Update 2018-03-14: Printable flyer for registration, attracting sponsors, and information.
Will Dwight Griner win like the last five years? Come see if you can beat him for the cash prize. If not, you may still win a medal in any of a dozen categories. And it’s a nice spring paddle anyway!
With the silent auction again afterwards: it’s the fifth annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, a fundraiser for WWALS and Friends of Reed Bingham (FORB). Last year we had 54 paddlers, 31 men and boys, 23 women and girls, from eight Georgia counties. That was more than the previous year’s 34 paddlers. Floridians, come on up and help us set another record for entrants! Georgians, there’s plenty of room on the Little River for more paddlers!
8AM-9AM On-site Registration
9:30 AM Mass Start
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Canoes or Kayaks Only
Life jackets required of all participants.
Per boat registration: $20 before April 1, 2018 ; $30 from April 1-28 (including site).
Separate $5 park entrance fee per vehicle is payable at the event.
registration includes a free lunch at the end of the race.
(no grilling this time; park rules)
Bring your own boat or rent one from Reed Bingham State Park (advance reservations recommended).
The course: A scenic all-downstream three-mile winding flat stretch of the Little River, with some trees to go around. Don’t bother the alligators or snakes and they won’t bother you. It’s flatwater through pretty south Georgia forest, under towering cypress trees, past live oaks, coppices of ogeechee tupelo, and majestic pines. The tannin stained blackwaters reflect the beautiful scenery and are typical of the coastal plain, in the middle of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail. Fastest paddlers will complete in under an hour; slow paddlers in 1.5-2 hours. Paddle it to win or just to enjoy.
Cash prize: to the paddler who finishes first. Medals to top finishers in several categories: male and female solo canoe, male and female solo kayak; male 2 person canoe, female 2 person canoe, mixed 2 person canoe, male tandem kayak, female tandem kayak, mixed tandem kayak.
For: Proceeds to benefit Friends of Reed Bingham State Park
and WWALS Watershed Coalition: Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
the Waterkeeper® Alliance Member for the Little River
(and the Withlacoochee, Alapaha and Suwannee Rivers)
More: Call 229-392-5513 or stop by Reed Bingham State Park Office.
And we hope to see you at some of the other upcoming WWALS outings and events; see the WWALS Calendar!
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!