The winning formula of cool cloudy weather, water and canoes and kayaks can mean only one thing… happy paddlers. Early morning around 9:00 on June 7, there were indeed many smiling faces at Deen’s Landing as the first paddle of the year kicked off the “River Rat Run”.
The Baxley-Appling County Board of Tourism hosted its annual “Altamaha River Rat Run” canoe excursion at the Altamaha River on Saturday, June 7. The paddle was a great success. More than 50+ paddlers and volunteers participated from all over Georgia (Alma, Alpharetta, Baxley, Bristol, Claxton, Denton, Ft. Valley, Glennville, Hazlehurst, Jesup, Lyons, Uvalda, Vidalia, and Jacksonville, Florida). Paddlers with their kayaks, canoes, and boats gathered at Deen’s Landing in Appling County to experience the ten-mile paddle to Davis Landing. The group ranged from experienced paddlers who owned their own boats to first time paddlers. Many had participated in previous excursions, and many paddlers were families with small children. Many of these boys and girls had never canoed before, but they were troopers and completed the ten-mile event.
Paula Tanner and Keri Crosby of Baxley-Appling County Board of Tourism welcomed the group of participants. Larry Brantley, the outfitters from Altamaha River Expeditions, assisted the paddlers with canoes, kayaks, life-jackets, and launching.
The river was high, temperature was mild, the wind was blowing a little, and the sky was a little cloudy which makes for a perfect day to paddle down the Altamaha River. Paddlers scurried to the waters edge and the river was soon dotted with canoes and kayaks. The sandbar at the Morris Landing was a halfway resting point site for the hungry paddlers journey. Paddlers gathered around to enjoy lunch provided by the Board of Tourism.
The Board of Tourism extends a special thank you to the Davis family for granting the permission to use Davis Landing for the event. They would also like to thank the Appling County Board of Education, The Baxley News-Banner, WBYZ, Appling County Commissioners, Appling County Sheriff’s department, EMA, GA-DNR, Altamaha River Partnership, and all the individuals/volunteers that made this event a huge success. The next paddle will be the “Linda Coleman Carson Memorial Canoe Paddle” on Saturday, September 20. For additional information on upcoming river events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.baxley.org. You can also check out more Altamaha River events and photos by visiting Facebook (Baxley, Georgia).