Lanier Park to CSX RR track Hotchkiss Road, WWALS outing 2015-07-11

Update 10 July 2015: Outing leader Chris Graham says there’s plenty of water, so we’ll be putting in on the Alapaha River tomorrow morning at Lanier Park. However, he says we’ll be taking out at Hotchkiss Road (instead of CSX RR), so about 14 miles or seven hours. Bring your lunch and plenty of water. See you at 8AM. -jsq

Breeze over mild rapids past sand beaches on the Alapaha River, from Lakeland to US 84.

It’s long, but there should be no deadfalls. In most places the river may be so low you could stand up, but as always bring your personal flotation device.

When: 8AM Saturday, July 11th, 2015
What: 15 mile paddle from Lanier Park to CSX RR track on the public right way.
Duration: 7-8 hours, after a 30 minute shuttle
Directions: Highway 122 about 1.5 miles west of Lakeland, GA, turn south on unmarked dirt road just west of river to ramp.
Responsible party: Chris Graham

This event is FREE! All we ask is that you are a current member of WWALS Watershed Coalition. If not, it’s easy to join online today at /donations/. You do not have to be a member to come on this outing. If you like the experience, we recommend that you join to support the efforts of WWALS.

This is a longer version of our August 2014 outing from Hotchkiss Road to US 84. continuing our exploration of the the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT), right in the center of it. You can see these access points on the ARWT interactive Map.

Statenville gauge needs to be 1.5′ or higher.

If the Alapaha River is too high or too low, we will go to the backup plan:

Backup location: Banks Lake
When: 8AM Saturday, July 11th, 2015
Directions: 2.9 miles west of Lakeland, GA on US 122.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to come to the Third Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, Saturday May 16, 2015 at Reed Bingham State Park on the Little River between Moultrie and Adel.

And come explore the ARWT downstream, Sunday June 14th in Florida from Sasser Landing to Jennings Bluff with a walk to the Dead River Sink,

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.


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