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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.


Learn more about the basin (including how you can get involved in its conservation) through Georgia Rivers at Ochlockonee River Water Trail, Inc.

View USGS data on the Ochlockonee River observational site.

Read EPD’s Ochlockonee River Basin Management Plan, completed 2002.

Learn about the EPD’s Fish Consumption Advisories online in the Guidelines for Eating Fish from Georgia’s Waters.

Photo via Location: Bald Point State Park, Florida.


Visit Ochlockonee River State Park and “experience a wild Florida river and one of the best-preserved Longleaf Pine forests in the world,” or pop across the river to visit Bald Point State Park for a beach day.

For a day on the water, head to the Ochlockonee River Water Trail for paddling and more.

Photo via Location: Ochlockonee River State Park, Florida.


Learn more about the Ochlockonee, along with Georgia’s other amazing rivers, at Georgia Rivers.

Explore Georgia State-Protected species by watershed at the Georgia Biodiversity Portal.

Photo via Georgia River Network. Location: Ochlockonee River, Georgia.

Map of the Ochlockonee River Basin. Created by Anna Baynes (UGA River Basin Center).