For the weekend of May 4-6, join the Georgia Conservancy for a paddle down the beautiful blackwater Ogeechee River and two-nights at Ft. McAllister State Park. Weekend participants will have the opportunity to join us for a Sunday morning tour Wormsloe State Historic Site
On Friday, weekend paddlers will have the opportunity to stay with us at Fort McAllister State Park (camping & cabin options), enjoying dinner and an evening around the campfire.
On Saturday morning, our shuttle will leave Ft. McAllister State Park to begin our 12 miles on the stunning Ogeechee River from Morgan’s Bridge to the Savannah Ogeechee Canal. After the paddle, we will retire 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 morning, weekend guests will leave Fort McAllister State Park for a guided tour of Savannah's Wormsloe Historic Site.
Trip Price: Ogeechee Paddle + Weekend Camp + Wormsloe Tour - $150; Ogeechee Paddle + Weekend Cottage + Wormsloe Tour – $250; Ogeechee Day Paddle - $50; Friday and Saturday Dinners included for weekend participants. Prices for the paddle do not include canoe or kayak rental. Canoe rental available via SouthEast Adventures.
In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend: SweetWater Brewing Company, ASW Distillery and Cafe Campesino Roastery coffee.