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Ocmulgee Paddle and Campout in Hawkinsville

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Canoeing Association, and Hawkinsville Better Hometown and on a two-day river celebration that includes camping, paddling, music and fun on the banks of the Ocmulgee River.

The weekend  includes paddle trips led by a naturalist, beginner canoe instruction, a river cleanup, bluegrass music and a BBQ dinner.


Friday evening registration beings at 5 PM at Mile Branch Park
Satuday morning canoe and kayak shuttles leave Mile Branch Park at 9 AM.

Saturday evening program and dinner begins at 6 PM


Paddle rates start at $25 per person and packaged rates start at $50 for camping Friday and Saturday night. Bluegrass is free and local folks are invited to join us for BBQ on Saturday evening for $10 a plate.

Price includes transportation, guided tour, riverside cookout Friday night and BBQ dinner for Saturday night. Price does not include canoe or kayak. You can register for a canoe when you register for the trip. Pre-purchasing is suggested. Details to follow.

Day paddlers (2 days of shuttle support, a naturalist guided paddle, BBQ dinner, bluegrass concert, and a Georgia Conservancy membership):

$25 per person
$35 per couple
$50 per family

Campers: (2 days of shuttle support, a naturalist guided paddle, riverside cookout (Friday) BBQ dinner (Saturday), bluegrass concert, camping & equipment if needed, and Georgia Conservancy membership)

$50 per person
$80 per couple
$150 per family

BBQ Dinner - $10


Mile Branch Landing / Hawkinsville - Pulaski County Riverfront Park

A beautiful 24-acre riverfront park offering water access points and opportunities for hiking, camping and environmental education.  Mile Branch Landing was created through a partnership with Hawkinsville Better Hometown and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.

Includes bathrooms, shower house, walking trails and river access.


We will start each shuttle at Mile Branch Park in Hawkinsville at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday's paddle will be from Mile Branch Boat Landing in Hawkinsville to Sandy Hammock in Hawkinsville (Pulaski County) - almost in Wilcox County (14 Miles).

We will do a shorter 5-6 mile paddle on Sunday using a private landing.

We will explore over 20 miles of the new "Ocmulgee Blueway” before this paddle is over.

The river conditions are appropriate for paddlers of all abilities. Please bring a watercraft suitable for a 14 mile paddle. If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Schroeder at [masked].

Afternoon and Evening Events:

Starting at 6 p.m. the Georgia Conservancy will host a free evening of bluegrass on the banks of the Ocmulgee. BBQ will be available for $10 a plate and includes a drink.

Concluding the Saturday evening festivities, Rivers Alive and the Georgia Canoeing Association will hold a conversation around the campfire, presenting their vision for the Ocmulgee Blueway.

Ocmulgee Blueway Celebration is one of nine Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series, created in partnership with the Georgia Canoeing Association, local civic groups and boards of tourism. Our goal is to introduce families from across the state to the unparalleled natural beauty and recreational opportunities of Georgia’s Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee and Savannah rivers.

Largely unknown to the Georgia outdoor enthusiast these rivers are a treasure trove of unparalleled natural beauty and recreational opportunity just a short drive from home.

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  • Lisa I.

    Awesome! Thanks Bryan for another great trip! Fantastic people and a wonderful paddle.

    November 12, 2013

  • Ginny H

    Great time! Wonderful group! Thanks Brian :)

    November 4, 2013

  • Ginny H

    Loved this adventure. Great group of people! Can't wait to see everyone again and paddle. Thanks to Brian For putting this al together and arranging the fine music.

    November 3, 2013

  • Howard H.

    Great! So many nice people, and the Mile Branch to Sandy Hammock paddle was fun. The music and food was great. Loved the artisan cheeses. Thanks for the extra effort on all the extras. Can't wait to look at my 250-plus photos. The host and fellow attendees were so nice and friendly.

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Ginny H

    I am running late I should be there in about an hour

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Ginny H

    Hi Bryan - I am gluten intolerant ( have problems with wheat rye barley). Will I have a problem eating fri or sat meals?

    October 26, 2013

  • Sonia H.

    Bryan, I just re-sent an important question to your E-mail account. I have some decisions to make, so if you could please reply that would be great! Thanks!!

    October 26, 2013

  • Kathi

    Looking forward to it

    October 17, 2013

  • Kathi

    Looking forward to it

    October 17, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Ooops. Had the prices wrong above ... the deal is even better: Day paddle rates start at $25 per person and packaged rates start at $50 for camping Friday and Saturday night.

    September 4, 2013

    • Anne B.

      i keep forgetting that...sorry

      September 4, 2013

    • Ginny H

      Hi Brian-Emailed you a question.

      October 4, 2013

  • Howard H.

    I registered at the Georgia Consernacy site for two to camp, paddle, eat BBQ. Bringing my 14-ft travel trailer/camper and 21-year old 16-ft royalex(R) Mad River Explorer canoe.

    1 · September 11, 2013

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