Flint River Kayaking: That Time My Friends Left Me for Dead (Sort of).

May 28, 2018

kayaking flint river georgia

Albany, Georgia has a lot of really fun outdoor pursuits.  When I heard our girls’ getaway weekend was going to include on a Flint River kayaking excursion, I had mixed feelings.  I like kayaking…but I don’t love it.

“Will we have to struggle against the current?” I asked, recalling most of my previous excursions in a two-person kayak where my honey did all the muscle work while I took the selfies.

“No, the current will be with us,” said Raschelle, our trip leader.


We put-in with our rentals from Kayak Attack outfitters. The access/launch point was near one of several bridges on the river.  In southwestern Georgia, the Flint River flows through downtown Albany, the largest city on the river.  It’s one of only 40 rivers in the U.S. that flows more than 200 miles unimpeded by dams or other synthetic systems, adding to its natural significance.

But perhaps the river is best known for its mention in Gone with the Wind, where author Margaret Mitchell refers to the Flint River as bordering Scarlett O’Hara’s “Tara” plantation.

It was a typical sunny Georgia day….the sky was blue, the river was calm, my gear safely secured in my bubblegum pink wetbag, and all was right with the world.

I floated on the still river with little effort, amicably chatting with Kimberly who was in a kayak next to me.

“Now this is how I like to kayak,” I said to her, thinking maybe my previous judgment of the sport had been too harsh.

And so it went for a couple of hours until we hit a patch where the water level was quite low and rapids (okay, currents) were visible.

“Cross over to this side,” shouted Raschelle, as she and Shelby paddled across the technical passage, i.e. a route through a rock garden in which considerable maneuvering is required for safe transit. “It’s too shallow where you are.” [read more]

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  1. Comment by Larry Wilson

    Larry Wilson Reply January 10, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Great post Patti, i plan to go to Albany, Georgia next summer with wife, i must visit this place and try kayaking there.

  2. Comment by Jared

    Jared Reply October 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    A day at Albany, Georgia is better than any day at the office. Thanks for sharing such a lovely memory with us.

  3. Comment by Megan

    Megan Reply October 22, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Looks like a fun adventure to me. Though I have to agree that having your significant other handle the muscle power also sounds like a great way to kayak to me! 🙂 Seriously though, glad you had fun. Kayaking is definitely one of those sports where conditions play a huge factor in ones enjoyment.

  4. Comment by Clayton Johnson

    Clayton Johnson Reply July 26, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Looks like you enjoyed the trip. Kayaking always a great activity to do. And you gained an enjoyable moment.

  5. Comment by Mark Mahoney

    Mark Mahoney Reply July 9, 2018 at 1:14 am

    wow, these are so impressive. I wanna say that, really amazing. Carry on

  6. Comment by WhaleNation

    WhaleNation Reply June 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the kayaking trip, Patti!


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