Paddle Georgia coming to Chattahoochee River

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CUMMING, Ga. — Paddle Georgia, a week-long canoe and kayak adventure organized annually by Georgia River Network, will travel the Chattahoochee River in 2014 - from Cumming to Franklin.

As the country’s largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure, more than 400 paddlers will traverse 115 miles of the Chattahoochee River June 21-27.

Spots on the trip are highly sought after and those interested in participating in the 2014 trip can enter the Paddle Georgia Lottery now through Feb 27 via the Paddle Georgia website at www.garivers.org.

Daily paddle trips will average about 16 miles, and each night participants will camp at nearby facilities such as schools and parks. In addition to spending each day on the river, paddlers will have the opportunity to explore everything from historic sites to water treatment facilities.

The trip is suitable for novice paddlers as well as experienced paddlers. Participants range in age from four to 84, with many families participating. Registration fees range from $155 to $350 for the seven-day trip.

The first Paddle Georgia in 2005 followed the same route, and the 2014 trip marks the tenth year of the annual pilgrimages on Georgia’s rivers.

During Paddle Georgia’s first nine years, the group has introduced more than 2,800 paddlers to more than 900 miles of water trails on 11 different Georgia rivers. Along the way the event has generated more than $180,000 for river protection.

Georgia River Network is a non-profit organization working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast.

For more information visit www.garivers.org.