Okefenokee Swamp Paddle Overnight Trip

Have you ever wanted to go back in time to a pre-historic era when huge birds flew and swamp filled the lands? Well, we have a trip for you. Come Paddle with us to the Okefenokee Swamp and visit a pre-historic land like no other.

It’s abundant wildlife will leave you in awe. YES, there are gators, sometimes a lot. But Gators in general are very shy and do NOT like Kayaks or Canoes. They are curious by nature and often just want to sneak a peak at who is coming down the Canal.

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This 2 day 1 night trip will give you a very unique experience in the Okefenokee Swamp. We traverse some of the most beautiful and oldest part of the Swamp. Including thousand year old Cypress Trees. We will paddle through inner lakes, prairies, and thin canals. The highlight of the Trip will be a visit to Billy’s Island where we will explore on foot it’s rich history. The island’s name comes from a Native American occupant of the island, a Seminole named Indian Billy, who was murdered on the island. That night at Mixon’s Hammock Campground (in the swamp) we will also have a campfire that night to share some of our paddle experiences together.

The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 438,000-acre (1,770 km2), peat-filled wetland straddling the Georgia–Florida line in the United States. A majority of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness. The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The Okefenokee is the largest “blackwater” swamp in North America.

The name Okefenokee is attested with more than a dozen variant spellings of the word in historical literature. Though often translated as “land of trembling earth,” the name is likely derived from Hitchiti oki fanô?ki “bubbling water”


Experienced Guided Trip
Kayak or Canoe w/Paddles
Dinner Included In Swamp
Camp Fee
Permits for overnight
Park Fees
Parking Pass


The start of our adventure is the night before having a cookout at our campground on 3/23/18. We will be staying at Stephen C. Foster State Park.  For those who want to camp with us, they have showers and plenty of room for tents.

DAY 1: We break camp early. Everyone should/MUST meet at the boat rentals at 8 AM SHARP. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this. IN ORDER TO BE ISSUED YOUR PERMITS TO GO, YOU MUST BE ON TIME! If you are late, you risk your opportunity to join us on this adventure!

Please be respectful and eat breakfast prior to this meeting time – thank you.

WE WILL BE ON THE WATER NO LATER THAN 9AM! Your gear needs to be organized to the best of your ability prior to arriving at our entry point – it will be essential to us meeting our time frames. Your lunch and snacks this day will need to be accessible from a seated position in your boat.

DAY 1 ROUTE : Leave straight from the boat dock at Stephen C. Foster at 9:00 AM Sharp heading North into the swamp exploring most of the day.  We will break for lunch at Minnies Lake Platform to stretch our legs and use bathroom.

Approximate paddling time should be 7-8 hours, depending on our speed as a group.

We will explore the swamp most of the day to return to our campsite (in the swamp) at Mixon’s Hammock where we will have a roaring campfire. Mixon’s Hammock will be on land.

DAY 2 : Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the sunrise. Eat a hardy breakfast and head back into the swamp to explore Billy’s Island.

We will have lunch on Billy’s Island.

Paddle distance is 3 miles to Billy’s Island and 4 miles back to our cars.

Approximate paddling time for the entire day, should be 6 hours, depending on our speed as a group. Our paddling time will be more leisurely and slow this day, due to the route’s attributes.

We will be exiting at the Stephen C. Foster State Park (where we put in). Our cars will be right there waiting for us….

What to Bring

GEAR To Bring:  Upon Booking you will receive a downloaded copy of what to bring.

sleeping bag (dry bag)
sleeping pad
tent (dry bag)
cooking set / fuel
rope to hang food headlamp / extra batteries
durable rope to tie your boat to dock – must be at least 5 to 7ft
suitable dry bags – at least three bags per person (for your sleeping bag, clothing, food) Water could get in your Kayak or Canoe
portable urination dispenser, if desired though not required
first aid kit – additional bug spray, anti itch, benedryl and sting relief recommended

one pair long pants
one pair long johns / warm bottoms to sleep in one short sleeve shirt
two long sleeve shirt
down jacket / or warm jacket – expect chilly nights rain jacket – REQUIRED
rain pants – OPTIONAL
water shoes / or sandles for while in the boat lightweight sandles /or camp shoes for the evenings underwear / socks / etc
items in your kayak in will get wet. With the evenings anticipated to get chilly, keeping at least one pair of dry clothing will be essential!


3 LUNCHES – keep lunches and snacks accessible for easy access
3 DINNERS – Traders Hill Campground and 2 nights of platform camping
SNACKS sufficient enough for 3 full days

WATER – 1 GALLON OF DRINKING WATER PER PERSON / PER DAY MUST BE CARRIED IN WITH YOU! There are no guaranteed fresh water sources in the swamp therefore water filtration is not a viable option! Please pack in ALL water.

Use screw on top only water bottle to drink from while in the boat durable water resistant food bag to hang your food in at night durable cord to hang food bag with underneath shelter.


lightweight camping chair
camera / waterproof casing for camera or phone bug spray –


bug netting sunscreen
hat / sunglasses
biking gloves / or something to protect your hands from blistering

About your Guides

Ariane guiding trips in the swamp

Ariane Petrucci will be guiding us through the routes of the swamp. She has done multiple trips over the years throughout the swam and knows it very well.

She is a Leave No Trace Trainer and is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at us@thebackpacker.tv


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