April 7 - 9

Ochlockonee River Paddle
Thomasville, GA

Pack up your paddles, we are headed to deep southwest Georgia to explore the relatively uncharted waters of one of Georgia’s most mysterious rivers.

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Canoeing Association, Sweet Grass Dairy, and Chuck Winchester on April 7-9 for a paddle on the Ochlockonee River near Thomasville, GA. The paddle will start at the boat ramp off Egg and Butter Road and explore the blackwater swamp features of the Ochlockonee River. We will paddle approx. 6 miles exploring the Ochlockonee’s many small lakes, oxbows and side cuts. Paddlers will enjoy live oak, Spanish moss and cypress trees. The paddle may begin and end at the same boat ramp due to unpassable debris in our route.

Thanks to our friend/trip host Chuck Winchester, who will be offering his chefs skills to cook us up a Friday dinner meal and breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday at Camp Pineywoods. Camp Pineywoods is a rustic, boy-scout campground with very modest bathroom amenities and a full kitchen. The camp is centrally located between the river put-in and take-out, dairy farm and cheese shop.

Saturday before we start the paddle, participants will “rally up” at the Sweet Grass Dairy for a tour and cheese sampling at the award-winning Georgia-grown artisanal dairy. After a picnic lunch we will drive a short distance away to start our river paddle.

After our paddle on the river is complete, Ochlockonee Paddle guests are welcome to join us for an evening of beer and cheese at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in Downtown Thomasville. 

A huge thank you to the staff at the Sweet Grass Dairy for their support in planning this trip!

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on Cumberland Island: Sweet Grass DairySweetwater Brewing CompanyAmerican Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee.

Trip Price: Saturday Paddle - $50 (does not include canoe rental); Tw0 Nights Camping - $10

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice to Intermediate (due to unpredictable conditions, narrow passages, and river debris)

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*Details Are Subject To Change


*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on December 15 and to the General Public on December 19

Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Kelsey McNamara at kmcnamara@gaconservancy.orgAre you adding on a membership with this trip purchase? Use (GCMember) promo code to receive a $5 discount. Adding on a Cambium membership? Use (GCCambium) promo code to receive $10 off your purchase.

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Participants who choose to camp have unlimited access to our REI sponsored Gear Bank which includes tents, sleeping pads, backpacks, and flashlights for a one-time fee of $5.  Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) will receive a $5 discount (which makes it free) for the Gear Bank Access.


The Ochlockonee 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.

Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program


If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org