November 1, 2024 – November 3, 2024 all-day
Okefenokee Swamp/Stephen Foster State Park EcoLodge
GA 31631
Joe Cook
Join Georgia River Network for this two-day exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp during which we will explore the diversity of the swamp through two paddle trips highlighting both the west and east sides of the 400,000-plus-acre Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. We will spend day 1 of the journey plying the waters of the swamp from Stephen Foster State Park to the Suwannee River Sill.  In places our route narrows as it passes through a dense cypress forest before opening out to the water stacked up behind the man-made Suwannee River Sill. The route passes through a diverse and varied landscape and wildlife is abundant. Bears and gators are spotted along the route regularly.

On day 2, we will caravan in vehicles to the east side of the swamp and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge access at the Suwannee River Canal. Paddling out the man-made canal we will tour the wide-open expanses of Chesser and Mizell prairies filled with unique aquatic plants and the floating islands of peat that lend the swamp the moniker “land of the trembling earth.”

Crisscrossing the 400,000-plus acre Okefenokee Swamp, the Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trails offer unparalleled access to one of the wildest places in Georgia, home to 600 species of plants, 40 mammals, 50 reptiles and 60 amphibians. Additionally, more than 200 species of birds have been identified within the swamp.

Lodging for the weekend will be in the Stephen Foster State Park EcoLodge with private and semi-private rooms available. The event will feature catered meals and nightly education programs. Registration fees include lodging, six meals, swag, maps and guides, guides services and shuttle services.