Sea kayaking Georgia’s coast 12 months a year

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The southeast with its mild temperatures and the user-friendly coastlines of South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida, is a region where sea kayakers can enjoy the activity year ‘round. Here are Georgia coastal islands and Okefenokee Swamp sea kayak venues on the Georgia coast along with the outfitters who can create memorable paddling adventures.

Cumberland, One of Georgia Coastal Islands

Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the southern tip of Georgia, Cumberland is the largest of Georgia’s 16 barrier islands. It consists of three major ecosystems: salt marshes, a maritime forest, and the beach, which stretches for over 18 miles. Cumberland was designated a National Seashore in 1972. Read more aboutCumberland Island

Outfitters who serve Cumberland Island

Southeast Adventure Outfitters

The Altamaha BioReserve

The 137-mile alluvial Altamaha River is one of the great natural treasures of the eastern United States. It flows undammed from its creation at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers near Hazlehurst, Georgia, to the multi-channel river delta near Darien. Crossed by roads only five times, the largely undisturbed river pumps an average of 100,000 gallons of fresh water into the sea every second, making it Georgia’s mightiest river. 170,000 acres of river swamps insulate the river almost the entire length of its course. The river, swamps, and sand ridges serve as a refuge to at least 130 species of rare or endangered plants and animals, including seven species of freshwater mussels found nowhere else in the world; Radford dicerandra, a rare species of mint; and the only known Georgia population of Florida corkwood. Read more about the Altamaha River

Outfitters who serve the Altamaha BioReserve

Altamaha Watershed

Okefenokee Swamp

The Okefenokee is the largest “blackwater” swamp in North America. Although folklore and many references state that the word, “okefenokee,” is a Native American word, meaning,”land of trembling earth,” it is actually the anglicization of the Itsate Creek Indian words, oka fenoke, which mean “water- shaking.” The swamp was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The Okefenokee Swamp is home to many wading birds, including herons, egrets, ibises, cranes, and bitterns, though populations fluctuate with seasons and water levels. The swamp also hosts numerous woodpecker and songbird species. Okefenokee is famous for its amphibians and reptiles such as toads, frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes, and an abundance of American alligators. It is also a critical habitat for the Florida black bear. Read more about the Okefenokee Swamp

Outfitters who operate in the Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee Adventures

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