Pictures: Staten Road to Langdale Park, Withlacoochee River 2016-03-20

20 people in 17 boats on an astoundingly beautiful rural blackwater river into the biggest city in the entire Suwannee River Basin: Boat parade! 30.9315739, -83.2905044 here are pictures from the WWALS outing from Staten Road Bridge in Lowndes County to Langdale Park on the edge of Valdosta, both in south Georgia, Spring Equinox, Sunday 20 March 2016. Thanks to everyone who came, especially to WWALS Outings Chair Chris Mericle for leading the expedition, and to Georgia Page, Steve, and Travis of the Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA) for letting us into Langdale Park even though it was closed for renovations. Gretchen Quarterman went on Charlie Walker’s 99.5 KIX Country radio show the next morning to tell everybody about it.

Only four people fell into the river. Drying out: the first two to swim! 30.9252319, -83.3027420 That’s the same number as on the last outing at Langdale Park, but this time two of them fell in twice: Charlie Walker and Terri Duckett Jenkins. All are well; the water was probably about 60 degrees, and the air the same or warmer, so while a few people got chilly, there was no serious danger of hypothermia. But everybody got motivated to understand what I said at the start: put your life jacket on before you fall in. Everybody who fell in was actually wearing a personal floatation device, but some of our normally recalcitrant boaters got motivated to be proactive and put theirs on.

I saw no invasive species, and plenty of cypress, oaks, pines, a really nice holly tree, blooming native wild azalea, resurrection fern on the trees, and palmetto on the ground. A few fish jumped, a few turtles, many birds singing, and a few seen (ducks, woodpecker, buzzards). No gators; seldem do we see those this far up the Withlacoochee River.

Water levels floated us over most deadfalls. USGS gage, between US 41 bridges on west bank 30.8926620, -83.3188476 They rose during the outing at Skipper Bridge Road from about 5.25 (125.55 NAVD88) to 5.5 feet (125.80 NAVD88), and at US 41 (North Valdosta Road) from about 8.0 (118.30 NAVD88) to 8.1 feet (118.31 NAVD88).

We’re working up an award for Fallers. And I’m worried: I currently hold the record for falling into the most WWALS rivers, but two people have now tied my record for falling twice into the same river on the same outing.

This is part of our ongoing exploration of the new Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail. Gretchen and Betty crossing behind me on the river 30.9023323, -83.3118133 Join us at Reed Bingham State Park, between Moultrie and Adel,

And we hope to see you at some of the other upcoming WWALS outings and events!

WWALS banner: Not the whole group (some had to go straight home when they got off the river) but we had a great time. Thank you all. See also facebook pictures sets by Gretchen Quarterman (including the one here of the WWALS banner) and Julie Bowland.

I took the pictures below. Click on any small picture for a bigger one. Click on any latlong coordinates for a map.

-jsq

Panorama

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Movie: Under the Staten Road Bridge (1.9M)
Movie: Under the Staten Road Bridge (1.9M)

At the gate, Langdale Park 30.8869324, -83.3153076
At the gate, Langdale Park 30.8869324, -83.3153076

Travis opens the gate
Travis opens the gate

The gate took some shoving 30.8872280, -83.3154221
The gate took some shoving 30.8872280, -83.3154221

Withlacoochee River sand bar at boat ramp 30.8876972, -83.3238907
Withlacoochee River sand bar at boat ramp 30.8876972, -83.3238907

Cars at boat ramp, Langdale Park 30.8876972, -83.3238907
Cars at boat ramp, Langdale Park 30.8876972, -83.3238907

Log jam above boat ramp 30.8876972, -83.3238907
Log jam above boat ramp 30.8876972, -83.3238907

Boarding at Staten Road 30.9328155, -83.2884979
Boarding at Staten Road 30.9328155, -83.2884979

Here we go 30.9328232, -83.2884826
Here we go 30.9328232, -83.2884826

More people 30.9327984, -83.2884979
More people 30.9327984, -83.2884979

Heading out
Heading out

Downstream under the Staten Road Bridge
Downstream under the Staten Road Bridge

Movie: Around the first bend (1.2M)
Movie: Around the first bend (1.2M)

Panorama
Panorama

Unnamed tiny creek 30.9325313, -83.2899856
Unnamed tiny creek 30.9325313, -83.2899856

Or is it a tiny branch 30.9322262, -83.2902374
Or is it a tiny branch 30.9322262, -83.2902374

Boat parade! 30.9315739, -83.2905044
Boat parade! 30.9315739, -83.2905044

Clump of oaks
Clump of oaks

Horizontal tree
Horizontal tree

Holly tree and Dennis Price 30.9308224, -83.2920837
Holly tree and Dennis Price 30.9308224, -83.2920837

Resurrection fern
Resurrection fern

Dividing tree 30.9297161, -83.2929306
Dividing tree 30.9297161, -83.2929306

Gretchen Quarterman, a radio personality, and the Red Cross 30.9296436, -83.2928085
Gretchen Quarterman, a radio personality, and the Red Cross 30.9296436, -83.2928085

