No confirmed reports.... (all seriousness, we have NOT spotted a single gator through any of our endeavors on the Ocmulgee River from Popes Ferry to the Spring Street bridge.)
Strictly speaking, no. All participants are expected to sign a waiver and must be 18. All river enthusiasts under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or have prior, guardian approval in writing. We expect parents and guardians to exercise common sense. A three year old probably is going to lose interest and get fussy, but a four year old may be captivated by the river. You know your child best. If you think your child is ready for this, we're all for it. We have small life jackets and they are designed for children 30-50 pounds. Upper age limit? As long as you can safely get in and out of the canoe or kayak and are willing to undertake the adventure, we applaud you!
We accept all major cards, but cash and checks work very well, too.
Can you accommodate groups? Yes, we can! We have a 10% discount for groups of ten or more if the payment is made with one check or on one credit card. If you reserve 15 boats and not everyone in your group shows up, you will be charged for 15 boats unless you give 48 hours notice.
Every expedition down the Ocmulgee River is different. Each time you go, you'll notice something different, you'll see something different. Each expedition is an experience. From us, you can expect door-to-door service.
You are IN nature.
This is not a theme park ride; you'll see wildlife (birds, frogs, all types of fish, deer, turtles, wild hogs, possibly a snake.) Use common sense and don't try to feed the animals. If you're lucky, you'll get to see a Bald Eagle or two! You're going to get wet. That's not a bad thing. You'll WANT to get in the river. Especially on a hot day, the river is very refreshing. Your canoe/kayak may turn over. Don't panic. It's ok. You simply turn it back over when you get to a shallow or sand bar. You'll laugh about it later. You will go through shoals on the Half Day Tour, especially if the river is low. Some people call them 'rapids,' but they're really not, although when you go through them and come out on the other side, your adrenaline is pumping and you'll swear that you're ready for REAL rapids. Or at the very least the Summer Olympics.
What to bring?
There's not a lot you'll need to concern yourself with in terms of paddles, personal flotation devices (aka life vests) or a canoe or kayak. We've got you covered on all of that. But there are a few personal items you'll want to take with you to make your time(s) on the river enjoyable. We provide dry bags for your cell phone so you can take pictures along the way.
• Water shoes (or a pair of old sneakers)
• Towel (but you can leave that in your car)
Optional items you might consider bringing.
• Hat (ball cap or sun hat)
• Ziplock bag (or if you want to get fancy, a Dry Bag) to keep your keys/wallet/stuff dry; we will also keep your keys safe with us, if you prefer
• Fishing gear
• A plastic "poncho" in case it rains
• Soft drinks
• Small cooler is fine, but please, NO ALCOHOL allowed.
Preparation is the key to a good journey and we'll do all we can to make sure you find the Ocmulgee River a renewable source of good times.
No one knows for sure, but the Creek Indian confederation lived near present-day Macon in Ocmulgee Fields. The name of the river probably comes from a Hitchiti words "oki," which means "water," plus "molki," which means "bubbling" or "boiling."
There are snakes along the river, but they are more scared of you than you are of them and it is very doubtful that you will see them. They hear you coming and they disappear.
We don’t have a physical location, all expeditions are done by reservation and we meet you at the shuttle point. We dream big and hope to have a physical location soon.