Suwannee River EcoLodge & Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Join the Georgia Conservancy for a weekend exploration of one of the most beautiful places in Georgia: the Okefenokee Swamp. Guests will have the opportunity to paddle the mysterious tea-colored water of the Okefenokee with esteemed naturalist Cathy Sakas and learn about the natural wonders and fascinating cultural history found in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
Our headquarters for the weekend will be the Suwannee River Eco-lodge. The Eco-Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, west of the Refuge and just north of the Suwannee River, and is managed by the fine folks at the Stephen C. Foster State Park. The Eco-Lodge is a conference center with a commercial kitchen, meeting room and 10 cottages each in a beautiful, natural, private location. There will be no other guests at the Eco-Lodge besides us!
Friday: Guests arrive at the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge for an evening of relaxation, dinner and short presentations. Check-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Suwannee River Eco-Lodge in Fargo, GA. In the past, guests will have had to rush to make it into the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Stephen C. Foster State Park before the gates closed at 11:00 p.m. - this will no longer be an issue!
Saturday: We will caravan into the Refuge to Stephen C. Foster State Park where we will embark on our paddle to Billy's Island and Minnie's Lake to learn about the human history and ecology of the Okefenokee. We will also learn about fire ecology of the Okefenokee from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Sunday: We will return to Stephen C. Foster where we paddle north to Mixon's Hammock.
The Okefenokee contains many types of habitat – islands, lakes, cypress forests, scrub-shrub areas and open ‘wet’ prairies. In November, migrating sandhill cranes should be arriving and the occasional bald eagle will be heading south to Florida for the winter. Cypress needles will be turning a golden brown and sweetgum will be glowing red before floating to the ground. As we canoe through the Okefenokee, keep a lookout for alligators, deer, white ibis, herons, egrets and maybe even a black bear.
We've hosted the Okefenokee Adventure for many years - this will be our fifth time hosting this trip at the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge.
In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our Okefenokee Adventure: Sweetwater Brewing Company (Atlanta), American Spirit Whiskey (Atlanta), Montane Sparkling Water (Hamilton) and Cafe Campesino Coffee (Americus).
Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's long history of working to protect the Okefenokee Wilderness
By participating in one of our Stewardship Trips, you are helping to support our year-round and statewide advocacy for the protection and conservation of Georgia's natural resources.
Trip Price: All accommodations are at the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge. Camping: $155; Cabin (Individual): $225; Cabin (Double): $450; Cabin (Family): $550. Day Paddle Option: $50 *Canoe/Kayak rental not included in price.
If you would like a canoe, please see registration below.
If you would like to rent a kayak, please click this link.
Price includes Friday and Saturday dinners. Please bring breakfasts and lunch.
Recommended Experience Levels: Novice
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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on August 16 at 5 PM and to the General Public on August 19 at 5 PM
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 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. If you have any questions, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Clark Harrison at email@example.com.
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 Okefenokee Adventure Weekend is one of the Georgia Conservancy's Bucket List Trips. Our Bucket List Trips are once-in-a-lifetime journeys that include adventures in the Cohutta Wilderness, Okefenokee Wilderness, Blackbeard Island Wilderness, on Cabretta Beach on Sapelo Island, Cloudland Canyon, Jekyll Island, Cumberland Island and on the Conasauga River.
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 Clark Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.