Ogeechee River

Quick Facts about the River

  • The headwaters are located in the southeastern edge of the Piedmont Province and the basin continues southeastward to the Atlantic Ocean. In the headwaters, the North and South Fork Ogeechee Rivers join to form the Ogeechee River which runs 245 miles in a southeasterly direction.

  • The basin is located entirely in the State of Georgia and drains approximately 5,540 square miles.

  • 13 percent of the basin is wetlands.

  • The Ogeechee River is one of Georgia’s few remaining free flowing streams.

  • The Ogeechee River is the dominant waterbody in the basin, while its principal tributary, the Canoochee River, drains approximately 1,400 square miles and is the only other major river in the basin.

  • Forestry is a major part of the economy within the basin. Agriculture consists of a varied mixture of animal operations and relatively intensive commodity production.
     

Health of the River

  • 305b/303d: In the Ogeechee River Basin, there are approximately 16 rivers and streams listed on the 2002 303(d) list as waters not meeting their designated use of fishing. These impaired waters include roughly 83 miles of rivers and streams in the Ogeechee River Basin.

  • Fishing Advisories: For a complete listing of fish consumption guidelines for the Ogeechee River Basin and other basins in Georgia see Guidelines for Eating Fish from Georgia Waters, at http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/fish_guide.html

  • NPDES Discharges: Currently, there are approximately 57 facilities, including industries and municipalities, authorized to discharge wastewater into the Ogeechee River Basin pursuant to NPDES Permits.
     

Our Ties to the River


Tourist Sites:

  • Hamburg State Park

  • Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge

  • Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

  • Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
     

How to Get Involved


Watershed Groups in the Basin:

Ogeechee Riverkeeper
PO Box 263
Swainsboro, GA 30401
(478) 289-6523
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www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org

Friends of the Ogeechee River
P.O. Box 743
Louisville, Georgia 30434
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www.friendsoftheogeecheeriver.com

Ogeechee River Valley Association, Inc.
150 Yarborough Landing Road
Box 459
Eden, Georgia 31307
(912) 748-5960
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www.ogeechee1.com