Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
November 10, 2024-November 16, 2024

Join Earth Spirit Naturalist Guides into the heart of wild South Georgia. In this excursion, you will embark on a multi-day canoe trip in the largest blackwater swamp in North America! The 440,000 acre Okefenokee Swamps provide stunning scenic and wildlife viewing opportunities. You will have a great chance to encounter American alligators, various wading birds, red-shouldered hawks, turtles, and more! Each day will be filled with adventure and wildlife as you canoe from platform to platform. Paddle through open lily-decked prairies and cypress trees decorated in Spanish moss. View stunning sunsets then be serenaded by barred owls as you fall asleep in your tent under the stars. After our swamp trip, we will explore one of Georgia’s coastal islands such as Jekyll or Cumberland Island. This is the adventure of a lifetime!

Nights not spent in the Okefenokee Wilderness will be spent at the Okefenokee Pastimes Campground.


Expedition Overview

Multi-Day Okefenokee Swamp Paddle Trip

This is the primary component of the trip.  The first three or four days will consist of a back-country multi-day paddle trip in the Okefenokee Wilderness, depending on which platforms/camp locations we are able to secure a permit for.

*Overnight permits can only be secured two months in advance, so the exact route of our paddle trip is tbd, but will for consist of a two or three night paddle trip.  The paddling distance can average 7-10 miles per day, at a very slow, wildlife viewing pace!*

We will begin our journey at the main entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, GA.  There we will paddle along the Suwannee Canal to our destination for the first night, which will be at one of the several platforms located in the swamp’s interior.  During the paddle, we will have great wildlife viewing opportunities of American alligators, wading birds, and more.

Experience the heart of wild South Georgia in the greatest way possible!

Georgia Coastal Island Trip

The day after our Okefenokee Canoe Trip, you will be drive by Earth Spirit staff to one of Georgia’s coastal islands!  Whether it is taking the ferry to Cumberland Island, or staying at Jekyll Island, you will explore beaches and Georgia’s wonderful costal ecology!

Anticipated Trip Timeline

Day 1:  Arrival to JAX airport, pickup from ES staff and transportation to Okefenokee Pastimes Campground, dinner and Guest Presentation from Chip Campbell. Night spent at Okefenokee Pastimes

Day 2:  Multi-Day Okefenokee Paddle Trip Day 1

Day 3: Multi-Day Okefenokee Paddle Trip Day 2

Day 4: Multi-Day Okefenokee Paddle Trip Day 3

Day 5: Multi-Day Okefenokee Paddle Trip Day 4 (return paddle) / Stephen C. Foster State Park Day Trip. Night spent at Okefenokee Pastimes

Day 6: Day trip to coastal island.  Night spent at Okefenokee Pastimes

Day 7: Drop off at Jax airport.

Trip Leaders

Daniel Mlodozeniec
Instructor, Trip Leader

Jon Roth
Instructor, Trip Leader

Guest Speaker

Chip Campbell
Okefenokee Naturalist and Guide










Travel

Earth Spirit will be prepared to pick up all guests from the Jacksonville International Airport (Florida) on November 10th and will return guests to the airport on November 16th. All transportation to, in and around Georgia will be provided by Earth Spirit, however guests will have to arrange transportation to Jacksonville, Florida themselves.

Please do not make final travel arrangements before contacting Earth Spirit! Specific flight timings are required.

Accommodations

During the multi-day canoe trip, we will be tent camping on platforms/islands in the Okefenokee Swamp.  Tents will be provided.  Sleeping bags, pads, and pillows will not be provided and can be rented from Okefenokee Adventures.

www.okeswamp.org

All other nights will be spent tent camping at the Okefenokee Pastimes Campground.  There are showers, bathrooms, and washing machines at this campground.

https://okefenokee.com

Food

Most meals are included in the cost of the trip. Meals will be either prepared by the trip leaders or purchased for guests while on the road or in town.

Meals during the multi-day canoe trip will be cooked and provided by Earth Spirit Staff.

Please make any preferences or allergies known when registering and we will do our best to accommodate.

There may be a couple instances where guests will be on their own for dinner at restaurants (2-3 times) and guests will be made aware of this ahead of time.

Costs & Registration

Costs

  • $1,600.00 per person
  • Registration is limited to 10 participants.
  • Registration minimum is 7 participants.

What's Included

    • guidance and education by experienced Wilderness Trip Leaders
    • local travel
    • most meals (see above)
    • lodging (6 nights)
    • multi-Day Okefenokee paddle trip
    • Georgia coast day trip.
    • Tents for camping
    • Canoes, paddles, PFD’s for overnight trip

What's Not Included

    Not included in the cost of the program…

      • transportation from home to Jacksonville, FL
      • transportation from Jacksonville, FL to home
      • personal clothing/rain gear/gear/toiletries
      • personal camping gear, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, pillow

    Any camping gear you’d like to rent for this trip can be rented through Okefenokee Adventures: https://okeswamp.org/okefenokee-adventures/

      • photographic equipment (other than PhoneSkope adapter)
      • fishing licenses
      • alcohol
      • gratuity for Earth Spirit staff

Registration

To reserve your place on this trip:

  • A $300.00 deposit is due by 09/01/2024
  • The remaining balance is due by 10/01/2024
  • Once minimum registration is reached, the trip is a "go" and deposit(s) are not refundable

Payment

Payment can be made after the Okefenokee Registration Form is filled out, and registrants have spoken with Earth Spirit staff regarding the trip!

Forms and Documents

Contact Us

Daniel Mlodozeniec

716-864-7819
E-mail

Jon Roth

716-796-1387
E-mail

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