Suwannee RIVERKEEPER® invites you on a brief paddle down the Suwannee River from the CR 141 ramp to the Sabal Trail pipeline path, and onwards to Suwannee River State Park (SRSP) Ramp, preceded by speakers at SRSP. The last time we paddled this route we were live on the WCTV 6 o’clock news. Like that time, this is a completely legal nonviolent protest event against the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, right now drilling under the Suwannee River.
Bring the usual personal flotation device, boat paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. With bon-bons, of course.
Simultaneously another event NOT organized by WWALS is taking place: Mass Civil Disobedience to Stop the Suwannee River Crossing. If you want to do anything that might not be legal, go to that other, non-WWALS event.
To hear directly from the organizers of the various events, come to Rivers against Sabal Trail in Live Oak 7PM Jan 12 2017 —Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
The January 14th WWALS Suwannee River paddle is resolutely legal, on the navigable waters of the Outstanding Florida Water, the Suwannee River, or on its banks below the high water mark. There is no perfect guarantee, but this WWALS outing is about as safe legally as you can get.
When: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
10:30 AM deposit boats at CR 141 Ramp (the green map marker). The boats will be watched by a WWALS volunteer.
Shuttle to SRSP by 11AM for speakers there (the blue map marker).
Noon shuttle back to CR 141 Ramp to be on the water by 12:30 PM
to get to the pipeline crossing by 1PM (the red map marker).
Afternoon take out at SRSP and shuttle those who need it back to CR 141 Ramp.
Sabal Trail crossing: 30.407098, -83.156179, the red map marker, which is only about 2,000 feet downstream of the CR 141 Ramp.
Duration: about 4 hours, about half on land
Free: This outing is Free! And we recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!
Directions to CR 141 Ramp from the southeast: From US 90, turn right onto NE Myrrh Street; cross the Withlacoochee River (road becomes CR 141); turn right on SW 74 Street; turn right on SW 44 Lane; travel south to SW 77 Street; turn left and follow to boat ramp.
Directions to CR 141 Ramp from the north: Follow I-75 S to FL-6 W in Hamilton County; Take exit 460 from I-75 S; Turn right onto FL-6 W; Turn left onto SW Co Rd 141; Turn left onto SW 74th St; Turn right onto SW 44th Ln/SW 74th St; Turn right onto SW 44th Ln; SW 44th Ln turns left and becomes SW 77th St; SW 77th St turns left and becomes SW 46th Ave; Destination will be on the right.
Shuttle Distance: 6 miles one way
Shuttle duration: 20 minutes one way
Paddle Distance: 2.7 miles
Paddle Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on time at pipeline path
Gage: Suwannee River at Ellaville (US 90). There should be plenty of water, and weather predictions are for 70 degrees.
Host and Contact: Phil Hubbard
Backup: In case of water level or other problems, go to the other WWALS event that same morning, Cook County Landing (GA 76) to Folsom Bridge (GA 122), Little River 2016-01-14.
In order of distance from the outing:
Suwannee River State Park, 6.2 miles, 18 minutes
3631 201st Path, Live Oak, FL 32060
904-362-2746, Reservations: 800-326-3521
Not clear they’ll let you carry boats off-site
SRSP doesn’t rent boats.
Suwannee River Canoe Rental, 6.3 miles, 14 minutes
4404 193rd Drive, Live Oak, FL 32060
Lucas is happy to rent canoes or kayaks. You can come to his place; he will deliver you and the boats to CR 141 and pick them up later at SRSP.
Suwannee Canoe Outpost, 21.5 miles, 39 minutes
2461 95th Drive Live Oak, FL 32060
American Canoe Adventures, 35 miles, 42 minutes
10610 Bridge St, White Springs, Florida 32096
VSU CORE Outdoors, 42 miles, 47 minutes
1301-1387 Sustella Ave, Valdosta, GA 31601
Renter must be associated with Valdosta State University
Moody Air Force Base Support Squadron, 52 miles, 62 minutes
Bemiss Rd, Moody AFB, GA 31699
Renter must be associated with U.S. military
Banks Lake Outpost, 50 miles, 64 minutes
307 GA-122, Lakeland, GA 31635
Suwannee River Outfitters, 53 miles, 66 minutes
729 Fargo Hwy, Fargo, Georgia
And still more outfitters, mostly farther away.
More Outings and events
For more outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS calendar.
And here is far more about the Sabal Trail pipeline and how you can help stop it.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper, 229-242-0102, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!