What is Oakmulgee?
Simply put, "Oakmulgee" is a district in the Talladega National Forest. It is derived from the native american word Ockmulgee, which means boiling water (or bubbling spring).
But nothing in life is simple.
Our story begins a few feet from there on January 1st 1936. The national forest wouldn't be officially created until July 17th of that year but on that fateful New Years Day, at the base of the mountain (by Bibb County standards anyway), the man that I inherited my love for the outdoors from was born. My Granddaddy (pictured center) was born at the tail end of "The Great Depression" in rural Alabama, when hunting and fishing was more of a literal way of life than it was a recreational activity. However, it's also has been asked that if you're doing what you love, is it really considered work? And I can honestly say, he definitely loved hunting and fishing. He passed that passion along to my Daddy (pictured far right). Yes I know I referred to them as Daddy and Granddaddy, but we're southern and that's part of southern culture so get over it. Eventually everyone would move away from Oakmulgee. My dad would make his way to Kentucky, where I was born and raised.
In Kentucky, my Daddy would raise me the same way his Daddy had raised him.... farming, fishing, hunting, and playing sports. The GPS coordinates changed but the passions hadn't. I inevitably had to grow up and find a career. I was lucky enough to get one of the best jobs in the world as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave National Park. home of the world's longest known cave (currently over 426 mapped miles) and more "bubbling springs" than you could care to count. I had found my Oakmulgee in Kentucky.
Sadly being a Park Ranger only pays enough to keep the lights on if you are on solar power. I moved on to other things but that move helped open the door to pursue my passions even more. I started fishing competitively in the national circuits, spent countless hours on the Green River fishing and kayaking, and enjoying everything that the outdoors in Kentucky has to offer.
That brings us to now. I am fortunate enough to be able to share that passion with you by offering guide kayak trips in central Kentucky. We offer fishing trips and limited small game trips depending on the time of the year. We can target a variety of species of fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, hybrid bass, crappie, and bluegill. During the summer months we focus on the Green River outside of Mammoth Cave National Park and trips on the local lakes such as Nolin River Lake, Green River Lake, and Rough River Lake during the months that lake traffic isn't as heavy.