Boat ramp on power line right of way (south or left bank)
Boat ramp on power line right of way (south or left bank)

With boats 30.9288998, -83.2927246
With boats 30.9288998, -83.2927246

Power line (north or right bank) 30.9288425, -83.2927704
Power line (north or right bank) 30.9288425, -83.2927704

Wrested vegetation 30.9288196, -83.2927933
Wrested vegetation 30.9288196, -83.2927933

Ferns above, palmettos below 30.9274635, -83.2946854
Ferns above, palmettos below 30.9274635, -83.2946854

The very picture of a lazy river 30.9274845, -83.2946930
The very picture of a lazy river 30.9274845, -83.2946930

Power line is just behind those trees 30.9288406, -83.2963562
Power line is just behind those trees 30.9288406, -83.2963562

Blue, green, and sun
Blue, green, and sun

Narrow 30.9258232, -83.3007507
Narrow 30.9258232, -83.3007507

Prof Can Denizman heads for a tight bend
Prof Can Denizman heads for a tight bend

There they go 30.9247742, -83.3020401
There they go 30.9247742, -83.3020401

Mostly around 30.9247742, -83.3020401
Mostly around 30.9247742, -83.3020401

Can is next 30.9247456, -83.3021011
Can is next 30.9247456, -83.3021011

Its the Potter family 30.9248714, -83.3021316
Its the Potter family 30.9248714, -83.3021316

Drying out: the first two to swim! 30.9252319, -83.3027420
Drying out: the first two to swim! 30.9252319, -83.3027420

Wide and swampy 30.9236774, -83.3024368
Wide and swampy 30.9236774, -83.3024368

Tire and other trash
Tire and other trash

Betty Marini, mariner 30.9215317, -83.3025970
Betty Marini, mariner 30.9215317, -83.3025970

Betty paddled right around those trees 30.9215317, -83.3025970
Betty paddled right around those trees 30.9215317, -83.3025970

Bay Branch 30.9218769, -83.3037567
Bay Branch 30.9218769, -83.3037567

Bay Branch 2 30.9218769, -83.3037567
Bay Branch 2 30.9218769, -83.3037567

Bay Branch 3 30.9219456, -83.3038177
Bay Branch 3 30.9219456, -83.3038177

Gretchen and a log or two 30.9212112, -83.3040085
Gretchen and a log or two 30.9212112, -83.3040085

Betty boating along: she never fell in
Betty boating along: she never fell in

Oops; somebody else fell in
Oops; somebody else fell in

Somebody helping 30.9198799, -83.3041305
Somebody helping 30.9198799, -83.3041305

And Can Denizman is back in his boat 30.9198799, -83.3041305
And Can Denizman is back in his boat 30.9198799, -83.3041305

This looks like a repeat performancy by our first fallers
This looks like a repeat performancy by our first fallers

Onwards
Onwards

Cypress and oaks just below the end of Sermons Lane 30.9180698, -83.3090057
Cypress and oaks just below the end of Sermons Lane 30.9180698, -83.3090057

Sermons Branch 30.9183655, -83.3092956
Sermons Branch 30.9183655, -83.3092956

Sermons Branch 2 30.9183788, -83.3093262
Sermons Branch 2 30.9183788, -83.3093262

Sermons Branch 3 30.9183807, -83.3093414
Sermons Branch 3 30.9183807, -83.3093414

Sermons Branch 4 30.9037666, -83.3112030
Sermons Branch 4 30.9037666, -83.3112030

Turned around to see who was coming 30.9183998, -83.3093643
Turned around to see who was coming 30.9183998, -83.3093643

Gretchen around a narrow spot 30.9161796, -83.3112946
Gretchen around a narrow spot 30.9161796, -83.3112946

Trees trying to touch across the river
Trees trying to touch across the river

Snaky trees 30.9127579, -83.3125992
Snaky trees 30.9127579, -83.3125992

Dramatic shadows
Dramatic shadows

Betty paddling below end of River Chase Drive 30.9060707, -83.3113861
Betty paddling below end of River Chase Drive 30.9060707, -83.3113861

A small digression
A small digression

Gretchen paddling by 30.9049759, -83.3110275
Gretchen paddling by 30.9049759, -83.3110275

Caught up with Betty and Gretchen 30.9049568, -83.3111725
Caught up with Betty and Gretchen 30.9049568, -83.3111725

Shadrick Sink is overland that way 30.9048519, -83.3111114
Shadrick Sink is overland that way 30.9048519, -83.3111114

Withlacoochee River 30.9048519, -83.3111114
Withlacoochee River 30.9048519, -83.3111114

Nice tree
Nice tree

Gretchen photographing 30.9037476, -83.3111343
Gretchen photographing 30.9037476, -83.3111343

KIMG4009 30.9036865, -83.3110122
KIMG4009 30.9036865, -83.3110122

A path on the bank 30.9028644, -83.3110122
A path on the bank 30.9028644, -83.3110122

Path picture 2 30.9028644, -83.3110122
Path picture 2 30.9028644, -83.3110122

Path picture 3 30.9028644, -83.3110122
Path picture 3 30.9028644, -83.3110122

A creek?
A creek?

