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Ocmulgee River in Georgia

Trip Overview

Ocmulgee River. Popes Ferry to Amerson River Park, North Ramp (about 10 miles).
Monday, September 5, 2016. We started our trip at Popes Ferry. We have a 12 tandem, sit on top kayak. Being it was Labor Day weekend it was fairly busy. There are no facilities there but there is also no cost to park there. This was our first time going this route. Due to lower river levels (3.16 @ Dames Ferry above where we put in and 5.42 @ Macon below where we took out) we ran aground in a few areas where we had to walk and pull the kayak. There were several areas with some small rapids that were lots of fun, unless we got snagged on a rock. The trip took about 5 hours. It would have taken less time if we hadnt had to walk through the shallow areas. We are not experienced kayakers (this was only our 3rd time out). We had a great time, even with the walking (hey it was an adventure) and never felt that we were in over our heads. I do think that the next time we attempt this route well check the river levels and wait for them to be a little higher and well start earlier in the day.

Amerson River park closes the gates at 8:00 PM. So be sure you are packed up and out the gate before that time.

Accommodations:

None. The boat ramp drops off suddenly so make sure you check where it's at if you plan to back into it.

Fees:

None

Directions:

I 75 to exit 171, go north 5.2 miles to Popes Ferry Road, turn right, go to Popes Ferry Ln, turn right. There is a steep rail road crossing just before the landing that cars with low clearance or trailers will have trouble with please use caution.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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