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RiverQuarium schedules canoe trips

ALBANY -- The Flint RiverQuarium is offering residents a chance to paddle down the Flint River with canoe trips planned throughout the month of July.

According to Wendy Bellacomo, director of marketing for the RiverQuarium, residents interested in the canoe trips will not need to worry about supplying a water craft, paddles or flotation devices.

"The great thing about the trips is that all the equipment will be provided and you don't have to worry about figuring out where to go," said Bellacomo.

The canoes are large enough to fit two adults and a child and the trips will consist of a guided tour of the Flint River while participants paddle behind a lead canoe.

Bellacomo said the aquarium is offering residents two types of canoe trips -- one for the more hardy adventurers and one for those that wish for a more leisurely outing.

Both canoe trips will feature Dougherty County's Georgia Youth Science Technology Center Coordinator Steve Rainey as the guide.

Rainey will be providing canoers with information about the Flint River while paddling along with them in a lead canoe.

"Paddle the Flint" costs $25 per canoe and are scheduled for Saaturday and July 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will explore a scenic section of the Flint River from the Radium/Marine Corps ditch landing South of town to the North Mitchell Park landing. Participants will meet at the Flint RiverQuarium. Canoers will need to bring a bag lunch. The minimum age in this canoe trip is 10.

The aquarium is also offering a "Twilight Paddle" for $35 scheduled for Thursday and July 15 that will last 45 minutes. Participants will paddle a quaint section of the Flint River from the Georgia Power dam to downtown Albany. After the trip hor d'oeuvres will be served at the RiverQuarium. The minimum age to participate in the "Twilight Paddle" is 21.

Bellacomo said the "Twilight Paddle" canoe trip will be the first evening paddle event for the aquarium.

"Every fall we do the Flint Float but this will be the first time we are doing something like this in the evening," she said.

Aquarium staff recommend that those wishing to participate in the trips make reservations by calling (229) 639-2650 Ext. 221.

Bellacomo said the canoe trips are a perfect activity for lovers of the outdoors or for residents who want to learn more about the Flint River.