Withlacoochee River flood paddle 2021-02-27

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!
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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.

[Left: Smooth paddling, Mayor at WWTP Outfall, Sunny overhanging limbs, Buzzards, Lunch stop with Russell's turtle, Spook Bridge]
Left: Smooth paddling, Mayor at WWTP Outfall, Sunny overhanging limbs, Buzzards, Lunch stop with Russell’s turtle, Spook Bridge

[Need a bigger boat, Mayor?, 09:06:29, 30.8515344, -83.3478232]
Need a bigger boat, Mayor?, 09:06:29, 30.8515344, -83.3478232

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!

Click on any small picture to see a larger one.

Little River Confluence

[She enjoyed the paddle, 09:13:08, 30.8470755, -83.3477831]
She enjoyed the paddle, 09:13:08, 30.8470755, -83.3477831

Rapids at lower water

[Convoy, 09:19:51, 30.8456137, -83.3514877]
Convoy, 09:19:51, 30.8456137, -83.3514877

Loch-Winn Branch

[Debris in deadfall, 09:26:07, 30.8417480, -83.3506710]
Debris in deadfall, 09:26:07, 30.8417480, -83.3506710

WWTP Outfall

[Distant WWTP outfall sign, 09:38:15, 30.8363392, -83.3590054]
Distant WWTP outfall sign, 09:38:15, 30.8363392, -83.3590054

Onwards

[Spanish moss, 09:45:31, 30.8361592, -83.3599706]
Spanish moss, 09:45:31, 30.8361592, -83.3599706

Wetherington Branch and beyond

[Serene, 09:54:52, 30.8369990, -83.3645770]
Serene, 09:54:52, 30.8369990, -83.3645770

Vultures

[Buzzards in tree and air, 09:59:59, 30.8377350, -83.3687240]
Buzzards in tree and air, 09:59:59, 30.8377350, -83.3687240

Private river access

[Swing seat, 10:01:37, 30.8377523, -83.3699970]
Swing seat, 10:01:37, 30.8377523, -83.3699970

Buzzard Bend

[Three paddlers, 10:04:02, 30.8384530, -83.3713280]
Three paddlers, 10:04:02, 30.8384530, -83.3713280

More vultures

[Buzzards sunning, 10:04:28, 30.8387100, -83.3714430]
Buzzards sunning, 10:04:28, 30.8387100, -83.3714430

Paddlers

[Sometimes you have to adjust your seating, 10:05:00, 30.8391548, -83.3716954]
Sometimes you have to adjust your seating, 10:05:00, 30.8391548, -83.3716954

Landfill Branch 03110203004643

[Below the landfill, 10:21:00, 30.8308330, -83.3791390]
Below the landfill, 10:21:00, 30.8308330, -83.3791390

Kinderlou

[High left bank, 10:44:28, 30.8255928, -83.3935344]
High left bank, 10:44:28, 30.8255928, -83.3935344

McCree Tract

[Warmer, 11:12:10, 30.8263129, -83.4167596]
Warmer, 11:12:10, 30.8263129, -83.4167596

Lunch spot

[Paddlers and boats, 11:29:31, 30.8160291, -83.4244580]
Paddlers and boats, 11:29:31, 30.8160291, -83.4244580

Banner

[Russell, 11:35:47, 30.8160346, -83.4247496]
Russell, 11:35:47, 30.8160346, -83.4247496

Millrace Creek

[Hidden Millrace Creek, 11:59:28, 30.8147763, -83.4376973]
Hidden Millrace Creek, 11:59:28, 30.8147763, -83.4376973

Sabal Trail fracked methane pipelinne

[Sabal Trail sign in water, 12:38:08, 30.7954320, -83.4524574]
Sabal Trail sign in water, 12:38:08, 30.7954320, -83.4524574

Not this take-out

[US 84 bridge, 12:39:57, 30.7954246, -83.4527787]
US 84 bridge, 12:39:57, 30.7954246, -83.4527787

Bridges

[US 84 Bridge, 12:41:10, 30.7941354, -83.4534191]
US 84 Bridge, 12:41:10, 30.7941354, -83.4534191

SB

[Spook Bridge in the distance, 12:43:51, 30.7909700, -83.4523178]
Spook Bridge in the distance, 12:43:51, 30.7909700, -83.4523178

On land

[Power line right of way, 12:49:44, 30.7896790, -83.4509550]
Power line right of way, 12:49:44, 30.7896790, -83.4509550

STT

[Sabal Trail pipeline (looking south across Tiger Creek), 13:06:10, 30.7902730, -83.4479820]
Sabal Trail pipeline (looking south across Tiger Creek), 13:06:10, 30.7902730, -83.4479820

Flowers

[Yellow jessamine, 13:08:34, 30.7904, -83.4469]
Yellow jessamine, 13:08:34, 30.7904000, -83.4469000

See also pictures on facebook by:

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!

Google Map of picture locations

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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