The Sill Never Lets Me Down

A Snowy Egret watches a large American Alligator basking in the sun on cypress driftwood at The Sill Recreation Area Dam in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA. November 14, 2021. ©

While I thoroughly enjoy any season in the Okefenokee Swamp, I felt as if I had “struck out” with wildlife observations on my November 2021 trip. Particularly with alligators. I had only seen a dozen or so in three days. So before heading home, I knew where to go: The Sill!

The Sill isn’t very attractive for landscape photography, and isn’t very exciting for swamp exploration. It is a long, straight, manmade canal with little vegetation. But those deep waters and clear banks usually mean alligators basking in the sun. In fact, I’ve seen some of the biggest alligators in all my visits laying out along The Sill.

My short paddle of almost four hours resulted in more photographs and more diversity than the previous two days. Even though it was a cool fall day, there were plenty of alligators basking and swimming. The Sill never lets me down for alligators… I spotted over thirty! I also got in plenty of birding photography too!


    1. There are quite a few trails, a long boardwalk, and a 7 mile wildlife drive if you go to the eastern side at the Suwannee Canal entrance. There aren’t too many trails at the western entrance at Stephen C Foster State Park. But both have boat tours.

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