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Ochlockonee River Paddle

April 7, 2017
4:00 pm
Thomasville, GA

Pack up your paddles, we are headed to deep southwest Georgia to explore the relatively uncharted waters of one of Georgia's most mysterious rivers.

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Canoeing Association, Sweet Grass Dairy, and Chuck Winchester on April 7-9 for a paddle on the Ochlockonee River near Thomasville, GA. The paddle will start at the boat ramp off Egg and Butter Road and explore the blackwater swamp features of the Ochlockonee River. We will paddle approx. 6 miles exploring the Ochlockonee's many small lakes, oxbows and side cuts. Paddlers will enjoy live oak, Spanish moss and cypress trees. The paddle may begin and end at the same boat ramp due to unpassable debris in our route.

Thanks to our friend/trip host Chuck Winchester, who will be offering his chefs skills to cook us up a Friday dinner meal and breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday at Camp Pineywoods. Camp Pineywoods is a rustic, boy-scout campground with very modest bathroom amenities and a full kitchen. The camp is centrally located between the river put-in and take-out, dairy farm and cheese shop.

Saturday before we start the paddle, participants will "rally up" at the Sweet Grass Dairy for a tour and cheese sampling at the award-winning Georgia-grown artisanal dairy. After a picnic lunch we will drive a short distance away to start our river paddle.

After our paddle on the river is complete, Ochlockonee Paddle guests are welcome to join us for an evening of beer and cheese at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in Downtown Thomasville.

A huge thank you to the staff at the Sweet Grass Dairy for their support in planning this trip!

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on Cumberland Island: Sweet Grass Dairy, SweetWater Brewing Company, ASW Distillery and Cafe Campesino Roastery.

Trip Price: Saturday Paddle - $50 (does not include canoe rental); Two Nights Camping - $10

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice to Intermediate (due to unpredictable conditions, narrow passages, and river debris)

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