Distance to Tybee Beach
– 52 miles
Distance to Hinesville
– 26 miles
Distance to Pooler – 26
Distance to Savannah –
Distance to Statesboro
– 24 miles
Distance to Ft. Stewart – 20 miles
Distance to Georgia Southern University – 18 miles
I-16 Industrial Park
Jerry Bacon Memorial Park
Joiner Daylily Gardens – 2269 HWY 119, Pembroke, GA 31321
Liberty Auction – 101 S. Industrial Blvd., Pembroke, GA 31321
The Canoochee River is one of the most enchanting rivers in Georgia to canoe, with its tea-colored swamp water contrasting with white, sandy banks of the Coastal Plain. Beginning near Swainsboro in Emanuel County, the river flows 85 miles though Bryan County and Fort Stewart and past extensive river swamps until it meets the Ogeechee River just north of Interstate 95 near Kings Ferry. Abundant wildlife species are found in the protective swamps, including many species of warblers, woodpeckers, owls, and occasional wading birds in the lower reaches. Turtles, snakes, and frogs thrive in the wet habitat, and alligators are seen peeking out of the water. The river's floodplain provides an important nursery for fish and in the main channel red breast, blue gill, crappie, sunfish, and channel catfish are common catches. The habitat provides refuge to many mammals such as raccoons, opossums, deer, and bobcats. The Canoochee has the reputation of supporting the most numerous and largest water snakes in Georgia. Wasp nests and spider webs hang from vegetation that borders the river. Ogeechee lime, cypress, black and sweet gum, willow, and swamp white oak grow along the banks.
The Canoochee in its upper reaches north of the Evans County line is difficult if not impossible to run most of the year without encountering many deadfalls and requiring countless portages. Some put in at a park northwest of Claxton where GA 169 crosses the Canoochee for a run to US 301, the location of a small public park and a sandstone outcrop known as The Rocks. The next run is from this park to Rogers Bridge where Nevils-Daisy Road crosses. Some choose to continue on to US 280. At US 280, Lotts Creek adds its flow to the Canoochee, creating a much more canoeable stream, and a small park provides easy access. However, 4 miles south from 280, the river enters Fort Stewart Military Reservation and continuing on requires advance permission, or you risk having your canoe confiscated by military authorities. The total run from US 280 to Kings Ferry is 54 river miles, with four access points between for shorter trips. The base provost marshal's office has details of river access on the base.
Fort Stewart is the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River. It covers 279,270 acres, which include parts of Liberty, Long, Bryan, Evans and Tattnall Counties. The reservation is about 39 miles across from east to west, and 19 miles from north to south. Stewart has it all: size, terrain, climate, and location. It's close to the East Coast, and two deep water ports: Savannah and Charleston, S.C. Tank, field artillery, helicopter gunnery and small arms ranges operate simultaneously throughout the year with little time lost to bad weather.
Fort Stewart Military Reservation, Phone (912) 767-4794
Fort Stewart Museum
2022 Frank Cochran Drive
Fort Stewart, GA 31314
Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday; Closed Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays