Tag Archives: South Georgia Rivers Creeks & Lakes

Chattahoochee River at Fort Gaines

The Chattahoochee River cuts through high bluffs at Fort Gaines to form the border between Georgia and Alabama.


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Altamaha River Floodplain, Long County

Five days after the storm, snow remains in shady spots, like this swamp in the Altamaha floodplain.

South Georgia Snowstorm, 2018



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Ogeechee River at Oliver

ogeechee river at oliver landing screven county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Oliver Landing is a great place to access the Ogeechee.


Filed under --SCREVEN COUNTY GA--, Oliver GA

Flint River at Montezuma

flint river montezuma ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

A great place to access the beautiful Flint River is the George Hooks Landing just west of Montezuma.


Filed under --MACON COUNTY GA--, Montezuma GA

Banks Lake, Lanier County


Banks Lake is a natural blackwater lake characterized by shallow water and cypress trees. Located just east of Lakeland, it was owned for much of the 2oth century by the family of Governor Ed Rivers.


Joshua Lee operated a grist mill here in the mid-1800s. When he dammed the Carolina bay  on his property, the lake was created.


Unsubstantiated sources suggest that Governor Ed Rivers’ family attempted to develop the area in the 1920s and that his estate threatened to drain and log the lake in the 1970s, but regardless, the property was purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 1980, assuring its preservation. In 1985, the Conservancy sold the lake to the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, who redesignated it Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge.


With around 20,000 visitors per year, Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the least crowded parks in the system. It almost feels like a roadside park because, effectively, it is. There are docks and a short boardwalk and an outfitter on site. A gentleman I met on the dock told me that fishermen tie strips of cloth to trees to find their way around. It’s apparently quite thick with cypress.


Banks Lake is part of the Grand Bay-Banks Lake ecosystem, the second largest freshwater wetland in Georgia, after the Okefenokee Swamp.


The refuge, managed by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, does not have on-site staff. Fishing is allowed, for those with valid licenses.

Lanier County Ga Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

For information on this natural wonder of Georgia, please visit the refuge website.



Filed under --LANIER COUNTY GA--, Lakeland GA

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Morgan

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Morgan Calhoun County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Perhaps due to to its lyrical name, the Ichawaynochaway is one of the best known waterways of Southwest Georgia. (Locals often shorten the name to Nochaway). But it’s also one of the longest “creeks” in the state, cutting its way through nearly 84 miles of red Georgia clay. It rises near Weston, in Webster County and flows through Stewart, Randolph, Terrell, and Calhoun counties before joining the Flint River in Baker County. Perhaps dry runs in the summer months are the reason it isn’t called a river, but when viewed at high water in wet seasons it’s as much a river as any other in the region.

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Morgan GA Calhoun County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

There’s debate as to the origin of the name, but it’s a Muskogee word. Some suggest it refers to either beaver or deer but the more popular theory asserts that it means “the place where  deer sleep”. The latter seems likely, considering it runs adjacent to some of the best hunting lands in Georgia.

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Sunrise on Morgan Lake, Long County

Morgan Lake Altamaha River Long County GA Sunrise Fog Logged Out Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Driving east on US 84 between Jesup and Ludowici you’ll pass a number of “lakes” and “branches”. This section of Morgan Lake has been logged out recently, but it’s a beautiful sight at sunrise, nonetheless.


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