MAY 4 - 6

Ogeechee River Paddle & Wormsloe Tour
Fort McAllister State Park, GA

For the weekend of May 4-6, join the Georgia Conservancy for a paddle down the beautiful blackwater Ogeechee River and two-nights at Ft. McAllister State Park. Weekend participants will have the opportunity to join us for a Sunday morning tour Wormsloe State Historic Site

On Friday, weekend paddlers will have the opportunity to stay with us at Fort McAllister State Park (camping & cabin options), enjoying dinner and an evening around the campfire.

On Saturday morning, our shuttle will leave Ft. McAllister State Park to begin our 12 miles on the stunning Ogeechee River from Morgan’s Bridge to the Savannah Ogeechee Canal. After the paddle, we will retire to Fort McAllister State Park for the night.

From the Ogeechee Riverkeeper:  The river system drains over 5,000 square miles of land (known as a watershed or river basin). The Ogeechee River Watershed includes 4 sub-watersheds: Upper Ogeechee, Lower Ogeechee, Ogeechee Coastal and the Canoochee watersheds. The Ogeechee River itself is approximately 245 miles long.

The freshwater streams in this river system are known as blackwater streams due to their dark, tea-colored water. Blackwater streams are really unique and have an interesting ecology. The tannins from the swamps that stain the water the tea-color also make the water more acidic than other streams. This acidity reduces the amount of vegetation that can grow naturally in the rivers, and also affects the mercury uptake by fish.

On Sunday morning, weekend guests will leave Fort McAllister State Park for a guided tour of Savannah's Wormsloe Historic Site.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend: , Sweetwater Brewing CompanyAmerican Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee.

Trip Price:  Ogeechee Paddle + Weekend Camp + Wormsloe Tour - $150; Ogeechee Paddle + Weekend Cottage + Wormsloe Tour – $250; Ogeechee Day Paddle - $50; Friday and Saturday Dinners included for weekend participants. Prices for the paddle do not include canoe or kayak rental. Canoe rental available below. Click here for kayak rental from SouthEast Adventures.

Recommended Experience Levels: Intermediate

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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on February 15 at 5 PM and to the General Public on February 19

Did you know? Georgia Conservancy members have the opportunity to register early for select Stewardship Trips, as well as receive a discount on a number of our adventures during the year. Become a Georgia Conservancy member today, or renew your membership to register on February 15!  Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration and to receive a discount (Live Oak Level and above) when registering for this trip.

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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 promo code, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) will receive a $5 discount (which makes it free) for the Gear Bank Access.

The Ogeechee River Paddle & Ossabaw Island Tour 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 Laura Buckmaster at