Ogeechee Riverkeeper Wilderness Paddle Trips
March through October, 2014
Experience the natural beauty of Southern “blackwater” rivers, observe wildlife, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow paddlers. There is nothing quite like the tranquility and intimacy of floating right on the surface of the water in a kayak or canoe without the sound of a motor. Join us on the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM as we explore eight beautiful places in the four sub-watersheds of the Ogeechee River Basin.
Experienced ORK guides have carefully planned each trip so that river access and car shuttles will be easy for everyone. In addition, each trip will feature a guest guide who will share with us special knowledge of the locale’s biology and various points of interest along the way.
Price: $25 per trip for members, $35 for non-members (includes one-year membership in ORK), $10 extra to rent a canoe, $15 for a kayak. Or you can purchase a “season ticket” for all eight trips for just $125. Most trips involve 3 to 4 hours of paddling time: however, times can occasionally be affected by river level and weather conditions. The trips are listed below.
The following information is subject to change due to river and weather conditions
March 15, 2014 – George L. Smith State Park – An easy paddle and beautiful in the spring. We will paddle from the dam up into the head waters of the mill pond and Fifteen Mile Creek. Near Twin City, this large cypress lake with ten miles of canoe trails is part of the Canoochee sub-watershed.
April 19, 2014 – Butter Bean Beach, Skidaway Narrows, around Pigeon Island, to Moon River and through Shipyard Creek. Easy put in and take out at same point. These streams and estuaries are located in the northern part of the Ogeechee Coastal sub-watershed.
May 10, 2014 – In conjunction with Georgia River Network’s “Hidden Gems” paddle trip. Put in at Uncle Shed’s fish camp, stop at the site of revolutionary war’s Old Fort Argyle on the west bank of Ogeechee, paddle on down to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal, stop for lunch and historic presentation, take out at King’s Ferry. This is about a 5 hour paddle in the Lower Ogeechee sub-watershed.
June 21, 2014 –We will put in near Wadley, Georgia, and paddle down river through a wild and pristine area to Coleman Lake. This section is located in the Upper Ogeechee sub-watershed.
July 19, 2014 – Scarboro to Rocky Ford, always a favorite! This is an often shady, meandering section of the Lower Ogeechee features occasional alternate streams that split off and then rejoin the river.
August 16, 2014 – We will put in with permission from Fort Stewart, then paddle about 7 miles down the Canoochee River to the confluence with the Ogeechee and finish at Love’s Seafood restaurant in Richmond Hill. (Canoochee and Ogeechee Coastal sub-watersheds)
September 20, 2014 – We will put in at Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge and take out at a private dock. The refuge is located in the southern-most part of the Ogeechee Coastal sub-watershed.
October 18, 2014 – Red Bird Creek at Fort McAllister. We will paddle upstream on the rising tide and return on the falling tide. (Located in the Ogeechee Coastal ecosystem)
For more information or to make your reservation, contact Gerry Cowart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (912) 658-2494.