Ohoopee River, Tattnall County

ohoopee river at daybreak tattnall county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

The Ohoopee is one of Georgia’s most pristine and peaceful rivers.  This sandbar is located a few miles upriver from the Tattnall County Landing on land that is near the Big Hammock Natural Area. This is also the last area where the dunes which characterize the river for much of its course begin to transition to lower banks.

ohoopee river kayaking photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

It’s often difficult to navigate as water levels are generally low, though a benefit to the paddler is that motorized traffic is usually at a minimum. I’ve kayaked it many times, from low to high water, and prefer it somewhere in the middle.

ohoopee river ga bluegill bream spawning bed photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

On one trip I found a Bluegill (aka Bream) (Lepomis macrochirus) spawning bed, with this male doing his best to attract a suitable female.

ohoopee river ga male bluegill bream at spawning bed photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

In low water, there are places where the river is scarcely a foot deep.

ohoopee river tattnall county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

I’ve never fished here, but I’ve heard from several people that it’s excellent for catching bluegill.

ohoopee river at tattnall county landing ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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5 responses to “Ohoopee River, Tattnall County

  1. Kathryn B Hochman

    My father is from Collins, which is in Tattnall County, and he often swam in the Ohoopee when he was growing up. I visited it once as a very young child, and remember the tea-colored water. I think he said it was colored from tannin. Thanks for posting these pictures.

  2. Ann lifer

    I was born and raised on this little river and spent some of the greatest times of my life in the warm brown waters of this little river

  3. phil

    A beautiful tea stained stretch of this fine little river !

  4. SAnn

    Where is Tattnall County?
    I grew up in Georgia, but I’ve never heard of this county.

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