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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany is known for the Flint River. You likely travel across the river on a regular basis going to or from work. But have you ever taken the time to explore it? Now's your chance.

You can take a trip down the river by canoe, all while supporting the Flint Riverquarium.

The river is one of Steve Rainey's favorite places to be.  He said, "I've been a river rat since I was very young. I have a canoe that is 40 years old."

And Thursday night, he's going to take others along on a canoe ride down the Flint River.  He said, "I just spend lots of time on the river fishing and canoeing and just being on the river."

A river that is vital to the people and ecosystem of Southwest Georgia. And that's one of the reasons the Flint Riverquarium is offering canoe trips in July.

It's a way for people to enjoy the river, while being educated on it's importance.  Rainey said, "Water is the lifeblood of the earth. We can't live without it. It's a resource that we need to take care of."

Just as it takes care of us. Plus, you never know what you might see.  He said, "There are a number of things you can see. There's all sorts of reptiles and amphibians." Snakes, birds, even alligators. Getting in touch with nature while floating down the Flint.

If you want to take one of those canoe trips, better make your reservation soon. There are only two spots open for this Saturday, July 3rd. It's a six hour trip and spots are $25 each. There are also openings for the next Twilight paddle on July 15th. Those tickets are $35.

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