Water Levels at Okefenokee Swamp


Changing water levels seem to vary the favorable habitats for many types of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and the vegetation. Do not miss out on the opportunity for some excellent Okefenokee plant and wildlife observations during those unusual times.

As time goes by after a fire, the new growth will entice more and more birds and other wildlife into much of the previously burned areas. Water levels at any given time do seriously influence many species of wading birds and their feeding habits.

Extreme weather conditions foster wildlife migrations that are evident and underway throughout the 700 square mile swamp, whether it’s an alligator crossing a road in search of a better wetland, or Sandhill Cranes and their young moving throughout the prairies or even coming face to face with a pair of very large Black Bears foraging for food in the prairies. Lower water plus rising and falling fluctuations mean that there are usually interesting animal behaviors to observe in the Okefenokee but be aware, it can all change very quickly.

Currently water levels are at or near a more normal water level measurement. Recent consistent rainfall measurements have been closer to norm and average in amounts. We are no longer in a drought or a drought like situation here at Okefenokee. Okefenokee Swamp water levels and moisture indexes are overall much closer to where they should be. Some substantial rain events could change this some more but the prediction is for more average like rainfall amounts and weather.

We can only hope things will stabilize for a while but around here when it does let go it is usually like turning the faucet on full blast.

Sometimes it is better to enjoy whatever it is you have, because you might just get more than you wished for.

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