Sharing an Okefenokee Post from Magellan’s Travels

Kayak Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

This group of ladies “came up out of the swamp” while my daughter and I were at Stephen C Foster in the Okefenokee. We chatted only a bit, so it was nice to see their travel journal and photos posted. – William 

Magellan's Travels

I spent 6 days in the Okefenokee Swamp in early March.  Three nights, I stayed in the pioneer group campsite at Stephen Foster State Park with a large group of ladies and the final 2 nights were spent kayak camping with a group of 6.

While camping, I joined in on various kayaking trips.  Kayaks rent for $20 for half a day (4 hours) and that’s enough time to easily just paddle around in Billy’s Lake, go to Billy’s Island, or paddle to Mixon’s Hammock.  There are signs pointing the way at any intersection, though I recommend the National Geographic map of the Okefenokee for anyone paddling into the swamp.

To get kayak camping reservations, go to the website and check to see what the current procedure is.  It varies throughout the year as water levels change, limiting access to some areas, and there are always budget restrictions causing havoc…

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Published by William Wise

Hi, I’m conservation photographer and nature writer William Wise. Nature journaling and wildlife photography has been a favorite pastime since the ‘90s. I graduated from University of Georgia Warnell Forestry School's wildlife program in 1996. I'm currently an animal shelter manager/photographer and reside in Athens, Georgia, USA with my wife and two teenage daughters. My website is a wildlife and birding photo website documenting the beauty, design and wonder of creation. I have a deep love of the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. I became a devoted Christian in 1993 under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. I am also a guest author at Lee's Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. The theme of my blogging comes from The Message version of Psalms 104 -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, You made earth overflow with your wonderful creations."

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