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Suwannee River Canoe | Spring Break

  • Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 through Sunday, March 10th, 2019
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Suwannee River

Depart: March 2 @ 7:00am March 2 @ 7:00 am 

Return: March 10 @ 1:00pm

Drive time: 10 hours

Included: Travel, permits, and equipment

Cost: $365 Students | $400 Guest 

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, February 26 @ 8:00pm


The Suwannee River is the major river that runs through Georgia and funnels into Florida. This area is known for its rich history and famous song “Old Folks At Home”, by Stephen Foster, which is now Florida’s state song. This historical river starts in the Okefenokee Swamp and travels 200 miles into Florida, eventually ending in the Gulf of Mexico. While canoeing this awesome river, keep an eye out for some epic wildlife - such as turtles, dragonflies, and snakes. ORAC will be canoeing down the Suwannee and camping alongside side the river for 3 nights 4 days. Spend the remainder of your trip trekking along the sandy beaches of Cumberland Island and experience backcountry beach camping for 2 nights. This will be a spring break to remember, come join ORAC as we embark on this journey together!

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday March 2nd:

  1. Depart from Preston early morning AM
  2. Arrive at Suwannee River State Park
  3. Settle in for the night and prepare for paddling tomorrow!

Sunday March 3rd:

  1. Wake up early and have breakfast
  2. Securely pack canoes keeping the essentials handy – snacks
  3. Put in at Stephen Foster State Park
  4. Paddle 9 miles to our riverside campsite
  5. Arrive at Woods Ferry Campsite
  6. Tie canoes off on the side of the bank
  7. Unpack & set up camp
  8. Have a yummy dinner & relax for the day to come

Monday March 4th:

  1. Walk out of your tent to the beautiful sites of the river
  2. Enjoy a warm drink and breakfast
  3. Head down river about 10 miles to our next campsite
  4. Enjoy lunch in your boat – keeping your balance!
  5. Arrive to Sprit of Suwannee Music Park  
  6. Tie canoes off on the side of the bank
  7. Unpack & set up camp
  8. Have a yummy dinner & relax for the day to come
  9. Sit around a fire and enjoy the company of your new friends

Tuesday March 5th:

  1. Wake up early and have breakfast
  2. Pick new paddling partners!
  3. Paddle to our next campsite – 8 miles
  4. Enjoy lunch in a spot of your choice!  
  5. Keep an eye out for our next riverside campsite – Holton Creek Camp
  6. Tie canoes off on the side of the bank
  7. Unpack & set up camp
  8. Have a yummy dinner & relax for the day to come

Wednesday March 6th:

  1. Wake up early and have breakfast
  2. Paddle to Suwannee River State Park
  3. Unload canoes
  4. Drive to Crooked Creek State Park ~ 2 hours
  5. Set up camp
  6. Tell warrior stories form the past days of paddling!
  7. Pack our backpacks for an epic time on Cumberland Island

Thursday March 7th:

  1. Wake up in time to Catch the 9:00 am Ferry to Cumberland Island
  2. Arrive at the island
  3. Hike to our designated backcountry site
  4. Explore the island
  5. Splash around in the Sea!
  6. Get all sandy
  7. Eat a good meal
  8. Sleep with the sounds of waves crashing in the distance  

Friday March 8th:

  1. Wake up early to catch the sunrise
  2. Spend the day explore and relaxing on Cumberland Island

Saturday March 9th:

  1. Wake up and hike back to the ferry
  2. Arrive at our Van
  3. Start our drive back to Bowling Green
  4. Camp along the way back to split up drive time  

Sunday March 10th:

  1. Finish driving back to Bowling Green


Follow the instructions below

1. Go to https://online.spectrumng.net/wku (it will open a new window!) 
2. Click "Do not have login" (you will need to make an account!) 
3. Enter your 800# (or 500# if a Preston Only Member) for the Member Number (even if you do not have a current membership!)
4. Choose a username and password for your online account with us. 
5. Once you have an account set up, click the Home Icon in the top left (the picture, not the actual home letters)
6. Click on Program Registration in the middle of the page!
7. Select ‘ORAC’ 
8. Select the trip you want! 
9. Add to Cart 
10. Continue to Cart 
11. This should take you to the Payment Summary Screen. Enter your payment info and hit Submit Payment. 
12. BAMM You're registered for a trip!

Contact: ORAC@wku.edu

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