Water is integral to life at Osprey Cove. With the St. Marys River running through the spectacular marshes that cozy up to our community, and the ocean within easy reach, many of the pleasures of living here center around adventures on the water. Our members love kayaking the river, meandering down the boardwalk along the river’s edge, taking a sunset cruise, grabbing a drink with friends at the marshfront Tiki Hut, or fishing for tarpon, Spanish and King mackerel, cobia, and reds. Along the Cumberland Island National Seashore, mere minutes away, the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia, there are 18 miles of white-sand beaches perfect for beachcombing. There you can catch a glimpse of wild horses, dolphins, sea turtles, shore birds and much more. And, of course, for those who choose a marsh or riverfront home or homesite, the joys of life on the water are never-ending.
St. Marys is bounded on the south by the St. Marys River, on the east by the North River and on the north by the Crooked River. For boat charters, join one of the many available captains for an eventful day of sightseeing on the waterways.
Kayaking and Canoeing are by far the most beautiful ways to enjoy our coast. If you’re looking for a little bit of adventure and a whole lot of fun, or just an opportunity to enjoy a little sunshine, fresh air and wide-open spaces, the St Marys River has your cure. “Up the Creek Adventures” specializes in professionally Guided Kayak Tours and Giant War Canoe tours on some of the most iconic and picturesque waterways in St Marys, Georgia, Jacksonville and Amelia Island. http://www.upthecreekx.com/
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
This pristine 680-square-mile wilderness is an ecological wonder. Wetlands provide a critical habitat for abundant wildlife and migratory birds. Take a walk on the 4,000-foot boardwalk and view the prairie from the observation tower. Take a guided boat tour or rent a canoe or motorboat for self-guided tour. Activities include fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and photo opportunities, wilderness camping, canoeing and auto tour. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has 353,981 acres of National Wilderness Area within the refuge boundaries. In addition, the refuge is a Wetland of International Importance because it is one of the world’s largest intact freshwater ecosystems.