Okefenokee is the largest peat-based “blackwater” swamp in North America. The swamp remains one of the oldest and most well preserved freshwater areas in America and extends 38 miles north to south and 25 miles east to west. It is home to many wading birds, such as herons, egrets, ibises, cranes and bitterns, though populations fluctuate with water levels. Okefenokee is famous for its abundant American alligators and it is a critical habitat for Florida black bear.
Okefenokee is a vast bog inside a huge, saucer-shaped depression that was once part of the ocean floor. Peat deposits, up to 15 feet thick, cover much of the swamp floor. These deposits are so unstable in spots that one can cause trees and surrounding bushes to tremble by stomping the surface. In fact, Okefenokee is a European rendition of the Indian words meaning “land of the trembling earth.”
The slow-moving waters of the Okefenokee are tea-colored from the tannic acid released by decaying vegetation. The principle outlet of the swamp, the Suwanee River, originates in the heart of the Okefenokee and drains southwest into the Gulf of Mexico. The swamp’s southeastern drainage to the Atlantic Ocean is the St. Mary’s River, which forms the boundary between Georgia and Florida.
The swamp contains numerous islands and lakes, along with vast areas of non-forested terrain. Prairies cover about 60,000 acres of the swamp. Once forested, these expanses of marsh were created during periods of severe drought when fires burned out vegetation and the top layers of peat.
This trip is suited for all levels. Recreational kayaks are used. The trip initiates at the Okefenokee boat ramp and continues into the prairie. This waterway is protected from the elements making this trip great even on windy days.
Included with you trip you can enjoy lunch on a floating platform surrounded by the other inhabitants of the swamp. A typical lunch will include Lunch meat sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, granola bar, and cookie. Water will also be provided. We can accommodate special requests or dietary restrictions if needed. (No Alcohol is served on day trips.) Enjoy lunch on a floating platform surrounded by the other inhabitants of the swamp.
Okefenokee Swamp has a gift shop near the boat dock. Additional spending money is recommended. You will need to arrange all pre and post lodging and meals for your trip. Gratuities are not included in the price of the adventure. Do not bring valuables. Guides will carry a waterproof bag for your convenience. A small amount of money may be useful for souvenirs or snacks at the end of journey back in the shop. ATM or bank access will not be available during the trip.
$100/person includes lunch