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Ocmulgee Water Trails Paddle at Hawkinsville
Hosted by Greg Bates
Over the weekend of January 8-10, join the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Canoeing Association, Hawkinsville Classic Main Street and Pulaski County Rivers Alive on a two-day river celebration along the banks of the Ocmulgee River. We will explore roughly 25 miles of the revolutionary 200 mile Ocmulgee Water Trail Network that is a premier destination for paddlers and river enthusiasts and provides a variety of recreational activities that promotes local and regional economic improvements. The weekend includes a guided naturalist tour of the Ocmulgee River, beginner canoe instruction, bluegrass music, BBQ dinner, and a fantastic fire-pit!
On Saturday, participants will paddle from Dykes Landing (river landing 6) north of Hawkinsville and will end at Mile Branch Park (river landing 8). This is a 13 mile paddle through easy moving currently that will include breaks on the many sandbars along the paddle.
On Sunday, the paddle will begin at Mile Branch Park and end at Sandy Hammock (river landing 9). This is a 14-mile paddle through easy moving current that will include several breaks. The sandbars between Mile Branch Park and Sandy Hammock are few and far between. However, we will take request breaks including a longer stop for lunch.
For paddlers exhausted from the previous days paddle, we will offer an early takeout after an 8 mile paddle at a private landing not available to the public.
Prices include all accommodations listed below
Day paddlers: does not include overnight camping or canoe rental*
- $30 per person (2 days of shuttle support, a naturalist guided paddle, bluegrass concert)
Campers: includes 2 days of shuttle support, a naturalist guided paddle, two wholesome and delicious dinners, bluegrass concert, camping reservations at Mile Branch Park
- $75 per person
BBQ Dinner: if you’re local to Hawkinsville, or just want to come for dinner around the campfire, come join us! (if interested in attending, please RSVP by email and bring cash or check to the event to pay for food)
- $10 per plate
*Price does not include canoe or kayak. You can register for a canoe when you register for the trip. A spot in a canoe for the weekend is $25 per person or $50 for a full boat. Pre-purchasing is suggested.
*Paddle Your Children ... down the river with the Georgia Conservancy
New in 2016: Children 14 and under register for FREE on select Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Trips
- Children must be 14 and under
- Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
- All children must have a signed waiver from their legal guardian
- Boat rental and meals not included. Camping Only.
- Does not include our Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs.
- One adult for every two children.
When completing registration add your children’s names and ages under Question #1.
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Dates: January 8-10, 2016
*Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.
Capacity: 100 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.
Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Manager, and Bryan Schroeder, Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Stewardship and Outreach
Hosts: Greg Bates
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Basic canoe instruction, basic camping skills, flora and fauna identification, Ocmulgee history, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals
Challenge level/difficulty/fitness required: All participants must have basic paddling skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to Hawkinsville. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. 2 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancelations.
What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:
Click here to view photos from the 2014 Ocmulgee Water Trail Paddle
The Ocmulgee River Paddle is one of our twelve Heartland Rivers of Georgia trips featuring camping, paddling and stewardship in south and central Georgia. The series brings to light conservation efforts, economic development and recreational opportunities on the Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, Satilla, Savannah and Yellow rivers, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge.
Largely unknown to the Georgia outdoor enthusiast, Georgia’s heartland rivers are a treasure trove of unparalleled natural beauty and recreation opportunity just a short drive from home.
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Contact Stewardship Coordinator, Ben Fowler, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 876-2900 ext. 111 anytime for questions or details concerning trips or planning your own adventures around Georgia.