The salt marsh creeks around St. Marys meander lazily through the Spartina, until eventually emptying into the St. Marys River. Paddle through miles of quiet tidal salt marsh with the current while enjoying the peace and solitude as you quietly dip your paddle into the water and drift with the tides.
Dark Entry Creek is part of the Coastal Georgia Greenway; with one put-in/take out located on Highway 40 on the east side of the creek and the other being at the boat ramp in St. Marys. Though the “kayak launch” built at the Highway 40 end of this trip makes large group trips impractical, smaller groups can paddle this trip if they observe the tides and paddle with them. Paddlers launch from Highway 40 after high-tide and ride the ebb tide to St. Marys. On incoming tides, this trip can be done starting in St. Marys and ending at Highway 40.
Although we can never predict what Mother Nature will choose to show us, herons, ibis, wood storks, jumping fish, and the occasional dolphin are frequent companions on this trip. This trip is most often done as a rental with boats either being delivered to or picked-up at the Highway 40 launch site. A shuttle is required for this trip. The distance between put-in and take-out is approximately 9-miles with the shuttle being approximately 3-miles by road.
Single Kayak Rental — $40 w/ all necessary equipment
Tandem Kayak Rental — $60 w/ all necessary equipment
Local Shuttle Fee — $20