St. Marys River, Charlton County

St. Marys River GA Charlton County Florida Boundary White Sandbar Bend Blackwater Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Originating near the Okefenokee Swamp, the St. Marys River forms the boundary of Georgia and Florida from Charlton County to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also the southernmost point of Georgia. When “discovered” by Jean Ribault in 1562, it was first called the Seine River. It was later changed to St. Marys in honor of a nearby mission. The name given it by Native Americans was Thlathlothlaguphka, meaning rotten fish.

St. Marys River GA Charlton County Florida Boundary White Sandbar Bend Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

It’s a typical “blackwater” river so common throughout South Georgia and North Florida and it bears close monitoring as the human population in its watershed expands exponentially.

St. Marys River GA Charlton County Florida Boundary Population Pressures on Environment Blackwater Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

St. Marys River GA Charlton County Florida Boundary Norfolk Southern Railroad RR Bridge Trestle Blackwater Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Though pollution is an increasing problem (so bad that it’s advised to only eat one Largemouth Bass per month and only one Redbreast per week) I saw two fisherman testing their luck yesterday. Just seeing bank-fishing is getting to be a rare thing these days. Perhaps we should revive the name given it by the Native Americans, Thlathlothlaguphka, in honor of the misdeeds and inaction of our state government which seems to care nothing about the health of any of our rivers or natural ecosystems.

St. Marys River GA Charlton County Florida Boundary Fisherman Bank Fishing Folk Life Customs Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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2 responses to “St. Marys River, Charlton County

  1. haily

    i used to go to Saint George Elementary and thats my grannie river that flooded her house

  2. I always look at your pictures and enjoy them very much. Thanks for providing them.
    It just occurred to me that you may be interested in reading my new novel, ‘Disorderly Notions’, the first book of the ‘Altamaha Trilogy’. Although I live in Ottawa, Canada, I was born and raised in Vidalia. Indicated by its name, the trilogy is full of South Georgia content. For more details please see facebook.com/tomdarbyauthor.
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    Tom Darby

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