September 29 - october 1

Ocmulgee Water Trails Paddle
Hawkinsville, GA

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Canoeing AssociationHawkinsville 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 (depending on river levels).

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.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on the Ocmulgee: Sweet Grass Dairy, American Spirit Whiskey, Sweetwater Brewing Company, and Cafe Campesino Coffee



It’s time for a good ole fashioned backcountry camp meeting.

In conjunction with the paddle, the Georgia Conservancy is issuing an invitation for a riverside “tent revival.” 

On Saturday evening, September 30, join the Georgia Conservancy and friends on the riverbank at Mile Branch Park in Hawkinsville for a conservation revival and BBQ. Our "tent revivals" are a chance to renew, reframe and explore what it means to love Georgia's great outdoors in 2017 - this time with special guests who hold a close relationship to the Ocmulgee River.

Guests are invited to join the Georgia Conservancy at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments, good conversation and live music. Dinner, Grassroots Farms pulled pork BBQ and sides, will be served around 7 p.m. After dinner, special guests will make a presentation about the impact that the Ocmulgee River has had on their lives and the importance of including folks from all communities and backgrounds in the effort to conserve Georgia's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy will then open the floor to others to speak about their relationship with the river: what's gone, what’s at stake and what we can do to protect the Ocmulgee that we know today. Testimonials are encouraged.

The cost of the BBQ is covered in the price for paddlers. It's $5 per person for non-paddling guests. Please register below. 

Trip Price: Weekend Paddle & Camp (Tent Revival included) - $150, Day Paddle Pass - $50, Saturday Night Tent Revival BBQ - $5 per person.  *Canoes not included in price, please add canoe while registering below.

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice-Intermediate due to significant mileage of paddle route.

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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members at 5 PM on May 15 and to the General Public at 5 PM on May 17

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 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.

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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 or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at