The Ocmulgee River flows for approximately 255 miles before joining the Oconee River to form the Mighty Altamaha. The Ocmulgee is formed where the Alcovy, South, and Yellow Rivers feed Lake Jackson near Monticello. The river flows south through Macon and continues on a southeastern route towards the coast. It joins the Oconee to the east and forms the Mighty Altamaha at Lumber City in Telfair County.
The Ocmulgee played a major role in the development and growth of Middle Georgia and cities further south in the basin. When humans first inhabited the Macon and Indian Mounds area 17,000 years ago, the plentiful water resources of the Ocmulgee helped sustain them.
Further south of Macon, the river flows through Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. There, the river serves as a rich and diverse habitat for all types of birds, reptiles, hogs, fish, and one of Georgia’s three black bear populations.
Recently, city and county governments along the river have come together with local citizens to organize Blueways (also known as Water Trails). Blueways provide safe access to rivers, information on boating and wildlife, and community resources nearby. ONPPI leaders are actively engaged in a project to extend the Ocmulgee Blueway already established in Hawkinsville further north in the corridor to Macon. Our plan is to increase access to the river so that more people will use it for recreation, fishing, bird watching, and enjoying the natural beauty the Ocmulgee provides to Middle Georgia. Blueways also serve to attract visitors to the area who will support local businesses while they are there.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ocmulgee Blueway expansion, please email us at [email protected].
Ocmulgee River Water Trail Partnership
The Ocmulgee Water Trail will provide 200 miles of river recreation in addition to easy access to historic and cultural sites, wildlife, and local businesses. From paddling and fishing to walking trials and playgrounds, the Ocmulgee Water Trail will offer plenty of reasons to be outside. The Water Trail’s northern point will be Amerson Park on Macon’s Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. The trail will continue downstream through Hawkinsville to the confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers, at the Altamaha River.