Yellow River Paddle and Jam

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On October 1, join the Georgia Conservancy and the Yellow River Water Trail for a peaceful 7-mile flat-water day paddle on the Yellow River as it rambles through Newton County. You will float through quiet wooded areas with sandbars for picnicking and rope swings for playing along the way. We may be joined by some of the locals–watch for blue herons, kingfishers turtles, deer and otters. This lazy section of river is shallow, sandy-bottomed and slow—great for kids, newbies, and anyone who wants to kick back. Drift back in time when you see aged bridge remnants, destroyed by Sherman during the Civil War.

Music will signal the end of your paddle. As you approach the Porterdale’s Yellow River Park just above the mill dam, take in some tunes by local bands. Yellow River Jam is a 1-day music festival on a riverside stage. When you shed your boat gear, head for some craft beer and local fare; the take-out is about a half-block away from downtown Porterdale- a vibrant, historic 1830s mill village. Restaurants will be grilling and baking for hungry paddlers. This will be the best place in Atlanta for Boats, Bands and Brews on October 1st!

If you like this, explore the rest of Yellow River. The Yellow River Water Trail is a Georgia River Network certified river running 53 miles through Gwinnett, DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties, beautiful woodlands, stone outcrops, parks, small town shopping and even great whitewater (in Gwinnett and below the dam in Newton) for the daring. The Yellow joins with the Alcovy and South rivers at Jackson Lake to create the great Ocmulgee River.

Put-in: Mount Tabor Road, Almon, GA (I-20 Exit 88)

Take-out: Yellow River Park, Downtown Porterdale, GA

Price breakdown: Price includes the following accommodations listed in drop-down menu

$35 per person to register (bring your own boat – boat not included) Need to rent a boat? Boat registration will be available later this year. We will email participants when boat rentals are available.
“Paddle Your Children … down the river with the Georgia Conservancy”

New in 2016: Children 14 and under register for FREE on select Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Trips


Children must be 14 and under
Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
All children must have a signed waiver from their legal guardian
Does not include our Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs.
One adult for every two children, please!
*When completing registration add your children’s names and ages under Question #1.

Georgia Conservancy members use your four digit member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. Members receive a $10 discount, Cambium members receive a $20 discount. Having trouble identifying your four digit membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres at Are you adding on a membership with this trip purchase? Use GCMember promo code to receive a $10 discount. Adding on a Cambium membership? Use GCCambium promo code to receive $20 off your purchase.

October 01 2016


Date: October 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 am
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Porterdale Yellow River Park

Main Street & Hemlock St
Porterdale, GA 30014 United States