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Savannah River from Riverside Park near Augusta Georgia USA

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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Bernie Thomas
  • Date Submitted: 6/3/2000
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  • Location: Riverside Park northwest of Augusta Georgia
  • Class: Typically flat water with current on the Savannah River during dam releases
  • Distance Paddled: 5.4 miles total
  • Water: fresh (and cold year round)
  • Wildlife: Heron, abundant song birds, beautiful old trees, fish, turtles

Entry and Exit

  • Directions: Exit Interstate 20 at River Watch Parkway (Route 104) west (away from Augusta). Turn right at Fury's Ferry (Route 28) north. Travel on route 28 about 4 stop lights. Just past Riverside Middle School turn left onto Hardy McManus Road (Country Road 92). Turn right into Riverside Park (at Riverside Elementary School) and proceed to the ramp area to drop off boats and equipment.
  • GPS: N 33 deg 35.058' W 082 deg 08.009'
  • Fee: none
  • Description: dirt banks, floating dock, and paved ramp
  • Parking: Adjacent, unpaved
  • Facilities: Restrooms, picnic pavilion, volleyball courts, tennis courts

What We Saw

The paddle is around a long island on the Georgia side of the Savannah River. The channel between the Island and the Georgia bank is called the "Little River", and that is where the paddle will start paddling northwest.

Heading out through the marked channel from the park until it ends after about 100 yards in the "Little River", turn left to paddle the up the Little River.

You'll paddle past an old railroad bridge.

There is a beautiful canopy of large trees along the way and practically no current the day we went.

The Little River ends in the Savannah River as shown at right at

GPS: N 33 deg 36.555' W 082 deg 09.682'

The Savannah River water is quite cold here year round as it is drawn from the bottom of dam reservoirs upstream. Though there is normally little current, current can be substantial after releases or rainfall.

Paddling along the Savannah River here, you'll see South Carolina on the left (Northeast) bank and Georgia on your right heading downstream.

After paddling past the Savannah River end of the old railroad bridge passed on the Little River, you'll see the highway bridge shown at left.

The downstream return entrance to the Little River is on the east (right) Georgia bank before the highway bridge.

Enter that mouth of the Little River shown at right at

GPS: N 33 deg 35.394' W 082 deg 07.559'

You'll return to the channel shown at left at

GPS: N 33 deg 35.198' W 082 deg 07.953'

leading back to Riverside Side Park.

What a relaxing paddle from a great park facility.