Posting DateMar 26, 2017

2017 Shoal Lily Float

Shoal Lily Float and Wildflower Walk on May 13, 2017




The Broad River Watershed Association will host a canoe float on Saturday, May 13, to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River between Highway 17 and Highway 79 at the mouth of Clark Hill Lake.  We will meet at the (Army Corps of Engineers) Broad River camp ground on Highway 79 at 9:30 am May 13 and will canoe from Highway 17 to Highway 79 in Elbert, Wilkes, and Lincoln counties.  The rare shoal lily that grows along the Broad River should be in full bloom at this time.


There are portions of this float that have some difficulty.  For safety reasons, only experienced paddlers will be allowed to participate in the float.  The float distance is a little over 9 miles and takes approximatly 6 hours to paddle.  We will also be hosting a wildflower walk inthe Broad River Wildlife Management area.  There will be no charge for the walk, however, there will be a limit of 16 people (2 groups of 8) or email the address below.  During the float, we will also do a River Clean-up as part of the National River Cleanup Week.


Bring your own canoe/kayak or contact Michael Moody at the Broad River Outpost, (706)795-3242, to arrange for a canoe or kayak.  This year's spring float is a fundraiser with a $25 donation per person for participants, plus any canoe rental.  Anyone interested should email  Donations will  be accepted through the PayPal link at the top-right of the page (please note in the comments that the donation is for the float) or by bringing a check or credit card to the float.


Guided Hike to the Shoals:
For those who want to see the shoal lilies but don’t want to paddle, we are planning two drives to a site close to the shoals (trips at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm). An approximately 1/4 mile easy walking trail gets you to a site along the river where the lilies are 20 feet from the bank. In low water years, you can wade out to see them. The north facing slope along this side of the river also has a number of interesting plants and lichen covered boulders that we can examine.

Parking and river access on this side of the river limits us to 10 participants for each trip. We will carpool from the Corps of Engineers campground. Registration is required. This trip is weather dependent as heavy rain during the week beforehand can make the access road impassable. Please email to sign up.


PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please RSVP for the walk or float by May 6.  Please send your information to


The Broad River Watershed Association is a regional, non-profit land trust created to preserve the Broad River as a free-flowing river system and to support land use compatible with the maintenance of water quality, scenic rural character, and the preservation of sensitive natural and historic areas and wildlife habitat.  BRWA's goal is to ensure, through work with local landowners, local governments, and state agencies, that these natural resources will enhance the quality of life in our region for present and future generations to come.


The Broad River Watershed consists of the land area drained by the Broad River and its tributaries, the Hudson River and the North, Middle, and South Forks of the Broad River.  The Broad River contains the largest stretch of pristine, free-flowing (undammed) river remaining in the State of Georgia.  The National Park Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Natural Heritage Program have all noted the pristine character of the Broad River and its outstanding ecological and recreational importance to Northeast Georgia.  The BRWA has taken great strides since its founding in 1991 to preserve and protect the Broad River watershed and its natural environment, which are an invaluable resource of this region.