Pictures: Troupville to Spook Bridge, Withlacoochee River 2019-02-03

WWALS paddled from Troupville Boat Ramp to Spook Bridge (thanks to The Langdale Company for access to take out there) on February 3, 2019. That’s the path planned for Paddle Georgia Day 1, coming up two weeks from now.

[Catching up, 11:08:10, 30.85035, -83.34855]
Catching up, 11:08:10, 30.8503500, -83.3485500

If the rivers rise; they’re much lower now than they were in February.

[Every outing is a cleanup, 10:50:14, 30.8516814, -83.3469376]
Every outing is a cleanup, 10:50:14, 30.8516814, -83.3469376

We passed the famous Mayor John Gayle Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall:

[Boat for scale, 11:29:01, 30.8363189, -83.3591231]
Boat for scale, 11:29:01, 30.8363189, -83.3591231

Yes, the Mayor of Valdosta knows I call it that. He likes that name.

Thanks also to The Langdale Company for land access to this spot:

[Langdale land access, 12:21:18, 30.8253694, -83.3963534]
Langdale land access, 12:21:18, 30.8253694, -83.3963534

Access for Paddle Georgia to put a porta-potty. Better than 300 people using the woods, eh?

It was cold, and our numbers were small, but we had families of paddlers.

[Scotti, J'ree, Sara, Dallas, 13:13:54, 30.82936, -83.40957]
Scotti, J’ree, Sara, Dallas, 13:13:54, 30.8293600, -83.4095700

Surprisingly little trash was found in the river; this was the worst spot.

[Trash, 13:53:36, 30.81449, -83.43643]
Trash, 13:53:36, 30.8144900, -83.4364300

Well, the worst spot for trash. The worst spot is where the exotic invasive Sabal Trail high-pressure fracked methane pipeline gouges under the river.

[Boats at Sabal Trail sign, 14:30:14, 30.7951471, -83.4530279]
Boats at Sabal Trail sign, 14:30:14, 30.7951471, -83.4530279

Nonetheless, much of the trip looked like this, wild, past the biggest city in the Suwannee River Basin.

[Overhanging, 13:46:22, 30.8164710, -83.4303596]
Overhanging, 13:46:22, 30.8164710, -83.4303596

Many more pictures are on the WWALS website.

Apologies for the blurry pictures; I have since replaced my phone case. Later I will post sharper pictures by Gretchen.

Meanwhile, today’s pictures have locations attached. See the google map.

google map

Thanks to Shirley Kokidko for organizing this outing.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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