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Little River Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout

Georgia River Network

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

Little River Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
ADULT Weekend Ticket (T-Shirt, Lunches, Hot Breakfast, Festive Dinner, Live Entertainment, Camping & Presentations) Apr 17, 2017 $125.00 $0.00
CHILD Weekend Ticket (16 & under) (T-Shirt, Lunches, Hot Breakfast, Festive Dinner, Live Entertainment, Camping & Presentations) Apr 17, 2017 $85.00 $0.00
SATURDAY Ticket (T-Shirt, Lunch, Festive Dinner, Live Entertainment & Presentations) Apr 17, 2017 $65.00 $0.00
SUNDAY Ticket (T-Shirt, Breakfast, Lunch, & Presentations) Apr 17, 2017 $65.00 $0.00
ADULT DINNER & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Ticket (Saturday 6:30pm-9pm) May 20, 2017 $20.00 $0.00
CHILD DINNER & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Ticket (Sat- 6:30pm) 12 and under May 20, 2017 $13.00 $0.00
VOLUNTEER Weekend Ticket (T-Shirt, Lunches, Hot Breakfast, Festive Dinner, Live Entertainment, Camping & Presentations) Apr 17, 2017 $60.00 $0.00
STAFF Ticket May 20, 2017 Free $0.00
PRESENTER Ticket for SATURDAY OR SUNDAY (T-Shirt, 2 meals, Live Entertainment, Camping, Presentations etc.) May 20, 2017 $40.00 $0.00

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Little River Hidden Gem

 

LITTLE RIVER HIDDEN GEM

PADDLE & CAMPOUT

May 20-21

Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Georgia Little River Water Trail! Join us for an exciting two day paddle, dinner party, and campout within the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thomson, GA!

The Event will Include:

Lunches * Festive Dinner Party * Live Music * Games and Activities * Camping * Hot Breakfast * Plein Air Painting Demo * Fish Seining * Presentations on Native Wildlife, River Health, River Restoration Opportunities, Cultural & Native American Indian History, and more...

We will be Paddling:

Near Historic Gold Mining Sites * In the Habitat of Bald Eagle, Heron, Kingfisher, River Otter, Beaver, Fox, and a Variety of Fish Species...


 

NOTE: Boats are NOT included with this paddle. Paddlers must secure their own boats. Rental options are available through Raysville Campground http://www.raysvillecampground.com - (706) 595-6759 & Cole Watkins Tours http://www.colewatkinstours.com - (706) 840-0433.

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.


TRIP DETAILS:

#1. Paddle Distance, Class, End Time:

Day 1 – 7.6 miles

Day 2 – 5 miles  

This paddle is all flatwater. Novice paddlers are welcome to join. We expect everyone should be off the river by no later than 3:30PM on Sunday.


#2. Parking, Put-In & Take-Out:

PARKING & CAMPING LOCATION (Participants will be shuttled to Put In Location):

Holliday Park Campground*

Off Holliday Park Road on Goat Pasture Road

Wilkes County

33.6523525, -82.54152

https://goo.gl/maps/kwEpE8VcPxk

*NOTE: Holliday Park (http://bit.ly/2mRrd7F) has primitive campsites without electricity or RV hookups. There is a bathhouse with 1 women's and 1 men's shower.

 

SATURDAY PUT IN LOCATION (BOAT DROP OFF ONLY):

Hwy 78 Bridge

Thomson, GA 30824

33.637667, -82.595350

https://goo.gl/maps/yWzn65GeuyH2


SUNDAY TAKE OUT LOCATION:

Raysville Campground

6489 Lincolnton Rd NE

Thomson, GA 30824

33.631825, -82.473172

https://goo.gl/maps/BpPEbRr5v8J2

(A map will be provided)


#3. What are you Going to Paddle?

Bringing your Own Boat?

On Saturday: Please drop off your boat and passengers at the Put-In (if bringing your own boats) between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and then drive to Holliday Park (approx.20 min drive), and park your vehicle. A shuttle will then take drivers to the Put-In location between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. Your vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at Holliday Park Campground that afternoon.

On Sunday: We will paddle from Holliday Park Campground to Raysville Campground where a shuttle will be waiting to take drivers back to their vehicles at Holliday Park Campground (approx.15 min drive). Drivers will then return to Raysville Campground to retrieve their boats and any passengers (a map will be provided).  

Do you Need a Boat?

As already mentioned, boat rental is not included with this paddle. If you need to rent a boat, please make arrangements with the outfitter associated with the trip:

If Renting a Boat:

On Saturday: Please drive directly to Holliday Park Campground arriving no later 9:30AM. A shuttle will then take you to the Put-In location between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. Your rental boat will be waiting for you at the Put-In location and your vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at Holliday Park Campground that afternoon.

On Sunday: We will paddle from Holliday Park Campground to Raysville Campground where a shuttle will be waiting to take participants back to their vehicles at Holliday Park Campground (approx.15 min drive).  


#4. Presentations and Entertainment:

  • Native Plants -TBA

  • Fauna - TBA

  • Fishes - Camm Swift & Michael Wolfe, North America Native Fishes Assoc.

  • River Restoration - Bill Hopkins - Scout Master, Troop 125 - Lake/River Cleanups

  • History -Larry Coburn - Native American Indian "Walk thru History"

  • River Health - Adopt-A-Stream TBA

  • Games and Activities - Nature Trivia, Horseshoes, Corn Hole, Frisbee, Campfire, etc.

  • Live Band - TBA

  • Paddle & Campout Partners: Georgia River Network, GA’s Little River Water Trail, and McDuffie, Warren, and Washington-Wilkes Counties


#5. Meals:

The following meals are included in the paddle/campout ticket price. We have also offered the option for your family and friends to purchase Saturday night dinner tickets if they would like to join us at Holliday Park Campground.

 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY LUNCH

Provided by: Southern Scratch

Menu: Boxed Lunch comes with choice of sandwich options, sea salt kettle cooked chips, chocolate chip cookie, fruit and pickle.

 

SATURDAY DINNER

Provided by: Southern Scratch

Menu: Pulled Chicken & Homemade Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Naan Bread, Afghan Pesto Coleslaw, Roasted, Paprika Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit, S'mores, Sweet Tea, and Water.

Vegetarian option available upon request: Grilled Mozzarella Mushrooms.

 

SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Provided by: Gracie B's

Menu: Coffee, scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, fruit bowl, and biscuits.


#6. Suggestions for Lodging on Friday Night

A list will be provided upon registration for those who are interested.


#7. Make a Donation, Become a Member or an Event Sponsor of Georgia River Network!

Support our work restoring and protecting Georgia's rivers by making a donation, becoming a member or sponsoring this event when registering or visit  us HERE!

Learn more about the partnering organizations of this event, by visiting the following links:

#8. What to Bring

In addition to camping gear (if you are camping) 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 required you to wear your life jacket at ALL times while on the river.
 

#9. Eco-Friendly Event 

In our efforts to make this an Eco-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).

 

#10. Need to Purchase Additional Dinner Tickets for Friends and Family?

Have friends or family that can only join us for the festive dinner party and live entertainment on Saturday evening at Holliday Park? They can buy a dinner ticket (Adults $10; Kids $6) above online!

 

This is an ACA-sanctioned event.

 

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

If you have any additional questions, please contact:


Gwyneth Moody

Georgia River Network, Director of Programs and Outreach

gwyneth@garivers.org

706.549.4508

Have questions about Little River Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout? Contact Georgia River Network

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM (EDT)


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