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Columbus to Apalachicola Paddle Trip Day #4 - George Bagby State Park

This day will transition our adventure from a lake trip back to a steep bluffed river corridor.  Going through the locks will drop us 88’ from the lake level to the river.  This is the longest lock drop in the Eastern US.  Upon emerging from the locks into the river basin, the steep vegetated banks provide a stunning variety of plant and animal life.  This portion of the river is subject to changing river levels due to the power generation at the dam.  We will traverse a good distance down river where the rises and falls are somewhat moderated and camp at Smith’s Landing sandbar.  This landing was a significant stopover on the riverboat passages as it provided a safe mooring and enjoyable leisure area.  It has been owned by the same family since those times and is still place for an afternoon or evening stay.  There is at least one of the old paddle wheel boats sunken in the bend across the river.

Price: $125.00
Duration: 1 day
Distance: 20 Miles

Start Point: George Bagby State Park

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End Point: Smith’s Landing Sandbar

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Bayshore Paddle Center at 41 West Bayshore Avenue on St. George Island

Phone: 850-653-7448

41 West Bayshore Avenue, St. George Island, 32328

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