Okefenokee Adventure


Okefenokee Adventure

Join the Georgia Conservancy for a weekend exploration of two of the most beautiful places in Georgia: the Okefenokee Swamp and the Suwannee River Narrows. Guests will have the opportunity to paddle the mysterious tea-colored water of the Okefenokee with esteemed naturalist Cathy Sakas. We’ll spend the weekend on the west side of the Okefenokee at the Georgia State Parks' Suwanne River Eco-lodge and venture out during the day to learn about the natural wonders and fascinating cultural history found in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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 and Suwannee Narrows, keep a lookout for alligators, deer, white ibis, herons, egrets and maybe even a black bear.

We've hosted the Okefenokee Adventures for many years - this will be our second time hosting this trip at the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge.

The Eco-Lodge:
The Eco-Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, 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!

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 Wildlife Refuge and Georgia State Park before the gates closed at 11:00 p.m. - this will no longer be an issue!


Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's long history of working to protect the Okefenokee Wilderness

Activities include:

  • A Saturday paddle on Minnie’s Lake Run and a hike and tour of historic Billy's Island
  • A Sunday paddle on the Suwannee River Narrows to the Suwanne River Sill
  • Family-friendly activities designed for all ages
  • Live music
  • Fishing (but bring own tackle, gear and license)
  • And much more!


Weekend Trip Prices: Price includes two evening meals, a guided tour through the Okefenokee and Suwannee Narrows, dinners, complementary gear bank access and live music.

Camping:
At the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge, we will host “free range” camping that does not include any RV hook ups. Guests will have 24-hr access to bathrooms and kitchen. $150 per person, $300 double, $400 per family of four

Cabin Lodging:
Cabins include private bedrooms, pillows, linens, sheets, a screened porch, bathroom and full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and kitchen table.
$225 per person (double occupancy – we will pair same gender roommates if you're coming solo), $450 per couple (single occupancy), $550 per family of four (sharing cabin room with two beds)


Canoe rental:
Canoe rental is provided by Stephen C. Foster State Park $25 per person, per weekend spot in a canoe, $50 per canoe (we will pair paddlers if coming solo)

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on Sapelo Island include: Sweet Grass Dairy cheese, Sweetwater Brewing Company beer, and Cafe Campesino coffee.

REI Gear Bank - Participants have access to GC's REI Gear Bank (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) on this trip for a fee of $5. Using your member ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) have FREE access to the GC REI Gear Bank.


Membership Discounts -
A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.

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 Alexis Torres at atorres@gaconservancy.org.

The Okefenokee Adventure 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, Okenenokee Wilderness, Blackbeard Island Wilderness, Cabretta Beach on Sapelo Island, on Cumberland Island and at Cloudland Canyon.


GEORGIA CONSERVANCY MEMBERSHIP

Throughout our nearly 50-year history, we have relied on our members for support. It is thanks to this support that we have accomplished goals such as protecting Sweetwater Creek State Park, Okefenokee Swamp Wilderness Area, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and thousands of acres of private forests, fields and wetlands, efforts that have helped shape Georgia as we know it. Become a member of the Georgia Conservancy today!

Contact Stewardship Coordinator, Ben Fowler, at bfowler@georgiaconservancy.org or (404) 876-2900 ext. 111 anytime for questions or details concerning trips or planning your own adventures around Georgia.