Paddle Georgia sets sail today on the Coosawattee and Oostanaula rivers of Northwest Georgia, charting a 92-mile course from Ellijay to Rome, June 20-26. This is the fifth-year of what is considered the largest organized, long-distance paddle trip in the country. The sold out event will feature some 325 canoe and kayak paddlers.

Paddle Georgia is more than just a canoe and kayak trip. The event includes educational programs on the river’s cultural and natural history, tours of facilities and historic sites located along the river, nightly games and entertainment, and even a research program in which participants will help collect chemical and biological data to give a snapshot of the current health of the Coosawattee and Oostanaula.

Calhoun Times