Some of us paddled anyway back in February, after we first rescheduled the Mayor’s Paddle, which is coming up next weekend, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Two months earlier, it was smooth sailing for experienced paddlers. The overhanging branches would have been a problem for novices, and there were very few places to get out if you did capsize.
But the Withlacoochee River should be just right by this Saturday,
so come on along!
You’ll get to see the Little River Confluence, future site of Troupville River Camp, when it’s not underwater, as well as the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall (of clean treated water), Millrace Creek and other creeks, as well as three bridges, including our takeout just below Spook Bridge. Thanks to The Langdale Company for access there and at the lunch stop.
WWALS is happy to have Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson as our guest. He will speak before we paddle, as will Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter. We are inviting nearby county and city officials in Georgia and Florida, as well as statehouse and Congress members. Each elected official will get three minutes to speak.
I will say a few words about advocacy, especially water quality testing. Expedition leader Bobby McKenzie will give the safety lecture. Then we will paddle!
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Join us, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Looks like the level at the US 84 Withlacoochee River gauge will be down from the 101 feet NAVD88 (above sealevel, or 17.5′ above the river bottm) it was in February to about 89 NAVD88 (5.5′) or lower.
That dozen feet will make a huge difference. That will be well below Action Stage (99′ NAVD88), and we hope still enough above Low State (85.5′ NAVD88) to avoid too many rapids or boat dragging. It should be fun. Come on along!
Here’s a googlemap of where I took the pictures:
Thease locations are overlaid on a copy of the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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