Troupville Boat Ramp Cleanup, Little River, 2018-10-13

Update 2018-10-13: Pictures.

Update 2018-10-12: Yes, the cleanup is still on for Saturday, October 13, 2018.

A fun Saturday morning by the Little River: WWALS cleanup of the Troupville Boat Ramp and adjacent riverfront down to the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, in conjunction with Rivers Alive and Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB). We have the enthusiastic support of the landowners south of the boat ramp to the Confluence, including much of the site of historic Troupville, the former seat of Lowndes County before Valdosta, in the middle of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

When: 8:00 AM – Noon, 2018-10-13

Put In: Troupville Boat Ramp, 19664 Valdosta Hwy, Valdosta, GA 31602: on GA 133 off I-75 exit 18, in Lowndes County, just west of Valdosta.

GPS: 30.85131, -83.34743

Bring: Cleanup materials will be provided, but if you’ve got a trash picker, bring it along.
No boat required. You can bring a boat if you like, but unless it rains before then, there will be very little water in the river.

Free: This outing is free. We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!

Event: facebook, meetup

All ages, Sign
Photo: Bobby McKenzie from the last WWALS Troupville Boat Ramp Cleanup, 2018-04-21.

Take Out: NA

Duration: 3 hours

Shuttle distance: None

Shuttle duration: none

Paddle distance: none

Paddle duration: none

Host: Bobby McKenzie

Contact: Bobby McKenzie

Landowners: Helen Tapp will probably be there, and she has expressed enthusiastic support on behalf of the landowners in Between the Rivers LLC, down to the confluence of the Little River with the Withlacoochee River.

Lowndes County parcel 0057 003, Between the Rivers LLC
Site of Troupville at the confluence of the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, Lowndes County parcel 0057 003, Between the Rivers LLC

History: The nineteenth-century residents of Troupville picked up everything and moved it when Valdosta was founded where the railroad was coming, so there’s not much to see but beautiful riverfront. Unfortunately, there is trash, which we will clean up. We hope to have some history experts explaining what used to be there.

Sketch of Old Troupville, GA by C.S. Morgan
Sketch of Old Troupville, GA by C.S. Morgan, in Ray City History Blog, 9 February 2014, Map of Old Troupville, GA with Notes on the Residents.

The site of Troupville actually extended upstream on both rivers beyond US 133, with much of it on the Little River now part of the grounds of Valdosta State Prison, and much on the Withlacoochee River owned by the City of Valdosta.

Downstream of GA 133, which apparently follows the route of the old stagecoach road, Troupville Boat Ramp and the larger area owned by Valdosta-Lowndes Parks & Recreational Authority (VLPRA) are also on the site of Troupville.

But the lesser-seen privately owned area south of the VLPRA land to the confluence is what we will concentrate on cleaning up.

Gauge: Hahira Gauge, Little River at GA 122, near Hahira, GA, Lowndes County, GA (USGS 02318380).

No boat required, but in case you want to bring one: Highest safe 11 feet, 144 NAVD. Lowest boatable 4.25 feet, 137 NAVD.

Hahira Little River Gauge

Backup: in case of high or low water is: none. This is a cleanup on land. If the weather’s too bad to do that, it will be too bad to do anything.

More: For more WWALS outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS calendar or the WWALS outings and events web page. WWALS members also get an upcoming list in the Tannin Times newsletter.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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