Catch GA’s Mulberry River at Favorable Water Levels for a Pleasant Kayaking Trip

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The Mulberry River. Photo by Farmer South

The Mulberry River is a small stream that flows into the Middle Oconee River northwest of Athens. Originating in Hall County, the river flows to the southwest, dividing Jackson and Barrow Counties. The Mulberry River kayaking gradient is gentle and there are no significant rapids as it drains the surrounding pastoral terrain.

Get an Overview of the Altamaha River Watershed where Mulberry River is located.

USGS and County Maps for Mulberry River Kayaking

Winder North, Jefferson (USGS); Jackson, Barrow (County)

From GA 11 to GA 82 on the Middle Oconee

TRIP SUMMARY

Class: I; Length: 8.7 miles; Time: 6 hours; Gauge: None; Level: N/A; Gradient: 5 feet per mile; Scenery: C+

DESCRIPTION

A small stream, the Mulberry must be caught at a favorable water level to make Mulberry River kayaking pleasant. Deadfalls are frequent and at high water create potentially hazardous strainers. On the other hand, the stream is sometimes too low to run at all. Wait for periods of moderate to heavy rainfall and be prepared to avoid debris clogging the streambed. The best access for canoeing is from Hancock Bridge Road to the GA 82 bridge over the Middle Oconee.

The Mulberry River kayaking scenery is not dramatic, but it is pleasing to the eye. Hardwood forests alternate with pastures that at times lack adequate buffer vegetation. The concentration of large-scale chicken farms on this section is noticeably lower than on other rivers in the area.

SHUTTLE

The final take-out on the Middle Oconee is on GA 82 south of Jefferson. To the highest put-in at GA 11, continue south on GA 82 to a right turn onto GA 330, to a right turn onto GA 211 and a final right onto GA 11. Intermediate access is available at Hancock Bridge Road, which is reached by turning right onto Pleasant Hill Church Road from GA 211.

GAUGE

There is no gauge. Visually scout the stream’s flow from the access points.

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This Mulberry River kayaking guide is adapted from Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia by Suzanne Welander and Bob Sehlinger and published here in cooperation with Menasha Ridge Press. Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia covers thousands of miles of Georgia waterways from whitewater to wilderness swamps and everything in between. It’s an indispensable guide to anyone interested in paddling Georgia’s rivers and streams. Order directly from Menasha Ridge Press. See a comprehensive list of other Menasha outdoor publications indexed by title, author, category, and region.

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