One of Georgia’s 14 Major Watersheds, the Ochlockonee Flows from GA to FL

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Ochlockonee River. Photo by the Georgia Conservancy

The Ochlockonee watershed is one of Georgia’s 14 Major watersheds. One of Georgia’s 14. The Ochlockonee originates in Worth County, Georgia, just south of Sylvester and flows 190 miles south and southwest through the Florida Panhandle, where it then empties into the Gulf of Mexico at Ochlockonee Bay. Read an Ochlockonee River Paddling Guide

See all of Georgia’s 14 Major Watersheds

Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Ogeechee, Satilla, Savannah, St Marys, Suwannee, Tallapoosa, Tennessee

The Ochlockonee Watershed System

The Ochlockonee River originates in Worth County, Georgia, at an elevation of 420 feet. It flows 190 miles south and southwest past Thomasville, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida, into Lake Talquin. From Lake Talquin, it flows in a westerly semicircle to enter the Gulf of Mexico at an easterly direction through Ochlockonee Bay. The watershed totals 2,677 square miles. Principle tributaries of the Ochlockonee are the Little Ochlockonee River, Tired Creek, Little River, Telogia Creek and Crooked River.

How the Ochlockonee Got Its Name

Ochlockonee is Hitchiti Indian for “yellow water” from the Hitchiti oki,

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