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Confluence Newsletter
June 2013
In This Issue

Paddle Georgia 2013 - Party with us in Camilla and Bainbridge
Join Us for the Final 3 of 4 Hidden Gems River Trips - Register Now
Help Us Raise $24,000 for Georgia Rivers
Etowah River Users' Guide - On Sale Now!
Wish List
Take the 2013 Paddle Challenge
GRN Photo Contest

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Paddle GA 2013 - Party with us in Camilla and Bainbridge

Paddle Georgia Logo No DatePaddle Georgia 2013 will take place June 15-21 on 106 miles of the Lower Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  Spaces for thru paddlers sold out in a record 24 hours!  Join us for a virtual journey of the trip on our website at

Join Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper for the Paddle Georgia 2013 “End of Journey Celebration!” Fish Fry and Party
Bainbridge, GA
– Earle May Boat Basin/Cheney Griffin Park
Friday, June 21
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM with dinner at 6:00
Tickets - $15 and are available at:

Welcome the 350-member Paddle Georgia navy as it arrives at its final destination – Bainbridge, Georgia – after their 7-day, 106-mile adventure on the Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  There will be live music, a fish fry with all the fixins’, games and celebration.

To purchase tickets for the fish fry go to:
Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!


Join Georgia River Network and the Camilla Chamber of Commerce for the Paddle Georgia 2013 Camilla Street Party!
Live music and fun
Downtown Camilla, GA
Tuesday, June 18
5:00 PM – 9:00PM

Welcome the 350-member Paddle Georgia navy as it arrives in Camilla and Mitchell County during their 7-day, 106-mile adventure on the Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  There will be live music and fun for the whole family. Downtown restaurants will be open for dinner for the Paddle Georgia participants and others who want to join the fun.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Thanks to our Paddle Georgia Sponsors to Date:
Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs ; Stack and Associates; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Kettle Chips; Sea to Summit; The Outside World; Carrier Transicold

Paddle Georgia 2013 Partners: Georgia Canoe Association,  Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt–A – Stream, Project WET

Join Us for the Final 3 of 4 Seasons Hidden Gems River Trips - Register TODAY! 

KayakingreducedJoin GRN for 3 more Hidden Gems Paddling Events. Three different occasions to discover some of the hidden gems on Georgia's waterways. Each river trip will include presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training and kayak fishing. Find details and register at

August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance, and Cherokee Historical Society
Sept. 7: Central Savannah Watershed Paddle with Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle 4 Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper
Nov. 16: Altamaha River Watershed Paddle with Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper

Help Us Raise $24,000 for Georgia's Rivers

Georgia River Network has some very exciting news. After our extremely successful $1,000 donor-match challenge last year (which raised over $20,000 for river protection) and upon hearing GRN’s ambitious goals for 2013, several of our major donors created two challenges.  Several of last year’s $1000 donors have agreed to donate $1000 again this year, if their donation is matched by a new $1000 donation. $7000 has already been pledged! Can you help us secure these donations and double them by meeting this challenge? This will be a dollar for dollar match.  Another donor has put forward an opportunity for Georgia River Network to earn an additional $5,000 but for this opportunity they are going to match gifts of $500 or more from donors who have not made a one-time $500 gift to GRN before. Can you help us secure this $5000 donation and double it by meeting this challenge?

To accept either of these challenges, simply go to our website ( and click on the red “Donate Now” button or mail a check to our office at 126 South Milledge Ave., Suite E3, Athens, GA 30605 or contact Davin at

Etowah River User's Guide Book - On Sale Now!

EtowahRiverUsersGuidereduced 3Get Your Copy of the “Etowah River User’s Guide” TODAY
The first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” authored by Joe Cook and published in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative, is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper by the University of Georgia Press, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers as well as fishermen. It also will help explorers understand the threats facing the river and what steps can be taken to protect it for future generations.
To purchase your copy, call 706-549-4508 or come by the Georgia River Network office. Price: $21 including tax, $23 including tax and shipping.

Joe Cook is the author of the Georgia River Network Guidebook series published by the UGA Press, is coordinator of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia Event, and the executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative.

Wish List

GRN is looking for the following new or gently used items for our office: a picnic table or concrete outdoor patio set, a good quality digital camera, tablecloths, coffee carafe, and a large capacity coffee brewer for events. Email or call 706-549-4508 if you would like to donate any of these items.

Paddle Challenge 2013

2013 Challenge LogoIn 2013, Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways - by taking 13 people paddling in 2013 who might not otherwise go on their own. 

Click here to learn more about the Paddle Challenges.


GRN Photo Contest 

aprilwinner1Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The June photo contest theme is "River Wildlife Photo" Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the May entries and winner.

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