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Okefenokee and Doerun Georgia in 2003.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is about 1700 square kilometers (650 square miles). While the swamp has had a tough history of getting logged and dredged, it has managed to survive and even rebound from the past damages. It is still a very wild place. There are several access points to the swamp, and I think that each access point has a "day use" zone centered on it so you can put your canoe in the water and paddle around for the day. However, if you want to spend a night in the swamp, you must arrange for permits from the US Fish & Wildlife Service ahead of time. There are regulations and practices you must know about, too. For example, you must bring in all your water--drinking the swamp water is unwise. You must also learn about how to navigate the trail system (actually, a very easy process). Once you are in the swamp, you are on your own. We saw perhaps two people per day while we were there.

The swamp is big. It is real wilderness. You don't screw around with it, otherwise you'll get yourself in serious trouble.

This is a picture of us on the morning of our first day out, at Kingfisher Landing. Once we got into the canoe, it was three days before we felt solid ground under our feet again!

(While we had tents, dry bags, etc., we rented the canoe and other gear from "Okefenokee Adventures", the official concessionaire for our put-in site. The cost was less than $150 for five days!)

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©Barry Rice, 2005