Altamaha River, formed by the confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers
in southeast Georgia, drains nearly one quarter of the state. The watershed
of the Altamaha and its tributaries encompasses the cities of Athens,
Macon and Milledgeville and parts of Atlanta, stretching from the Upper
Piedmont to the Lower Coastal Plain.
flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Darien at about the mid-point of Georgia's
coastline, carrying millions of gallons of fresh water, nutrients and
sediments to the estuary and coastal area every day. The river and its
floodplain swamps and marshes are among the most undisturbed habitats
in the state, although increasing population in the Coastal Plain and
pressure for development are threatening their pristine nature.