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Georgia Conservancys's Flint River Paddle At Montezuma Bluff

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From its humble beginnings in Fulton County to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River in extreme southwest Georgia, the Flint River is a wildly diverse river, both ecologically and geologically. And no stretch of the Flint better represents this diversity than the section just north of Montezuma.

On March 16 - 17, join the Georgia Conservancy on a guided overnight paddle on this section of the Flint River between Marshallville and Montezuma. Register here. (

From the high bluffs of the southern Flint River Valley that flank the river and guide its course to the swamps and sandy river banks commonly found in the coastal plain, paddlers will witness a vast variety of landscape and wildlife.

No better to act as guide for this adventure than John “the other man from Plains” Williams. John is a dedicated member and volunteer of both the Georgia Conservancy and Georgia Canoeing Association and has been leading overnight camping and paddling trips on the Flint River for more than 30 years.

The price of the trip ($65) includes camping gear, dinner, breakfast, shuttle service and a Georgia Conservancy membership. (Need a boat? Rent one for only $20).

This is a beginner friendly paddle and campout.



Flint River – approx. 6 miles – Canoe and kayak appropriate

Participants will meet at the Old Flint River Ferry Boat Ramp (unpaved ramp) on East Ferry Road at 9:30 a.m. The East Ferry Road is located just east of the Highway 127 bridge near Marshallville. Cars will be shuttled to the George Hooks Landing at GA Hwy. 49.

Paddlers will spend the day on the lazy Flint viewing live oaks drenched in Spanish moss and experiencing the changing landscapes surrounding the river.

Camp will be set up during the late afternoon in the Montezuma Bluff Wildlife Management Area. We will make dinner and hang out around the campfire on the sandbar.


Flint River – approx. 5 miles – Canoe and kayak appropriate

Paddlers will hit the water by mid-morning to experience the last leg of the journey to Montezuma.


We will camp and enjoy a campfire on the banks of the Flint River in the Montezuma Bluff Wildlife Management Area, home to incredible stands of mature hardwood forest. Conservancy staff will be on-hand to assist paddlers with the setting up of tents.

A limited amount of REI camping gear is available for rent from the Georgia Conservancy, free of charge.


Canoe rental is $10 per person ($20 per canoe). A canoe can be reserved during online registration. Rental fee includes the cost of a personal flotation device (PFD) and paddle.


The Georgia Conservancy will provide dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning to those who purchases meals. Please bring your own lunch for both days.

We can accommodate any reasonable food preparation request.

Price Structure:

Overnight Paddle on the Flint River - $65

Overnight Paddle on the Flint River for 2 - $100

Canoe rental - $10 per person

Georgia Conservancy members receive $10 off

Click here to register. (

The Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluff is one of our nine Heartland Rivers of Georgia trips featuring camping, paddling and stewardship in south and central Georgia. The series brings to light conservation efforts, economic development and recreational opportunities on the Flint, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha and Savannah rivers.

Largely unknown to the Georgia outdoor enthusiast, Georgia’s heartland rivers are a treasure trove of unparalleled natural beauty and recreation opportunity just a short drive from home.