The Night before our launch:
If you can make it. We all meet at Traders Hill Campground and camp among huge and beautiful Live Oak Tree's. Traders Hill has showers and a pavilion where we can cook up a storm. Traders Hill is approximately 15 minute drive to the Canal.
We will begin our paddle Friday morning, launching at the Suwanee Canal Recreational Area. This Canal was dug during the late 1800's in an attempt to drain the swamp to make way for sugarcane and cotton fields. Due to it's openess and width, you will likely get the honor of seeing gators basking in the sun on fallen logs or even swimming among us. Wait, What?! YUP!
From there, we head North to camp upon the most desirable of platforms in the swamp - Round Top. Upon arriving we will pitch our tents directly on the platform as we watch the sun set from a 360 degree view of Chase Prairie. Then settle in for one incredibly peaceful night under the stars, weather permitting of course! Bring your fishin' poles, cause here at this site the fishing is said to be superb! 12 miles total. Coffee Bay day use shelter provides both a means to stretch the legs at around a half way point as well as a 'bathroom' break!
The next day prepare yourself for yet another beautiful and leisurely paddle, traversing East through to the other end of Chase Prairie to the Canal Run platform. It is only 8 miles total to dock at camp for the night. This platform is attached to land, therefore campfires are permitted - and we WILL be having one! Here you have a tree line behind you to break the wind and with a little luck from Mother Nature, another clear view of the stars above!
On our third and last day of paddling, we will head South East for an easy 10 mile journey back to our cars, navigating the same way we came in through the thick layers of Spanish Moss hanging from the trees. This gives us a chance to spend the day exploring, taking our time - enjoying the mirrored reflections the swamp's iconic blackened waters provide. Once again, we pass Coffee Bay day use shelter for a halfway point snack and stretch!
For those who would like to participate, we will set up in a very quite place along the swamp and record our Trust The Trail Podcast with you as our guests.
Kayak, PDF, Paddles are included in this trip.
GEAR - this is really like backpacking, but you have to put everything in a kayak instead. Good News! You do NOT have to carry the Kayak on your back.
cooking set / fuel
rope to hang food headlamp / extra batteries
durable rope to tie your boat to dock – must be at least 5 to 7ft
suitable dry bags – at least three bags per person (for your sleeping bag, clothing, food)
portable urination dispenser, if desired though not required
first aid kit – additional bug spray, anti itch, benedryl and sting relief recommended
one pair long pants
one pair long johns / warm bottoms to sleep in one short sleeve shirt
two long sleeve shirt
down jacket / or warm jacket – expect chilly nights rain jacket - REQUIRED
rain pants - OPTIONAL
water shoes / or sandles for while in the boat lightweight sandles /or camp shoes for the evenings underwear / socks / etc
NOTE: the inside of your Kayak is gonna get wet. With the evenings anticipated to get chilly, keeping at least one pair of dry clothing will be essential! PLEASE make sure they are in a waterproof bag. Even doubling up 2 garbage bags would work.
FOOD and WATER
3 LUNCHES – keep lunches and snacks accessible for easy access
3 DINNERS – Traders Hill Campground and 2 nights of platform camping
SNACKS sufficient enough for 3 full days
IMPORTANT: THE SWAMP HAS NO POTTALBE WATER AND FILTERING SWAMP WATER ISN'T GOING TO WORK. YOU MUST BRING ONE GALLON OF DRINKING WATER PER PERSON PER DAY. NO EXCEPTIONS.
TOWARDS THE END OF MARCH UNIQUELY BRINGS THE BEGINNING OF SPRING FEVER IN THE SWAMP! Alligators are often more active in preparation for mating season therefore your chances to see them greatly increase! Be certain to pack those cameras, as you won't want to miss an opportunity to boast about all the wildlife your encounter! Additional wildlife abundant to the area are river otters, water turkey, great blue heron, great egret, barred owl and a multitude of frogs, just to name a few. Chances are you'll experience just about every one of these this time of year!
We will hang our food, just as we do in the Wilderness, as raccoon and other wildlife do inhabit the swamp.
PRICE IS $340 PER PERSON w/KAYAK RENTAL
*PRICE IS $265 PER PERSON WITHOUT KAYAK RENTAL *must be able to carry enough gear for 3 days.
- Campground Tent site Fees for one night (Traders Hill Campground the night before)
- Okefenokee Swamp ALL Permit & Parking Fees
- Kayak or Canoe Rental Fees, Paddle and PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
- Overnight Platform Camping for 2 nights in Remote areas of The Okefenokee Swamp
- Breakfasts Included
- Experienced WFR Guided Service (Wilderness First Responder)
- Trip Itinerary PFD's and Gear Lists
- 4 years of Guided experience in the Okefenokee Swamp
- Ecological Diversity and Wildlife Observation