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Paddle Georgia will end in Heritage Park on Friday

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Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia 2017 13th annual weeklong, 106-mile kayak and canoe trip will end at Heritage Park on Friday.

This is the second time Paddle Georgia has ended its annual trip down Georgia’s various rivers, according to Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia coordinator.

“It’s kind of like summer camp for adults,” Cook said, “and the star of the show is the Etowah River.”

According to Cook, Coosa River Basin Initiative will host a River’s End Celebration, which will include a fish fry for all participants as well as members of the community who buy tickets.

The celebration will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the CRBI website at

Also featured at the River End Celebration is a rubber duck race beginning at the Robert Redden Footbridge and ending at the Heritage Park boat ramp. The winner of the duck race will be awarded $250.

Paddle Georgia began its trek Saturday in Dawsonville, with stops in Cumming, Canton, Car­tersville and Euharlee before finishing up in Rome. The trip will have around 400 people from over 17 different states.

According to Cook, Paddle Georgia took this same route in 2006. All proceeds from Paddle Georgia will go towards conserving Georgia’s water trails. Since its first trip, Paddle Georgia has earned around $400,000 to go toward river conservation.