WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Who knows the Ockolocoochee River?
No, not the Ochlockonee River; that’s a bit to the west.
You do know the Ockolocoochee River as the Little River,
of the Withlacoochee, of the Suwannee.
Here is news from 1889 that also includes the
boat that didn’t survive from Troupville to Ellaville,
which was apparently not a paddlewheel steamer.
This post is just the first part; more pictures will followare posted with
at Arnold Springs,
Old Clyattville Road Bridge
Mozell Spells (State Line Ramp).
and a few videos are still to come.
On 2016-07-09, the
US 84 Quitman gage showed about 1.75 feet (85.26 NAVD),
and the Pinetta gage showed about 6.57 (53.08 NAVD).
That’s a foot lower than June 22, 2013, when we thought that was already as low as you’d want to paddle.
Below are some pictures.
Click on any small picture to see a larger version.
Pictured: many shoals and rapids.
The Pinetta gage (pictured) read 6.4 feet.
Any lower and more dragging boats would have been necessary.
Lots of cypress, oaks, pines, and other native species.
Not pictured: a large turtle, numerous birds (heron, ibis, hawk, buzzard, others),
and fish (mullet, bass).
Very few invasive species, except the notorious Japanese climbing fern.
WCTV’s Winnie Wright interviewed VSU’s Don Thieme,
and VSU’s Can Denizman navigated her to the
the Cherry Creek sinkhole site for part of her report about
the Withlacoochee River in Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen 2014
Item 9 as threatened by the Sabal Trail pipeline.
Sabal Trail’s Andrea Grover is “disappointed” in being on the Dirty Dozen;
does she also find it “hard to believe” like Sabal Trail’s well-documented
eminent domain threats?
A special meeting was called on Friday, Aug. 22, and the board voted
to pass Resolution 14-10 that expressed their concerns about the
proposed pipeline route across the Withlacoochee River that forms
the western boundary of Hamilton County.
Chris Mericle, local host for the
September WWALS Outing,
spoke to the Hamilton County Commission last Tuesday
about the same section of the Withlacoochee River,
where the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline is proposed to cross.
You can come float past it yourself
Sunday 21 September,
and see many local springs, sinkholes and shoals
that need to be protected from that pipeline,
continuing on to where the pipeline would cross the Suwannee River.
The June WWALS outing is from Clyattville-Nankin Road to Horn Bridge on
Madison Highway (GA 31) on the Withlacoochee River.
Meet at the Clyattville-Nankin Road putin at 9AM, put in at 10AM, Saturday, 22 June 2013.
facebook event if you like.
See you there!
Update 20 June 2013:
How are we getting back to our vehicles with this trip?
We’ll deposit all the boats at
the put-in (Clyattville-Nankin Road), take most of the vehicles
down to the take-out (Horn Bridge on Madison Highway aka GA 31),
carpool in a few vehicles back to the put-in, and float down the river.
Tom Baird described this nine-mile two-hour trip as:
includes where Clyatt Mill Creek enters, a truly fun set of rapids (two
drops) at the Ga – Fla border, a very nice Second Magnitude Spring (that I
have yet to find the correct name), the remains of the enormous abandoned
trestle over the river of the Georgia & Florida Railroad,
or Ole God
Forsaken as it was nicknamed, the ghost town of Olympia on the Georgia side,
and several Indian quarry sites. It is along this section that the river
cuts deeply enough that the banks switch from sand banks to limerock cliffs.
Paddle distance is about 9 miles, so a little over two hours paddling time.
There are plenty of places to stop and look around.
There are shoals right at the state line, so beware, esp. if you’re in a canoe.
The book Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia, by Susanne Welander, Bob Sehlinger, and Don Otey (2004) says: Continue reading →