2017 Save The date - November 3 - 5

Okefenokee Adventure
Suwannee River EcoLodge & Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge


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' Suwannee 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!

Trip Price: TBD

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice

Trip Snapshot Details: 

Stewardship Trips FAQs: Click here to learn more and for a downloadable .pdf

*DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


REGISTER BELOW *

*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on August 15 to the General Public on August 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 Alexis Torres at atorres@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.

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.



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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 Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org