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ATHENS — After initial offerings sold out almost immediately, Georgia River Network has added additional introductory kayaking and water safety classes to its September events calendar to help train new paddlers who are finding their way to Georgia’s rivers as an outdoor escape from the pandemic. One of the class offerings, Rescue for Rec Boaters, is possibly the first time a comprehensive safety and rescue class has been offered for lake and Class I river paddlers in this region.

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TOCCOA — Georgia River Network recently designated the Tugaloo River Water Trail as an established part of the organization’s Georgia Water Trails Network during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Broken Bridges, the water trail’s end point within Stephens County Park. The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, leaders and stakeholders and capped off close to three years of work by the Tugaloo River Water Trail Stakeholder Committee to meet Georgia River Network’s criteria for established water trails within the statewide network.

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ATHENS -- With a mining company perhaps months from securing state permits to begin digging for titanium near the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia River Network is hosting a Fat Tuesday celebration to raise awareness of this threat to the swamp and generate funds to stop the mine.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting the way Georgians work and play and the demand for close-to-home outdoor adventures soaring, Georgia’s leading river advocacy organization will offer more than a dozen guided canoe/kayak/paddleboard adventures in 2021, including trips in each of Georgia’s 14 major river basins.

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ATHENS -- Registration for Georgia River Network’s annual Paddle Georgia event closes May 31, giving river lovers less than 26 days to secure a spot for this summer’s weeklong canoe-kayak-paddleboard adventure on the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers.