The Ochlockonee River originates in southwest Georgia and flows through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, draining 6330 square miles along the way. The basin is grouped with the Aucilla River and Wards Creek– two smaller, separate watersheds that discharge independently into the Gulf. The river has been named several times for its yellow appearance, first by the Hitchiti (Muscogee/Creek) people, then again by the Spanish. The river supplies organic matter to the Ochlockonee Bay estuary, which serves as nursery grounds for commercially-important marine species. Continue exploring the Ochlockonee below.
Photo by Alan Cressler via Flickr. Location: Aucilla River, Aucilla Wildlife Management Area, Taylor and Jefferson Counties, Florida.
Photo via FloridaStateParks.org. Location: Bald Point State Park, Florida.
Photo via FloridaStateParks.org. Location: Ochlockonee River State Park, Florida.
Map of the Ochlockonee River Basin. Created by Anna Baynes (UGA River Basin Center).