Nankin to State Line and Sullivan Launch, Withlacoochee River, 2021-08-07

Now with optional continuation downstream to Sullivan Launch!

Current water levels on this route will allow us to reach the original State Line take out 1.5 hour earlier than normal conditions finishing in 3 hours. So we are offering a continuation to Sullivan Launch. Continuing to Sullivan will add 5 miles to the paddle but due to river flow, but will be completed in the original 4.5hr paddle. We will keep the original outing as is but we will extend the paddle to Sullivan Launch for those who want to. Please reply on the meetup, facebook event, or this blog post if you want to paddle on to Sullivan.

For those continuing to Sullivan Launch, the shuttle will leave Nankin promptly at 9 AM. Please make sure you’re unloaded and ready to shuttle before 9 AM, those doing the original take out at the State Line will leave 15 minutes later. The paddle will still start at 10 AM, so you won’t miss anything.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections, WWALS will be enforcing masks on team shuttle whether vaccinated or not. All attendees are encouraged to set up your own shuttles for added safety.

WWALS water quality test results are coming in for Thursday. So far they are looking good.

Wonder why everybody calls State Line Boat Ramp Mozell Spells? Because of Mozell Spell’s Sea Foods, which used to be there. Here is some history of the area near the state line,

[Mozell's Place Post Card]
Mozell’s Place Post Card


Join us on a leisurely Paddle down the Withlacoochee River southwest of Valdosta and Clyattville, dipping into Florida twice. We will visit two second-magnitude springs, of only six in Georgia. We will see the ruins of an old railroad trestle just before State Line Shoals.

When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 3 PM, Saturday, August 7, 2021

Put In: Nankin Boat Ramp, 6899 Clyattville-Nankin Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601, in Lowndes County.

GPS: 30.675192, -83.394143

Take Out: State Line Boat Ramp, with optional continuation to Sullivan Launch.

Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat, paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.

Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. You can pay the $10 at the outing, or online:
https://wwals.net//donations/#outings

We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!
https://wwals.net/donations/#join

Event: facebook, meetup

[Nankin Boat Ramp, River Bend Shoals, McIntyre Spring, Valdosta Railway Trestle]
Nankin Boat Ramp, River Bend Shoals, McIntyre Spring, Valdosta Railway Trestle

Duration: 5 hours

Paddle: 9 miles, with optional additional 5.34 miles, but still within 4.5 hours.

Shuttle: 18 miles, 20 min. with optional extension to Sullivan Launch.
This outing includes the traditional WWALS shuttle. Everybody takes their boats to the put-in, most people drive to the take-out, and the drivers pile into one or two vehicles and go back to the put-in.

For those continuing to Sullivan Launch, the shuttle will leave Nankin promptly at 9 AM. Please make sure you’re unloaded and ready to shuttle before 9 AM, those doing the original take out at the State Line will leave 15 minutes later. The paddle will still start at 10 AM, so you won’t miss anything.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections, WWALS will be enforcing masks on team shuttle whether vaccinated or not. All attendees are encouraged to set up your own shuttles for added safety.

Host: Bobby McKenzie

Contact: Bobby McKenzie

Gage: US 84 Quitman USGS 02318500.

UGSGS 02318500 US 84 Quitman Withlacoochee River Gauge

Before: This is one of our more popular outings. We’ve done it before:

Backup: in case of high or low water is: If water levels are too low, we will move this paddle down to the State Line to Sullivan Launch.

More: For more WWALS outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS outings web page, https://wwals.net/outings/. WWALS members also get an upcoming list in the Tannin Times newsletter.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!