The water was a bit high at the Withlacoochee River Hagan Bridge Landing, east of Hahira on GA 122.Skipper Bridge USGS Gauge showed about 7.5′ (127.75′ NAVD88). That’s well below the action stage of 131.0′ NAVD88.
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the same gauge showed about 4.5′ (124.5′ NAVD88), so it was about three feet lower. But that’s still well above the low stage of 122.1′ NAVD88.
Still plenty of water for fishing, too.
Our current WWALS recommendations on the Skipper Bridge Gauge are at least 122.6 (2.3) to avoid dragging your boat, and no more than 131′ (10.7) to avoid getting lost in the flood plain. So this would not be a bad time to paddle the five river miles from Hagan Bridge to the next stop on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), Franklinville Landing, in about two and a half hours.
We did that in February 2018, when the Skipper Bridge gauge showed about 6.6′ (126.9′ NAVD88), so right in between the water levels of the first two pictures.
Except now we have the pesky problem of how to shuttle in a pandemic.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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