). NOTE: Paddler #2 must register separately by selecting the "TANDEM: Paddler #2" ticket on this page. 

TANDEM - Paddler #2: Required ticket if paddling tandem, but no charge; Paddle #2's fee is included in Paddler #1's ticket. Includes boat rental & ACA insurance.

NOTE: This ticket is required for those who are paddling tandem with someone who is simultaneously purchasing or has already purchased the "TANDEM: Paddler #1" ticket. Lunch is not offered through this ticket option. If you would like a lunch, it MUST be purchased within Paddler #1's registration.


SINGLE: $50  
Includes boat rental & ACA insurance with the option to purchase lunch ($25 - kids 18 & under)

Includes ACA insurance and the option to purchase lunch

LUNCH: You will have the option to purchase lunch(es) for $10 per person within all of the ticket options above except "TANDEM: Paddler #2". This must be purchased through "TANDEM: Paddler #1" registration. Lunch is provided by: Len Foote Hike Inn.

DINNER: $15.00 ($8.00 for kids 12 & under)  *Includes tax and tip. If paddling, dinner tickets will be offered within your registration. If only attending the dinner, please purchase your ticket(s) on this page. Dinner details below.


  • Adopt-A-Stream - Julie Shutters (Golden Triangle RC&D)
  • Flora - Beth Grant (retired healthcare worker and volunteer promoting conservation and study of nature in Georgia and Florida. Major contributor to preservation of the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve and Lost Creek Forest)
  • Fauna - Brad Alexander (Wildlife Biologist, Georgia Department of Natural Resources); North American Native Fishes Assoc. (Michael Wolfe)
  • River Restoration - Celeste Chason Tyler (Keep Grady County Beautiful)
  • Performing Artists - TBD
  • History - Christine Ambrose (Assistant Professor of Biology, Thomas University)
  • Partner Presentations - (Gwyneth Moody) Georgia River Network; Margaret Tyson (Ochlockonee River Water Trail); Rhonda Gordon (Golden Triangle RC&D)


Important Details

#1. The paddle is 3.96 miles on flatwater. Novice paddlers are welcome to join.


#2. Put-In, Take-Out & Parking:



Hadley Ferry Landing 
Hadley Ferry Rd. 154
Cairo, GA 39828

30.731833, -84.235817


Dickey Ferry Landing 
30.706339, -84.259872

*Use GPS coordinates in Google Map! Click HERE for link to map.

If you are bringing your own boat:

Please drop your boat off at the Put-In location no later than 9:30 AM, and park your vehicle. A shuttle will be provided at the end of the paddle to take you back to your vehicle (5 mile drive). You will then return to the take-out to retrieve your boat. 

If you are renting a boat:

Please park your vehicle at the Put-In location no later than 9:30 AM. A shuttle will be provided at the end of the paddle to take you back to your vehicle (5 mile drive). 


#3. Don't forget to fill out your ACA waiver(s) online! Once you have completed your online waiver(s), you will receive an email. Within the email, you will need to cilck on the included link to finalize submission of the form.

Adult ACA Liability Waiver
* Minor ACA Liability Waiver 

#4. Please bring water, hat, sunscreen and anything else you may need to stay happy on the river. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet - no cotton (or jeans). If you are bringing your own boat, please note that ACA requires you to wear your life jacket at ALL times while on the river. Thanks for your cooperation!

#5. In our efforts to make this an environmentally conscientious/friendly event, we ask that you bring your own water bottle (we will have igloo coolers with ice water for you to fill them with). Thanks for understanding!

#6. We will eat lunch on a sandbar. If you purchased a lunch, it will be passed out then. 

#7. If you would like to make a donation to or become a member of GRN, please make sure to check this option when registering. 

To learn more about the partnering organizations of this event, visit the following links:

Georgia River Network, Ochlockonee River Water TrailGolden Triangle RC&D

#8. For an additional fee (tickets sold within your registration), you can join in our post-paddle dinner! 

WHEN - Saturday, Nov 14, 6:00PM
WHERE - Birdsong Nature Center, 2106 Meridian Rd., Thomasville, GA 31792
WHO - Dinner catered by Emm's Catering
WHAT - Meat options include grilled chicken or pulled pork with BBQ sauce. Vegetarian option includes grilled eggplant, zucchini, onions and mushrooms with quinoa and herbs. Side dishes will be mixed green salad, baked potatoes (regular and sweet), collards, and cornbread. Beverages will be tea (sweet and unsweet) and water. 
COST - $15 per adult, $8.00 per child (12 & Under) * Includes tax and tip

Also... There will be a silent auction at the after-paddle dinner at Birdsong Nature Center. Items will be available for review, and the auction will take place before and during dinner with announcements made for winning bids shortly after dinner. All proceeds will benefit the Ochlockonee River Water Trail.  

NOTE: Post-paddle dinner tickets may only be purchased online via this website. 

#9. Overnight Camping & Lodging Options:

Birdsong Nature Center 
2106 Meridian Rd. 322
Thomasville, GA 31792
(30.705125, -84.193047)

15 Primitive camping sites available with 2 toilets, sink and 2 portalets; No electrical hookup. Please contact Julie Shutters - 229-723-3841 Monday- Friday or 910-751-0628 and she will return your call if not available. Cost: $15.00 nightly or $25.00 for weekend (Friday - Saturday).

For additional information on motels and B&B, go HERE.


This is an ACA-sanctioned event. ACA memberships are available with registration of this event. Individual memberships: $30 each, Family memberships: $40 each. If you would like to become a member of ACA, call the GRN office at 706.549.4508 to pay by credit card over the phone.


Thank you, and we look forward to exploring this Hidden Gem with you!

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Gwyneth Moody


This Ochlockonee River Hidden Gem Paddle was possible in part bythe Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites, Len Foote Hike Inn, and Keep Grady County Beautiful.




For information about our other Hidden Gems paddling trips, go HERE!

Have questions about Hidden Gems Paddle: Ochlockonee River? Contact Georgia River Network

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