A healthy watershed with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.
Pictures: Withlacoochee River, GA 122 to Franklinville Road 2013-04-20
One of the remotest segments of the Withlacoochee River, yet
with easy access, and when the water was high enough. Also one of the least-attended WWALS outings, because we
hadn’t really gotten the hang of
announcing outings yet. But that just made it more intimate for
the three of us who went. I got especially intimate with the river,
choosing to swim twice. I always choose to swim when the water
comes up to meet me…. Eventually I learned not to lean towards
the side you’re tipping towards.
The closest USGS gauge is
a bit downstream at
Skipper Bridge Road. It read about 10.7 feet on 20 April 2013,
which was its peak for that week. That’s well below flood stage (15
feet), yet was high enough for quite a bit of spread sideways into
the flood plain in spots. Also you can see we were pretty close to
some overhanging branches in spots. And no worries about deadfalls!
Floated right over them. Thanks to Bret Wagenhorst for organizing
this expedition on the Withlacoochee River from GA 122 to
Franklinville Road Bridge, 20 April 2016.
Below are Gretchen Quarterman’s pictures from that outing. Click
on any small picture to see a larger one.