Tangled roots; somewhere around here is Cherry Creek but nobody spotted it
Tangled roots; somewhere around here is Cherry Creek but nobody spotted it

Withlacoochee River slough 30.9016113, -83.3117218
Withlacoochee River slough 30.9016113, -83.3117218

Slough opening out 30.9020367, -83.3117981
Slough opening out 30.9020367, -83.3117981

Broad and smooth slough 30.9022999, -83.3118362
Broad and smooth slough 30.9022999, -83.3118362

Gretchen and Betty crossing behind me on the river 30.9023323, -83.3118133
Gretchen and Betty crossing behind me on the river 30.9023323, -83.3118133

Slough glassy with pollen 30.9025326, -83.3117828
Slough glassy with pollen 30.9025326, -83.3117828

Back to the river 30.9022674, -83.3119888
Back to the river 30.9022674, -83.3119888

Flotsam, presumably out of Cherry Creek
Flotsam, presumably out of Cherry Creek

Theyre ahead of me 30.9021549, -83.3122177
Theyre ahead of me 30.9021549, -83.3122177

Betty boat beneath the trees
Betty boat beneath the trees

Movie: Under the oaks (1.2M)
Movie: Under the oaks (1.2M)

Which way? 30.9015426, -83.3123856
Which way? 30.9015426, -83.3123856

Lets go on 30.8995895, -83.3139267
Lets go on 30.8995895, -83.3139267

Gretchen and Betty 30.8995361, -83.3139496
Gretchen and Betty 30.8995361, -83.3139496

Trees reaching for every sunbeam 30.8983288, -83.3144226
Trees reaching for every sunbeam 30.8983288, -83.3144226

Darker trees reaching 30.8983879, -83.3144226
Darker trees reaching 30.8983879, -83.3144226

Access path 30.8980064, -83.3141098
Access path 30.8980064, -83.3141098

Sun starting to sink a little 30.8979892, -83.3141022
Sun starting to sink a little 30.8979892, -83.3141022

Access path? 30.8965339, -83.3142319
Access path? 30.8965339, -83.3142319

Stillhouse Branch 30.8959427, -83.3147049
Stillhouse Branch 30.8959427, -83.3147049

Coming out of the Country Club 30.8959427, -83.3147049
Coming out of the Country Club 30.8959427, -83.3147049

Movie: Stillhouse Branch (1.5M)
Movie: Stillhouse Branch (1.5M)

Looks like you could paddle quite a ways up Stillhouse Branch
Looks like you could paddle quite a ways up Stillhouse Branch

Gretchen on the river, seen from Stilhouse Branch 30.8955650, -83.3147964
Gretchen on the river, seen from Stilhouse Branch 30.8955650, -83.3147964

Back to the Withlacoochee River
Back to the Withlacoochee River

Betty and Gretchen almost there 30.8938427, -83.3188171
Betty and Gretchen almost there 30.8938427, -83.3188171

US 41 bridge downstream 30.8932800, -83.3185959
US 41 bridge downstream 30.8932800, -83.3185959

Embankment east, US 41 bridge
Embankment east, US 41 bridge

Embankment west, US 41 bridge 30.8927192, -83.3188934
Embankment west, US 41 bridge 30.8927192, -83.3188934

Gretchen and Betty seen from under the US 41 bridge and power line 30.8926811, -83.3188324
Gretchen and Betty seen from under the US 41 bridge and power line 30.8926811, -83.3188324

USGS gage, between US 41 bridges on west bank 30.8926620, -83.3188476
USGS gage, between US 41 bridges on west bank 30.8926620, -83.3188476

They made it under the bridge 30.8928051, -83.3188705
They made it under the bridge 30.8928051, -83.3188705

Tree top 30.8911629, -83.3201523
Tree top 30.8911629, -83.3201523

Log in tree
Log in tree

Another interesting tree top 30.8896923, -83.3218612
Another interesting tree top 30.8896923, -83.3218612

This was a big obstacle when water was lower
This was a big obstacle when water was lower

Can hear them from here 30.8883553, -83.3228226
Can hear them from here 30.8883553, -83.3228226

The little creek where we put in on a previous trip
The little creek where we put in on a previous trip

Park bench
Park bench

Gretchen and Betty coming around the last log jam 30.8875732, -83.3239441
Gretchen and Betty coming around the last log jam 30.8875732, -83.3239441

Boats on the grass 30.8875408, -83.3239441
Boats on the grass 30.8875408, -83.3239441

Cameraman setting up
Cameraman setting up

Getting ready for final picture 30.8875599, -83.3239822
Getting ready for final picture 30.8875599, -83.3239822

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