Drought conditions bring influx of paddlers

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Drought conditions across the south are bringing folks to the Valley area.  The Chattahoochee River is one of the only rivers in Georgia that is flowing enough to have paddlers paddle down it.

Sanna Ball with Outside World Columbus says they’ve seen an influx of out-of-town kayakers and paddlers the past three weeks.  They’ve come from North Carolina, Tennessee, and across Georgia.

“We don’t know how long this is going to happen.  We’re very grateful that we still have a base flow that runs in Columbus because we’re dam released we’re able to have that more predicted flow, but still it’s low water for us,” she said.

Ball says the influx of out-of-town folks is not only good for their business, but also restaurants and hotels in Uptown.


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