Hagan Bridge to Franklinville, Withlacoochee River, 2018-02-11

Join WWALS for a leisurely Sunday 5.7 mile paddle on the Withlacoochee from Hagan Bridge Landing to Franklinville Road Landing, through a very rural region of Lowndes County, Georgia, on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT).

When: 10 AM, Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Put In: Hagan Bridge Landing, MILE 84.4, 5110 GA Hwy 122 E, Hahira, GA 31632, Lowndes County. 5 miles east of Hahira, GA. Between Hahira and Lakeland. Also known as GA 122 Withlacoochee Access.

GPS: 31.013966, -83.299306

Take Out: Franklinville Road Landing, MILE 78.71, 6560 Franklinville Road, Hahira, GA 31632. Lowndes County. Between Hahira and Moody AFB on dirt Franklinville Road off of Skipper Bridge Road. Do come in from Skipper Bridge Road: Tyler Bridge on Franklinville Road is closed, so you can’t get to the landing there from Cat Creek Road. On the way out we will view the Franklinville Monument, marking the original county seat of Lowndes County.

Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.

Free: This outing is Free! And we recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!

Event: facebook, meetup

Three paddlers, Withlacoochee River, 2014-04-20
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, 2014-04-20.

We’ve done this stretch once, four years ago.

Duration: 4Hours

Shuttle distance: 6.5 Miles

Shuttle duration: 30 Minutes

Paddle distance: 5.7

Paddle duration: 3.5 Hours

Gauge: Skipper Bridge, USGS 023177483.

Skipper Bridge USGS 023177483 Withlacoochee River Gauge

It read 10.7 (131 NAVD88) on April 20, 2013, which was a good level, because we could float right over any deadfalls, although we did have to duck under overhanging trees, and there was often some question of exactly where the channel was.

Right now it’s at 2 feet (122 NAVD88), barely above low stage of 122.1. It should be higher than that in a rainy February.

Host: Phil Hubbard

Contact: Phil Hubbard

Backup: in case of high or low water is: Ray’s Millpond, 875 Rays Millpond Rd, Ray City, GA 31645, 31.081289, -83.172873.

More: For more outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS calendar.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!