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Ogeechee River Paddle & Ossabaw Tour

May 5, 2017
3:00 pm
Fort McAllister State Historic Park

For the weekend of May 5-7, join the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Canoeing Association, Georgia State Parks and the Ossabaw Island Foundation for a paddle down the beautiful blackwater Ogeechee River, a tour of historic Ossabaw Island and two-nights at Ft. McAllister State Park.

On Saturday, we will paddle 12 miles on the stunning Ogeechee River from Morgan's Bridge to the Savannah Ogeechee Canal, retiring 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, we will charter a boat with Bull River Cruises to Ossabaw Island and host a full island exploration of historic and beautiful Ossabaw - including the beach and the historic buildings! The Ossabaw Island Tour is only available to individuals participating in Saturday's paddle.

From the Ossabaw Island Foundation: Ossabaw Island, on the Georgia coast, contains 26,000 acres of maritime forest, tidal wetlands and wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. It is an unspoiled place set aside by the State of Georgia as a heritage preserve for natural, scientific and cultural study, and research and education. It's only 20 minutes by boat from Savannah, yet it's worlds apart. Ossabaw Island is where loggerhead sea turtles and endangered wood storks nest; where students learn research techniques and the value of an unspoiled place; where historic cultures are studied; and where photographers, writers, painters and musicians find inspiration.

This trip will showcase the relationship between a delicate backwater river and a pristine barrier island and is a rare opportunity to both paddle the Ogeechee and explore Ossabaw over a 2-day period.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on Cumberland Island: Sweet Grass Dairy, Sweetwater Brewing Company, American Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee.

Cost:

Paddle + Camp - $150

Paddle + Cottage - $250

Day Paddle - $50

Ossabaw Island Tour - $50 (for Saturday Paddlers only - lunch included). Prices for the paddle do not include canoe or kayak rental, which can be made through SouthEast Adventures.

Fort McAllister State Historic Park

3894 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill, GA
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