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James Dykes Memorial Park

Dykes Park is the primary public access in Bleckley County to the Ocmulgee River. It features a boat ramp and a picnic shelter, although no restrooms. The hardwood forest just uphill of the parking area, although it lacks trails, is a good place to find wildflowers.

Access to the park is by a good, paved county road. However someday the park may not have direct river access, as the Ocmulgee is cutting a new channel, and the park may end up with just an oxbow lake.


From the county courthouse in downtown Cochran, go north 0.4 miles on N Second Street (Business US 23/ GA 87). Turn left, crossing the railroad tracks, and follow Porter Road northwest for 4.2 miles. Turn right on Centenary Road (Emergency Rd 1325) and follow it northwest 4.0 miles to the park.
Dykes Park is six miles from the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area. From Dykes Park, take Centenary Road 1.9 miles and turn right (south) on Magnolia Road (Emergency Rd 1327L). Follow Magnolia Road for 4.0 miles and turn at the sign for Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area.
From upstream, the nearest good access is Knowles Landing. Access may also be possible at Westlake. The next major access downstream is at the city of Hawkinsville.


Latitude 32° 24' 51'' N, Longitude 083° 28' 56'' W

Point of Contact

The park is maintained by Bleckley County, but I do not have a point of contact.



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David Farrier, farrier@iglou.com

Dykes Park was last spot checked September 2011
Last edited: 28 July 2013