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Family paddle on Canoochee
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STATESBORO - The Ogeechee-Canoochee annual Canoochee River Race has been replaced by a Family Paddle. Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper has scheduled the Family Paddle for Saturday, April 11 (rain/flood date April 25). Paddlers from all over the Southeast will spend the day paddling down the beautiful Canoochee River.

"We are really excited to be able to showcase the beauty of the Canoochee with families from around the Southeast ," said Chandra Brown, executive director and Riverkeeper . "The Canoochee River Race has been wildly popular, and we are really excited to change the format to be more family-friendly and provide a leisurely experience on the Canoochee."

During the paddle, participants will enjoy a bag lunch, Dutch Treat, on one of the many white sandbars along the river's edge. The scenery is perfect for bird watching, photography, and wildlife viewing. In addition to the great scenery, OCRK will have a storytelling session at the end of the paddle. Participants are welcome to stay and tell their river experiences.

Paddlers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Bryan County park on US Highway 280 at the Canoochee (Groveland) and from there will travel to the put-in, Daisy Nevils Bridge. Paddlers may enter the paddle with canoes and kayaks only. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult in the boat. All paddlers must have proper-fitting personal floatation devices. The paddle includes several guides with knowledge about the Canoochee River and its people. This is a relaxing paddle to enjoy with your family.

The cost to join the paddle is $25 per person for current OCRK members and $35 per person for non-members. You can become a member, preregister for OCRK paddle trips, and find information about OCRK by visiting our website, or by contacting Dianna Wedincamp at 866-942-6222, ext 3.

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