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Paddlers on their way to Bainbridge

Published 10:20am Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Several dozen people paddling down the Flint River as part of Paddle Georgia will arrive in Bainbridge on Friday.

The paddlers began the trip on June 15 at the Lake Blackshear Dam in Crisp County. They passed through Lake Chehaw and the Doughtery County section of the river on June 16-17 and were in Mitchell County on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, they will be paddling 18 miles down Ichawaynochoway Creek, a tributary of the Flint in Baker County.

On Thursday, they will paddle 13 miles, past a blue hole in Baker County and into Decatur County, where they will take out their canoes and kayaks on East River Road on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday night, they will have dinner and spend the night at Bainbridge High School.

They will also eat breakfast at BHS on Friday morning before embarking on the final 11 miles of their trip to Bainbridge.

They will begin arriving at the Earle May Boat Basin sometime around 1 p.m. Friday.

The public is invited to help the paddlers celebrate the end of their seven day, 104-mile journey with a celebration to be held in the Boat Basin from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. A fish fry will be held at 6 p.m. The cost is $15.

There will also be music, games, an awards ceremony and a slideshow of photos taken on the trip.

For more information on the trip, visit www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia.

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