Who We Are
The Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative (ONPPI) is a community based group of Middle Georgia citizens working together to expand the current site of the Ocmulgee National Monument into the first National Park and Preserve east of the Mississippi River. We encourage you to explore the Indian Mounds, Bond Swamp Wildlife Refuge, and the Ocmulgee River, which are jewels of history, culture, wildlife and natural resources.
With growing national attention to the necessity of preservation in the area, we’ve committed to becoming the driving force behind local conservation efforts. We hope to see the Park and Preserve become a nationally protected resource, available to future generations for recreational kayaking and canoeing, fishing, hunting, bird-watching, outdoor exercise, historical enrichment, and cultural appreciation. An exemplary Muscogee traditional cultural property can become the anchor for a park that brings in tourism, increasing revenue to Middle Georgia communities, and providing unique and previously unavailable recreational opportunities to the area.
What the Ocmulgee Has to Offer
The Ocmulgee River Corridor includes a diverse animal and plant population and is one of the last remaining wild areas in the Southeastern United States. We believe formally preserving the area between Macon and Hawkinsville along the Ocmulgee River Corridor will not only provide opportunities for recreation, education, and protection of fragile resources, but it will also benefit the area economically.
Join the Movement
We hope you will join us in our commitment to fulfill a Congressional promise made in the early 20th century to preserve this wild region of Georgia, unparalleled in cultural richness and natural beauty.
Please check back frequently or follow us on Facebook to learn about opportunities to get involved and enjoy this beautiful part of Middle Georgia. Also, included in all of our Membership Packages is a subscription to our quarterly newsletter outlining upcoming events and activities, recent successes and next steps for this important community effort!
The Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative