St. Marys Riverkeeper


Rick Frey
[email protected]
(404) 909-0667



The St. Marys River is a true gift to all that live within her watershed. A refreshingly clean and pristine blackwater and estuarial river, the St. Marys has no upstream cities for wastewater disposal or surface runoff, no power plants or heavy industry, no agriculture with the exception of silvaculture which requires no fertilizers or pesticides, no development, and little population. Its source is the Okeefenokee (Swamp) National Wild Life Refuge and its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean bordered by Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia, on its North and Amelia Island, Florida, to its South. It is truly a drinkable, fishable and swimmable river resource for all its inhabitants and visitors to enjoy, one of the few such rivers on the East Coast of the USA. The mission of St. Marys Riverkeeper is to preserve and keep it that way and to celebrate its pristine beauty. 

Rick Frey found himself in St. Marys, Georgia upon retirement in 2010. Astounded that the St. Marys River had no Riverkeeper when every other major coastal river in the Southeast had, he knew his mission would be to help establish a Riverkeeper in order to protect this awesome, scenic and wild resource. Frey joined the Board of Directors of the St. Marys EarthKeepers, became certified as a Florida and Georgia Master naturalist, trained as a kayak guide for a local outfitter, a trained volunteer guide for Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okeefenokee National Wildlife Preserve, appointed Chairman of the RiverWatch Committee of the St. Marys EarthKeepers and soon was appointed by the Commissioners of Camden County as their at large representative to the St. Marys River Management Committee.


506 Bailey St.
St. Marys, Georgia 31558