When you think Deep South rivers, the Satilla is likely the image your mind conjures. Its slow-moving blackwater, moss-draped cypress and tupelo forests, rustic riverside fish camps, meandering oxbows and swampy sloughs are the stuff of southern folklore. As the crow flies, the 17-mile run of the Satilla explored during Spring on the Satilla is just 20 miles from the heart of the Okefenokee Swamp, and like the swamp, it is wild, remote and beautiful. Each day’s journey is short to allow time for exploring off-river sloughs, to learn about the river and its life through educational programs and to enjoy a leisurely camp and great catered meals atop a bluff overlooking the river. If you want to experience one of Georgia’s most iconic landscapes at its best, this is the weekend for you.
Paddle Georgia Spring on the Satilla Itinerary
Day 1 Burnt Fort Boogie—Douglas Fish Camp
to Ga. 252—9 miles
Day 2 Hells Gate Hokey Pokey—Ga. 252 to
Satilla Lodge—8 miles
Spring On the Satilla Registration Information
Registration Fees :
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people participate? 1OO spots are available. Like our other Paddle Georgia events, participants will range in age from 4 to 84 and come from all walks of life. But, they all have one thing in common—they love to paddle and they love Georgia rivers!
What does my registration fee include? Your Spring on the Satilla registration is all inclusive. It includes all meals, shuttle services and campsites as well as a T-shirt, boat decals, maps and river descriptions, a year’s membership to Georgia River Network, entertainment, activities, and educational programs. Campsite has limited indoor toilet/shower facilities.
How much does it cost? It costs enough to help Georgia River Network save our rivers! Registration fees are $225 for adults, $175 for children 8-17 and $110 for children 7 and under. These fees include a hot breakfast and dinner and sack lunch to take on the river. Participants can also paddle for FREE. Simply raise at least $450 in the Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon and you may request to have your registration fees reimbursed. All proceeds from Spring on the Satilla are used to support Georgia River Network and Satilla Riverkeeper programs to protect the Satilla and Georgia’s other rivers.
What’s a Canoe-A-Thon? Like a walk-a-thon, Paddle Georgia’s 2016 Canoe-A-Thon which began Aug. 1, 2015 will raise money for Georgia River Network. Each participant is asked to solicit donations on a per-mile basis. Those participants generating more than $450 may choose to have their Spring on the Satilla registration fee reimbursed. Top Canoe-A-Thon fundraisers are eligible to secure registration for Paddle Georgia 2017. Click here for more details. Canoe-A-Thoners compete for gifts and prizes, including new canoes and kayaks and other great goods from The Outside World and our many other sponsors. These prizes will be awarded at Paddle Georgia 2016 on the Conasauga and Oostanaula Rivers (Canoe-a-thon participants do not need to present to win these prizes). Participants can sign-up and start raising funds immediately!
How will Spring on the Satilla be different from other Paddle Georgia events? First, it’s on the breathtaking Satilla, a true south Georgia blackwater beauty that wanders between cypress and tupelo-lined banks. For two days we will camp at rustic Satilla Lodge, a privately-owned retreat that overlooks the river. Camping is tent camping only with limited access to indoor facilities, showers and toilets. Like other Paddle Georgia events, transportation will be provided to and from launch sites/take outs, and since our campsite remains the same both nights, there’s no need to carry your gear in your boat…or load up to move camp! Catered meals will be provided, and at the end of each day’s paddle, you will always have access to your vehicle.
Do I need to be an experienced paddler? You don’t need to be an expert, but a little experience wouldn’t hurt. If you are new to paddling, we ask that you take a basic canoeing or kayaking instruction class offered through the Georgia Canoe Association or other instructors.
What do I need to bring? You are responsible for bringing a canoe or kayak, paddles and a personal floatation device. Paddle Georgia does not supply or rent boats. Southeast Adventure Outfitters serves as our official canoe and kayak rental facility for Spring on the Satilla www.southeastadventure.com and can deliver your boat rental to our initial launch site and pick it up at the end of the trip. You can rent your boat online here. You may also consult our complete list of outfitters in Georgia at http://garivers.org/gwtc/plan-your-adventure/outfitters.html All paddlers should bring standard camping gear including a tent and personal items. Your boat should be of a size and weight that you and another person can carry.
Where do we camp? As noted above, all paddlers should bring standard
camping gear including a tent and personal items. We encourage
those who love to tent camp to join us at a beautiful spot atop
Long Bluff overlooking the river adjacent to Satilla Lodge, a private
rustic retreat www.satillalodge.com. However, if your idea of roughing
it is a Motel 6 instead of the Ritz-Carlton, hotel accommodations
are located about 16 miles from our campsite in Woodbine and Folkston.
In addition, there are four private indoor options at Satilla Lodge
that are available for additional fees through our online registration
form…while they last. Additionally, porta-toilets and outdoor
showers will be provided. There will be limited access to indoor
toilets and showers.
How do I get my boat to the river? Before the paddle begins, you will drop your boat at our initial launch site. Your boat will remain at the river throughout the trip. Overnight security will be provided for the boats. The trip ends at Satilla Lodge so once you complete your paddle, you’ll simply load up your boat and motor back home.
Can I fish during Spring on the Satilla? Yes,
but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses and
understanding and following the proper rules and regulations.
Paddle Georgia SOS 2016 Route Map