The Georgia Canoeing Association is organizing a canoe and kayak trip on May 1-2, 2010 on the Ocmulgee River to publicize the Ocmulgee River Blueway Project.   Come and join us for a great time on a river that most of us seldom if ever, paddle.  We’ll be car camping at Mile Branch Landing right on the Ocmulgee River in Hawkinsville.  Resturants and Motels are within a mile or so of the camp sites that have water and electricity.

Best of all, they are letting us stay there FREE.!  We’ll meet at the camp at 9:30 AM and they are also furnishing us a FREE shuttle each day!  We hope you can join us for both days of paddling, but you are welcome for either day.  Also, please give me a call if you would like to paddle Friday 4/30 or would like more information.  My cell is 404-229-2939 and my email is lamarph@bellsouth.net.

The Ocmulgee River Blueway Project is a partnership between Bleckley County, Houston County, Twiggs County, and Pulaski County.  With technical assistance from the Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service, they are planning a blueway trail on the Ocmulgee River using existing public access points.  The blueway will be approximately 54 miles long from the start at Bullard Landing in Twiggs County to Sandy Hammock Landing at the southern end of Pulaski County.  There are two access points in Twiggs County, one in Houston, one in Bleckley and three in Pulaski.  Two of the sites currently provide for overnight camping.
 
 

When the blueway project is finished this year, the partners will be able to promote river events such as festivals, river races, and run/bike/paddle races that can be combined with other eco-tourism promotions in each county to promote local businesses and activities.
 

Canoe and kayak trails create economic value at the local level.  They are increasing in popularity in Georgia and across the country.  Water trails provide for recreation by paddlers, anglers, and birders, who spend dollars at the local level that support local business such as outfitters, restaurants, hotels, and retail shops.
 

If you want to participate in the canoe trip, please contact Lamar Phillips:

lamarph@bellsouth.net

404-229-2939