Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee - Lake Talquin, Florida

  • Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River: March 11-17, 2017

    This form is for trip registration only.  Payment can be made through either PayPal or regular mail.  Further information will be given on making payment after completion of the trip registration form.

    Trip Registration Deadline
    February 25, 2017

    Participation Limit
    60 paddlers

    Full Trip Fees
    • Adults: $600
    • Seniors (65+):  $575
    • College students:  $575
    • Youth (8 - 17):  $550
    • Children (7 & under):  free

    The Meal Plan.  Meals will be provided by professional caterers or local civic groups.  Expect hearty, hot fare for breakfast and dinner.  On-water lunch stops will include ample portions of fruit, chips, cookies, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches, and water.  If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Bill Richards at bill@paddleflorida.org for details.

    Shuttle Service.  Paddlers can choose a pre- or post-trip shuttle for themselves and their boats. Those choosing the pre-trip shuttle will park their vehicles at the trip's ending point, Bald Point State Park, by 1PM on March 11.  After boats are loaded onto trailers, paddlers and their gear will be shuttled to the trip's launch point at Ed & Bernice's Fish Camp just east of Hosford.  Their vehicles will be waiting for them at trip's end.  Paddlers may also choose to park their vehicles at the trip's launch point for the week and then take the post-trip shuttle back to Ed & Bernice's Fish Camp at the trip's conclusion. 

    Paddle Florida Lite
    $110/day.  Can't get away for the whole trip?  Choose the Paddle Florida Lite option and pay a daily rate over four or fewer days.  The daily fee includes camping and meals, but no shuttle.  If you are not paddling the whole trip, you may need to arrange for your own shuttle transportation.   Contact Bill Richards at bill@paddleflorida.org for more information.

    Paddlers who need to rent a kayak and related gear may contact out partnering outfitter, The Wilderness Way.

    Is this the right trip for you?
    Even in good weather, it's not uncommon to experience choppy conditions in the open waters of Ochlockonee Bay, which we'll be crossing on the final day.  For this trip, we recommend kayaks of at least 14 feet in length equipped with a rudder or skeg and a spray skirt.  The directional support of a rudder or skeg should also assist paddlers through some of the narrower, winding, swift-moving passages earlier in the trip.  You should also have solid sea kayaking, self-rescue, and swimming skills.  If you lack this kind of boat or gear, you can rent them from our partnering outfitter.  If conditions call for it, we will have an FWC chase boat on the water with us during the Ochlockonee Bay crossing for an added measure of safety.  One other factor to be aware of -- this is Paddle Florida's most remote trip.  As such, we'll have access to portable bathroom facilities daily, but hot showers at only one campsite.  If you have any questions about the environment you will encounter on this trip, please contact Bill Richards at bill@paddleflorida.org.

    Required Liability Waiver
    Participants will be required to complete liability waiver, which can be downloaded from the 'Itinerary' tab of this page.  If you're paying for the trip through regular mail, please print out and send the completed waiver with your check.  You can also bring the completed waiver with you to check-in.  We will also have blank waivers onsite for paddlers to complete.

    Paddle Florida Policies
    • All paddlers must attend the trip overview and orientation briefing. Paddlers must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
    • Paddlers must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle at all times on the river.
    • Paddlers under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian.  No more than two children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
    • Sorry, no pets allowed.
    • All paddlers must provide emergency contact information and sign a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. These forms are available on our website.
    • People-powered watercraft only.
    • Paddle Florida adheres to all rules put forth by the public parks we stay in, including the ban on alcoholic beverages.
    • All paddlers must respect private property along the river and bay.
    • All paddlers must have basic swimming skills and a comfort for paddling in occasionally swift winding river passages and choppy open water.
    • Violations of these policies can result in the paddler being removed from the event without refund.
    Refund Policy
    Due to the financial outlay and costs incurred by Paddle Florida during event planning, any force majeure, which includes but is not limited to water levels, inclement weather, and any other Acts of God not mentioned herein, shall not result in the refund of any fees paid to Paddle Florida. Absolutely no fees will be refunded after 15 days before the event begins. Any fees refunded by Paddle Florida will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Documents Attached to Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee:
    Itinerary - Ocklochonee 2017
    Paper Reg Form - Ochlockonee 2017
    USCA Waiver
    Registration Information