Lately I’ve seen a lot of posts such as “how many miles from Knights Ferry Boat Ramp to Nankin?” That’s 6.65 river miles, or about 3.3 paddle hours, and here’s how you can find out, for the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, for the Alapaha River, and for the Suwannee, Ichetucknee, and Santa Fe Rivers, plus interactive maps.
The Access Points web page for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT) lists all the public boat ramps and landings on the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, with river miles downstream to the next one. Also an estimate of paddling hours, GPS coordinates, icons for amenities, and a link to the most relevant river gauge.
How can you find that web page? Go to wwals.net, look in the menu for Water Trails, and select Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT). Then click on Access Points.
Here’s a screenshot of part of the WLRWT Access web page, for Knights Ferry to the Suwannee River:
Click on the boat ramp name, and you’ll get even more information.
Each access point is supposed to have a picture, but you can see we haven’t put one in for Knights Ferry Boat Ramp yet. Send in your favorite picture; maybe we’ll use it.
Click on the second set of GPS coordinates, and you’ll get a link to the interactive WLRWT map, zoomed in on that location.
You can zoom and pan. For example, here is the Withlacoochee River from Knights Ferry to the state line.
Click on any of the icons along the river to get more information about other boat ramps, shoals, springs, bridges, etc. It’s a google map, so it can also give you directions to that point.
WWALS has drafted water trail brochures with much of this information and more.
Soon we hope to get the funding finished to print them. If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor of those brochures, follow this link.
Speaking of Knights Ferry, somebody stole our water trail signs from there (again).
Watch our virtual cleanup there this coming Saturday morning (April 18, 2020) to watch us repost at least one of those signs.
You’ll also find an access page and an interactive map for the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT), including all the public Okefenokee Swamp access points, and the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers.
There’s even an interactive map of all public landings in the Suwannee River Basin.
These are all works in progress, so we’re all ears for your suggestions.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!