Down at the Little River Confluence, Troupville Boat Ramp, and downstream to Spook Bridge. Before #PaddleGA2019.
While WWALS was welcoming Paddle Georgia boats and boaters, Emma Wheeler of WCTV came to visit, greeted by Shirley Kokidko of WWALS.
The boat ramp looked pretty bare, since somebody stole all the signs of all kinds.
We hung up the new metal signs, top one for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), bottom one for this location, Troupville Boat Ramp. Both are seen here with Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman.
Naturally, the WWALS booth was up and running. Bret Wagenhorst also came by to help later. Gretchen Quarterman was there all day, except for a brief visit to Grassy Pond.
Every WWALS outing is a cleanup, and these Paddle Georgia paddlers helped pick up trash at the Little River Confluence.
Everything from the pylons to the Confluence is Land Between the Rivers, owned by a group of cousins, represented today by Helen Tapp. She is trying to raise money to buy it and add it to the park around Troupville Boat Ramp.
As Shirley Kokidko pointed out, you can see the Little River water coming in on the right of the picture is cleaner than the Withlacoochee River water coming in on the left. No, it has nothing to do with Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which is downstream. This effect is because the Withlacoochee really is muddier upstream right now, due to being almost empty recently, and in the past week getting a lot of rain.
Joe Cook and Gwyneth Moody were organizing Paddle Georgia at Grassy Pond, assisted by Dave Hetzel of WWALS all morning, and Bobby and Monica McKenzie in the afternoon, with John S. Quarterman, Steve Miller, and Gretchen Quarterman there more briefly.
Adventures in Porta-A-Potty delivery occurred thanks to river access by The Langdale Company. This location is halfway between Troupville Boat Ramp and Spook Bridge. The best sport award goes to Scott Hudgins of Outhouse Port-A-Potties, who delivered down roads that have not seen a scrape in recent memory.
This is the actual Port-A-Potty installed. I only made one wrong turn on the way there, and we only got stuck once.
Where we’re avoiding taking out, at US 84, there are small rapids above the bridge, but they are doable.
Downstream from US 84 past the CSX railroad bridge it’s smooth sailing.
At the day 1 takeout, also thanks to The Langdale Company, there are small shoals downstream from Spook Bridge, just above the takeout.
Here’s a view of the put-in from Spook Bridge. It’s on the left bank, just after the shoals.
And here’s the Spook Bridge Port-A-Potty installed. It’s several thousand feet from the river; you’ll see why.
And if all goes according to plan, you’ll see the WWALS golf cart there, ready to shuttle you up and down from the river.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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