ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 170 canoe and kayaks floated down the Flint River Friday, from Albany to Bainbridge.
The paddlers hit the Flint river waters at the Georgia Power Dam landing for the first ever Fall Float on the Flint. It's where they start their four-day journey, hosted by the Georgia River Network, the creator of Paddle Georgia and partners with the Flint River Keeper.
The 175 boaters will travel about 70 miles and stop at 4 area landings before finishing their trip at Lake Seminole on Monday.
"We'll go down to the Mitchell County Landing and from there, tomorrow, we'll go down to Riverbend down in Newton. Then, from Riverbend we'll go down to Hargett's Mill, [and] Hargrett's Mill down to Bainbridge," said Executive Director of GRN Glenn Dowling.
The adventure was put together in response to the success of GRN's annual Paddle Georgia on the Chattahoochee River. Several of those paddlers were on the water Friday.
"What I kind of like is just being by myself, listening to the birds and watching the sun rise over the water, you know, and then when I get tired of that, I go find a group and we hang out," said paddler Georgia Ritchie.
Organizers hope the event helps draw interest in developing water trails across the state.
"It really helps connect and reconnect families and friends together on the river and to love the river, [and] eventually speak out to protect the river," said Dowling.
Paddlers said this won't be the last Fall Float on the Flint they come to. They said they hope to join in for years to come.