12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

Registration extended to June 11th or when it sells out.  Do not miss out on this floating party.  If you have already registered with the river keepers, Please still do respond on here so we will know who is going.

You must go to:


to be officially entered.  If you do not register through the River Keepers you will not be allowed to participate.

When you register, tell them you are with Atlanta Area Paddlers.  The group with the largest number of entrants gets bragging rights!

This trip is suitable for beginners.  If you do not have a boat you can rent one for $35.  It will be delivered to the starting point and picked up at the end.  The rental fee for the boat is separate from the registration fee for the event.

To rent a boat, go to:


Please read!! Please follow directions!!

You will respond on this site so we will know who is coming from AAP,  but you must go to the UCR site to register and pay.

VERY IMPORTANT  ....when you register you will be asked if you want to be part of the Team Challenge.  Answer "yes" please and put the team name as:  Atlanta Area Paddlers.   For the last two years we had the biggest group, this year we want to blow away second place.

Last year our theme was "Patriotic".   This year it will be "The Roaring Twenties". Let's make our group stand out!

This is always a fun day for young and old alike.  Come early on race day, our group will stage near the front of the line but it is hard to hold spaces,,, so again, come early and drop your boats, then you can go and find the coffee!!!

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 14TH, for the 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival. The race course begins at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and ends at Riverside Park in Roswell, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.

Organized and presented by Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County, and the city of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlantans.

THE RACE begins at 9am and includes open and recreational categories, various age divisions, solo and tandem canoe divisions, as well as kayak and sea kayak divisions. Paddlers wanting a competitive race will traverse the 10-mile course, while recreational paddlers will take the eight-mile course. Both include exciting Class I-II rapids and conclude at Riverside Park. Timing officials will be provided by Georgia Canoeing Association.

Paddle for a Purpose. Don't let your participation stop at the river's edge. Join us today by asking your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you for every mile you race in the 8- or 10- mile course. Whether it’s $5, $10, or $20 a mile - your efforts will allow us to continue our mission of preserving and protecting the Chattahoochee River for the 3.5 million Georgian’s who depend on it.

THE FESTIVAL at Riverside Park, 10am to 2pm, is free and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy live music plus Riverside Park’s “spray ground,” face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities, as well as vendors and an array of environmental exhibits.

Awards will be presented in all categories at the conclusion of the race, including awards for Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration. The race also includes a Team Challenge as a way to build pride, morale and camaraderie among groups such as companies, schools, and clubs. Race fans can cheer on their favorite crafts from several locations: Island Ford, Don White Park and the take out. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge (UCR’s own pontoon boat). Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over carrying a valid ID) before going ashore.

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  • Greg W.

    Atlanta Area Paddlers won the 2014 Team Challenge! At the awards ceremony, no one else came forward to accept the award, and so I accepted it on behalf of Atlanta Area Paddlers, and I have possession of the plaque. Congratulations! . . . I thought the event was really well organized, and was loads of fun!

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • John M.

      Greg, thanks. I was working on the other end of the park and did not hear announcements.

      June 16, 2014

  • Alan K.

    I actually think the launch group and process went smoother then past years. The way they revised it to have one person check the numbers of the group and log them, and then a person with each boat who signaled when ready moved things along in an efficient manner for the number of boats.

    I echo John's comments that the task and undertaking of such an event relies on volunteers who worked tirelessly so we can play and enjoy a fabulous day.

    Sure there are things here and there that you could quibble with a bit but they are pretty small compared to the success of the event. Props to Tammy and her crew. And thanks for no conflict with Paddle Georgia!

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • John M.

    No way to launch 400 boats in a hurry. I am always amazed things go so smooth! Bless our volunteers who are on the bank when they would rather be paddling!

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Robby S.

    A bit of a wait too get in the water but, overall a good time.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • John M.

    If you are not paddling you can still come to the festival at Riverside Park. Going to be quite a party with live music.

    June 11, 2014

  • John M.

    If you are not officially signed up you will not be allowed on the boat ramp. With 420 paddlers launching, no room for others. You could launch on that section of the river after the event ends, probably around 12:00.

    June 11, 2014

  • Crystal M.

    Missed it too... They are at capacity

    June 11, 2014

  • Capri B.

    Hey guys, I missed the cut out for registration they are full. can you kayak anyway or no? if not then catch you next time:(

    June 11, 2014

  • Crystal M.

    AWESOME! I just ordered my thule roof rack so now I can join your guys, hope it get here before the race or Im going to have to rent a yak.

    June 7, 2014

  • Codename Steeve K.

    Ok - I'm ready to reg but I'll then need to order a boat/kayak (what kink of um "boat" would it be?) and would be great to find a paddle bud if it will be a 2-fer boat. Any other solo's out there on the fence about joining? Ping me.

    June 7, 2014

  • Wendy

    The message is cut off. Are we kayaking, floating or rafting?

    June 5, 2014

  • Meg A.

    All signed up with Riverkeepers.

    June 3, 2014

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