Springtime on the Ochlockonee River: April 18-22, 2020
Trip Registration Deadline April 2nd, 2020 unless trip reaches capacity before then. Participation Limit
Full Trip Fees
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.
Shuttle Service. Paddlers will park their vehicles at the trip’s ending point at Bald Point State Park near Alligator Point by 1PM on April 18th. After boats are loaded onto trailers, they’ll be shuttled to the trip’s launching point at Whitehead Lake Landing to check in for the trip.
Paddlers with a wide range of skills and experience can and do enjoy Paddle Florida trips. Novices are welcomed but should have a basic understanding of paddle strokes and should be able to control their vessels in moving water. The Ochlockonee River features flatwater with a moving current, and we'll almost always "go with the flow." There are occasional areas of fast water along the route, typically around meandering bends in the river. Our last day crossing Ochlockonee Bay presents open water, which is more vulnerable to winds and tidal currents. Paddle Florida recommends a kayak of at least 16' with a rudder or skeg and a spray skirt for this trip. If you are a beginning paddler, we recommend you paddle near others who are more experienced, including (but not limited to) the Paddle Florida staff members who will be on the water each day. If you're doubtful of your boat's suitability the trip, contact our partnering outfitter about a rental: The Wilderness Way at 850-877-7200.
Outfitter Paddlers who need to rent a kayak and related gear may contact out partnering outfitter, The Wilderness Way.
Required Liability Waiver
Participants will be required to complete liability waiver, which can be downloaded from the 'Documents' 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.
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.