Augusta Canal Headgates Party!
We hope some of you have been following our Source to Sea Savannah River Pilgrimage (Bob, Joanne, Jesse, and RiverDog). We are busy paddling downstream toward Augusta to hook up with friends, family, and supporters. We invite everyone to join us March 27-29 for some fun happenings. We'll camp Friday and Saturday nights on Clark's Hill Lake, paddle the Augusta Canal Saturday morning, and have an Augusta Canal Headgates Party on Saturday evening. Sunday we'll briefly meet folks in Augusta as we continue toward the Atlantic. Folks are invited to join us for a single event or all events.
1)PADDLING THE AUGUSTA CANAL: Sat. March 28, 10 am - meet at the Augusta Canal Headgates parking area located at the very end of Evans- to- Locks Road a few miles north of Augusta. (3300 Evans-to-Locks Rd., Martinez, GA 30907). Look for our canoe/kayak trailer full of boats in one of the parking areas for the Canal Headgates facilities. (This will also be your parking area for the 5-8 pm party). We will have someone shuttle the empty trailer downstream along with other vehicles to pick us up at trip's end.
The Augusta Canal is an easy and pretty flatwater paddle that goes for about eight miles and ends in downtown Augusta. The historic Canal, locks, towpath, museum,and buildings have been restored into a beautiful paddling/biking/hiking trail. Though an easy paddle, the light current we will ride can occasionally be fast so some paddling experience is helpful. We will paddle the full eight miles taking about four hours and end in Augusta, stopping for a lunch break. Those who wish to paddle only four miles have that option also, as well as biking or hiking (provide own transportation)
BRING: Canoe/kayak/sit-on-top/SUP, paddling gear (don't wear cotton), PFD (life preserver), bagged lunch
Bring your own boats if possible, but we may have a few spots in boats if they are still available, so feel free to ask and we'll try to make arrangements. An easy option is to rent boats from the rentals facility located right where we will put in. Make your own arrangements with them. http://kayakaugustacanal.com
2) CANAL HEADGATES PARTY: Saturday 5-8 pm We have reserved the beautiful Dance Pavilion and Dining Hall overlooking the historic Headgates area. We will enjoy live music, food and beverages, and a short program. Environmental groups are welcome to set up their educational info and membership forms.
MUSIC: Joanne Steele, Rob Brooksher, Shell Bluff singers, and more
FOOD: Soups and bread, mac and cheese, and more. We are looking for someone to provide fish and/or chicken to make on the large bbq pit grill, let us know if you can help. Feel free to bring other food as well.
BEVERAGES: Keg and herbal tea provided
PARKING: Detailed above in 1)
Donations are appreciated to help cover facility rental costs. Huge thanks go to Paul Rampulla for providing keg, bread, and mac and cheese; Deana Brooksher, and Liesel Potthast for soups, tea, and all their hard work.
More info at http://ccrentalfacilities.com/srp-park-canal-headgates/
CAMPING FRIDAY and SATURDAY: We have reserved a beautiful group camping area at Wildwood Park on the south side of Clarks's Hill Lake. Our reservations will allow up to 30 to camp, if everyone chips in 5 bucks per night it should cover it. Our camping area is on a small peninsula connected by a short land bridge, and within a couple minutes walk of the bathhouse. We can drive vehicles in to the camping area. After entering Wildwood Park (entry $3 per day) follow Dogwood Lane to its very end, the primitive camping area. There is a good map on their website, www.columbiacountyga.gov/Index.aspx?page=2680 Address is 3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling, GA 30802. This park also has three championship disc golf courses, we will hopefully be playing a round on Friday.
BRING: Camping gear, means for cooking/food prep, food and beverages, camp chair, etc.
SUNDAY PADDLE AND MEET-UP: Qualified boaters are invited to paddle with us on Savannah River through the shoals, (Canal Headgates area to Augusta) on Sunday, probably around 11 am. We will pause briefly in Augusta to greet folks at the riverfront before continuing our journey.
Hope you can make it to some of the events this weekend, please contact if you will be there to help us with planning.
Bob, Joanne, Jesse, and RiverDog