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Okefenokee Adventures

Your Adventure Begins Here!

Thursday, 4/26/17

NOTICE: Due to the West Mims fire, as of today, Okefenokee Adventures and the refuge’s main entrance will be closed to the public.

Please check back on a daily basis as this can change with changing conditions.

Spring is a a great time to be out in the Okefenokee swamp! The temperatures are perfect and the bugs are few.

The neverwets are blooming as are some water lilies, swamp iris, and bladderwort. Water levels are a lower than normal so we’re typically seeing lots of alligators out along the canal and in the prairies as well as wading birds including ibis, egrets, great blue herons, little blues and green herons. We have a couple of red shouldered hawks and a barred owl nesting along the canal.

Join us for one of our 90 minute guided boat tours, reserve a 2 hour sunset tour, a 4 hour extended tour, or head out on your own in a canoe or kayak.

Check out our EVENTS page for listings of currently scheduled Extended Excursions.

Come See Us!


Okefenokee sunrise on the water Photo Tour/Workshop

Date:  July 9, 2017

Time:  5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


By popular demand, a second workshop in addition to the one in September.  It will work exactly the same simply a different start time due to sunrise time.  We start on the water with tips, instruction and of course photography, & finish in the Okefenokee Adventures cafe for wrap up – an hour or so of conversation, Q&A, and more tips.

An early start so we can be in prime position for sunrise over the water with the lovely cypress trees silhouetted against the brightening sky.  Then it’s on to gators, birds and whatever else we can find!

Max Attendance:

Attendance is limited to only 10 people.  The small group size allows everybody free room to shoot comfortably and move around the boat as well as insuring that everybody gets their fair share of photographic help and guidance from John.


The cost is $135 per person which includes all entrance fees, boat fees, & the workshop itself.  Payment to be made to Okefenokee Adventures with cash, check, money order, or credit card.  


Cancellations on or before May 1, 2017 will be fully refunded.  Cancellations after May 1 but before June 30 will be refunded at 80%.  Cancellations on or after June 30, including no show on day of event, will not be refunded.  


The boat MUST leave the dock no later than 5:45 a.m..  To wait would not be fair to those who are there on time.  The gate will open at 5:15 a.m. so you can have plenty of time to gather your equipment and be ready for departure.  There is also no way to catch up if you are late and miss the boat, nor is there any way for us to fill your open spot and so no refund will be granted.

For more information:

Okefenokee Adventures:
(912) 496-7156 (866) 843-7926 (or email us through the site)

John Reed Photography: (904) 451-2352

Hours of Operation:

  • Open:  ½-hour before sunrise every day
  • Close:   7:30pm – March 1 through October 31
  • Close:   5:30pm – November 1 through end of February
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


Watch us on Georgia Public Television’s “Okefenokee” special on their program “Georgia Outdoors”.

To view, go to:


Don’t forget to visit our EVENTS page for dates of guided Overnight Wilderness Excursions.