Formed by the South, Yellow and Alcovy rivers, the Ocmulgee River flows south through central Georgia where it meets the Oconee River just past Lumber City. The confluence of these two long rivers creates the Altamaha River, known as Georgia’s “Little Amazon” for its immense basin.
These three rivers constitute one of the eastern United States’ largest watersheds and are home to some of Georgia’s rarest species.
Join the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Canoeing Association for an educational weekend of paddling, camping and exploring the history and ecology of Georgia's three Heartland rivers, the Ocmulgee, Oconee and Altamaha. (Register here).
Participants will meet at Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center near Hazlehurst on Friday evening. Following dinner and a brief presentation by the Georgia Conservancy, we will set up camp for the night at the Towns Bluff Park campgrounds.
Ocmulgee River and Altamaha River – 14 miles – Canoe and kayak appropriate.
On Saturday morning, we will shuttle our boats to Lumber City where we will begin our paddle down the smooth and slow Ocmulgee River. Paddlers will enjoy the picturesque oak forests draped with Spanish moss and beautiful sandy beaches that flank each bend of the river. After approximately 10 miles on the river, we will paddle through the confluence of the Oconee and the Ocmulgee and into the mighty Altamaha. After an additional four miles, we will paddle into Towns Bluff to unwind with an evening cookout and live bluegrass music.
Altamaha River – 9 miles – Canoe and kayak appropriate
On Sunday, we will paddle from Towns Bluff Park to Grey’s Landing, nine miles south on the Altamaha. We will see remnants of an abandoned barge, the beautiful beaches of Half Moon Sandbar and the high bluffs of McNatt’s Falls. After the paddle, we will be shuttled back to Towns Bluff Park.
The Georgia Conservancy has reserved all of Towns Bluff Park for camping on the nights of the 20th and 21st, but space is limited, so be sure to register early to guarantee your spot.
A limited amount of camping gear (sleep bags, sleeping pads and tents) is available for rent from the Georgia Conservancy, free of charge.
Canoe rental is $25 per person. A canoe can be reserved during online registration. Rental fee includes the cost of a personal flotation device (PFD) and paddle.
The Georgia Conservancy will provide dinners on Friday and Saturday night for guests who purchase meals. Please bring your own breakfast and lunch. If you want food Friday and Saturday select the discounted "meal plan".
We can accommodate any reasonable food preparation request.
Overnight - $65
Overnight Couple - $115
Overnight Family (4 or more) - $175
Day Pass (no overnight accomodations) - $30
Add Canoe - $25 per person
Add Friday Meal - $10
Add Saturday Meal - $10
Add Meal plan - $15
Add shirt - $20
Georgia Conservancy members receive $10 off of final cost.
The Three Rivers Paddle is one of our nine Heartland Rivers of Georgia trips featuring camping, paddling and stewardship in south and central Georgia. The series brings to light conservation efforts, economic development and recreational opportunities on the Flint, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha and Savannah rivers.
Largely unknown to the Georgia outdoor enthusiast, Georgia’s heartland rivers are a treasure trove of unparalleled natural beauty and recreation opportunity just a short drive from home.
Make sure you read the FAQ's about the Georgia Conservancy's trip program before registration:
REGISTER HERE: https://donationpay.org/georgiaconservancy/threerivers2013.php