Canoes and kayaks hit the Ogeechee River
Paddlers in kayaks and canoes take in the sights of the Ogeechee River during the Paddle Georgia 2015 this past week.
Paddle Georgia 2015 participants break camp at Portal High School before catching the shuttle to the Ogeechee River.
After participating in the two-day Lite Paddle, Paul Fahey lashes his kayak to the top of his vehicle at Portal High School for the trip home.
Wearing sun screen like war paint, Jake Sandlin of Duluth, Ga. laughs at shad jokes while on the Paddle Georgia 2015 shuttle to the Ogeechee River. Shad is the theme fish for this year's paddle event.
Early morning rays highlight Paddle Georgia 2015 participants as they hit the Ogeechee River.
Amelia Lord of Fayetteville, Ga. preps her kayak as she readies for day three of Paddle Georgia 2015.
Barbie and Andrew Doll of Snellville, Ga. make their way to the launching ramp to kick off day three of Paddle Georgia 2015.
Danny Brown, center, prepares to launch into the Ogeechee River with Mary Ann Pruett and son Charlie, 16, at the Ga. Highway 24 landing during Paddle Georgia 2015.
Bennett Pitz, 10, is content to take a nap while mom Suzanne does all the work during Paddle Georgia 2015.
Mike De Lisle of Fayetteville, Ga. slices through the waters of the Ogeechee River during the Paddle Georgia 2015.
While enjoying a snack on a sand bar, Leslie Avra of Cumming, Ga., eyes a box turtle she found swimming in front of her kayak on the Ogeechee River. After offering it a couple of bites of her apple, she released the more typically land-loving species of turtle on the shore.
Fred Lugano, of Long Boat Key, Fla., ducks while paddling beneath a tree on the Ogeechee River. Trees lying across the river are known as strainers. Paddlers sometimes must duck, work their way around them, and sometimes carry their boats around them. An advance crew works a day ahead of the paddlers to clear the obstructions.
Students and teachers from Camp Creek Middle School in Fulton County make their way down the river during Paddle Georgia 2015. The students participated through a scholarship program paid for through donations to Georgia River Network.
Caterpiller silks dot the shoreline of the Ogeechee River.
Karen Hill, of Monroe, Ga., shoots down a shallow, narrow, willow-lined portion of the Ogeechee River during Paddle Georgia 2015. Event coordinator Joe Cook says the Ogeechee is what paddlers call a "schizophrenic" river -- one where it might be wide and deep and quickly become narrow and shallow at any time.
Mary Wooten, of Hull, Ga., finds a unique way to shade herself while paddling down the Ogeechee River during the Paddle Georgia 2015. Wooten is also known for a duck decoy tethered to her kayak. When asked why, she replied "I'm trolling for gators because someone said they would barbecue it for us!"
Anne Ledbetter from Smyrna, Ga., front, takes a break and a dip with friends during Paddle Georgia 2015.
Troy Davis, of Covington, Ga., removes a snagged fishing lure from a branch during a lef of Paddle Georgia 2015. Participants keep their eyes out for trash and other things that might spoil the landscape, although many participants remarked on how clean the Ogeechee River appeared to be compared to some past venues.
Ken Swift and son Maddox, 8, take a break from paddling to skip stones in the Ogeechee River.
Paddle Georgia 2015 coordinator Joe Cook displays some mussels while exploring with Bill Avra of Cumming, Ga., right.
Ellen Cardin, left, Brian Cardin, middle, of Woodstock take on Barbara Lamb of Kennesaw in a water fight during Paddle Georgia 2015.
Camm Swift, of Cumming, Ga., sorts through his gear along the Ogeechee River during Paddle Georgia 2015. Swift, a retired ichthyologist, made frequent stops to conduct research and document the fish living in the Ogeechee.
Paddle Georgia 2015 coordinator Joe Cook of Rome, Ga. steps out of his canoe to help it over a strainer.
Taking a break from paddling, Jessa Goldman, left, and Ramsey Cook, both 16, cool off beneath a willow tree while making their way down the Ogeechee River..
A sand bar and a tree swing give paddlers a reason for a break during Paddle Georgia 2015.
Martha Beck of Charleston, S.C., leans back and lets the current do some of the work during a 13-mile leg on the Ogeechee River during the Paddle Georgia 2015. 300-400 paddlers took part during the annual event.
Kayaks and canoes from the 300-400 participants find a resting spot for the night along the Ogeechee River during Paddle Georgia 2015.