Ogeechee Riverkeeper is slated to kick off its 2017 paddle trip season with a 6-mile paddle on the Canoochee River at 9 a.m. March 25.
Participants can put their boats in the water on Daisy Nevils Highway, 2 miles north of the intersection with U.S. Highway 280 in Claxton. The trip is anticipated to last until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch.
Paddlers will enjoy a tour down the Canoochee, where winding blackwater creates both a serene and challenging course for paddlers. Luke Roberson, Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s outreach and water quality specialist, will lead the trip.
“Ogeechee Riverkeeper is thrilled to begin our third annual Paddle Trip season with this scenic course,” said Ogeechee Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn Kurilla. “These trips are such an incredible way to get the community interested and involved with our organization. There is no better way to truly connect with the river than spending a day paddling down it and seeing the wildlife and beauty it has to offer.”
Registration for non-members is $35 per person while Ogeechee Riverkeeper members are invited to join these paddles at no cost. Ogeechee Riverkeeper memberships begin at the individual level of $35.
Participants should bring lunch/snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water shoes or old tennis shoes and a dry bag or way to store personal items. Flip-flops and sandals are not recommended.
This course’s difficulty ranking is beginner to intermediate. Children 12 years and younger should be accompanied by an experienced paddler. Please contact the Ogeechee Riverkeeper office for more information about bringing a child to participate.
Registration for this guided paddle trip closes at 4 p.m. March 24. To register for this trip or for more information about Ogeechee Riverkeeper, please visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org or call 866-942-6222.