Paddlefest postponed because of unsafe river flows

The seventh annual Paddlefest event that was scheduled for Aug. 10 along the Savannah River will be postponed.


“The decision was made to postpone this year’s Paddlefest due to unsafe river conditions,” said Tonya Bonitatibus, the director of Savannah Riverkeeper. “These elevated river levels are forecast by the Army Corps of Engineers to remain constant for the next three weeks, resulting in all boat landings being closed to the public.”

The event, which includes canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and homemade raft competitions, will occur, she said, but it will be on a later, as-yet-undetermined date.

New dates will be announced in about two weeks, or sooner, she said, and updates will be available at

Paddlefest is the second river event affected by floodwaters from heavy rainfall across the upper Savannah Basin.

Last week, the 2013 Augusta Southern Nationals dragboat races were canceled over similar safety concerns.

Race Chairman Dayton Sherrouse said efforts to reschedule the major event were unsuccessful because of the racing tour’s packed schedule.

It was the first cancellation in the event’s 28-year history.

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