Ogeechee Riverkeeper Paddle Trips
As a perk of membership, we invite Ogeechee Riverkeeper members to 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 for our monthly paddle trips at 9:00 AM (unless otherwise stated) as we explore beautiful places in the four sub-watersheds of the Ogeechee River watershed.
Experienced ORK guides have carefully planned each trip so that river access and car shuttles will be easy for everyone. In addition, many trips 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.
Please note: The following information is subject to change due to river levels and weather conditions.
2019 Paddle Schedule
October: Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
It’s our final paddle trip of the year, and we’re capping 2019 off with a morning-time exploration of the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Paddle your way through centuries of history that date back to the year 1500 and witness one of the most diverse and active wintering habitats for many species of wildlife.
We’ll be meeting at BarBour Island River Landing at 8:00 a.m. to catch the tide right and paddling in the tidal marshes, streams, and river throughout and around the refuge. We estimate this trip to be approximately 5.5 miles but the route will be variable depending on the crowd, water level, and currents.
This trip will provide a wonderful, social way to wrap up the 2019 paddling season. Make the trip as long or as short as you want by skipping one of the legs, or sticking around after we wrap up.
Kayaks are recommended over canoes for this trip.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much does it cost to attend?
Paddles are free for members. If you are not a member, individuals can become members for $35, and a family membership is available for $50. Memberships are good for one full year. Become a member here.
What are the rules of your paddle trips?
- Follow all local, state, and federal laws
- Leave no trace – whatever you bring in leaves with you
- Stay between the lead and sweep boats at all times
- All participants must wear a properly fitted personal flotation device at all times.
- Each participant must sign a waiver before the paddle. If he or she is under 18, a parent/guardian must sign on their behalf.
- Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Can I rent a boat for a trip?
Ogeechee Riverkeeper has a few canoes available to rent, and we are also working to line up outfitters for each trip for rentals. Please email Justin@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org for information on rentals if it is not mentioned on an individual trip.
What should I bring?
Lunch/snacks, water bottle(s), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water shoes or old tennis shoes (flip-flops/sandals not recommended), dry bag or other way to store keys/phone (if you plan on bringing them).
How does transportation between the put-in and take-out location work?
For trips that have separate put-in and take-out locations, we meet at the put-in at 9:00 AM to unload boats and sign waivers. Then we send all of the drivers only down to the take-out. The drivers then return in 1-3 cars so that most of the vehicles are at the take-out at the end of the day and only a few people need rides back up to their cars.
I don’t see the sign-up link. Where is it?
If there isn’t a link available for a specific trip, then registration either hasn’t opened for that trip or has already closed. We close registration the Thursday evening before the trip at 11:59PM or when we reach a trip’s capacity. Members receive an email with the sign-up link a day before it is posted on our website. If you want to check on your membership or update your contact information, email email@example.com.
Who do I contact with additional questions?
Please contact our Community Engagement Director, Justin Bristol, with questions! (866) 942-6222 or Justin@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org
Don’t see your favorite Ogeechee, Canoochee, or coastal Ogeechee watershed paddling spot here? Tell us about it and we will try and incorporate it in future schedules.
Questions? Problems with registration? Feel free to contact Justin Bristol at Justin@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org or 866-942-6222.