Satilla River

Nahunta, Georgia 31553

Satilla River

Satilla River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Leave the landing to immediately pass a lone cabin. The coffee-colored water runs between banks about 50 feet apart. The river curves nearly constantly. The outer sides of the curve usually have small bluffs of oak, sweet gum, and pine with a palmetto understory. Willows favor the lower areas, along with tupelo and cypress. River birch has a presence as well. White sandbars immediately commence, unless submerged by high water—when you should not be on the river anyway. Despite the narrowness of the river, the middle is still mostly open to the sun and, because of the sandbars, only partly canopied.

Only on the infrequent straightaways does the tree canopy stretch over the Satilla. The textured-sand bottomed varies in appearance, depending on the depth of the water above it. The quiet sloughs extending back from the river are lined with cypress and gum. These trees will also form mini-islands of their own in the middle of the river."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
5 hours
Satilla River at Atkinson; minimum runnable level 200 cfs. Gradient is 0.8 foot per mile.
Tidal Information
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Suite 1252 East Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334; (404) 656-3500;
Local Contacts
USGS: Patterson SE, Hortense; DeLorme: Georgia Atlas and Gazetteer, page 62
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Dec 2018