Two Withlacoochee River 360-degree transits by WWALS on Earthviews 2021-08-16

Thanks to Courtney Gallagher of Earthviews.com and WWALS Intern Bobby McKenzie, you can navigate down the Withlacoochee River from the comfort of your laptop or mobile phone.

Here’s the start of our WWALS fast August 7, 2021, paddle from Clyattville-Nankin Boat Ramp in Georgia to Sullivan Lanuch in Florida.

[Clyattville-Nankin Boat Ramp]
Clyattville-Nankin Boat Ramp

To find this trip, go to https://www.earthviews.com/.

Then click on Atlas in the top menu, to get to https://arcgis.earthviews.com/home.html

In the map that appears, pan to south Georgia, and click on the blue dots on the Withlacoochee River that cross the state line.

That gets you to this first picture: https://arcgis.earthviews.com/public/withlacoochee-nankin-0821#6

But on Earthviews, you can pan 360 degrees around. And you can click on the forward or back arrows to move along. Or you can click on a location on the little map on the right to go there.

There’s even a play button down in the bottom left that animates the trip. You can press pause at any time and pan around.

Here’s a famous landmark in the middle of this trip, the abandoned Valdosta Railway Trestle. This still is panned around backwards, so you see Bobby McKenzie paddling the camera boat, with the trestle behind him. On his left is Georgia. On his right is Florida. The river bends right here, so we went back into Florida the second time.

If you click on the WWALS logo at the top left, that takes you to https://wwals.net/.

If you click on the logo next to it, for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, that takes you to its web page.

[Abandoned trestle, Valdosta Railway]
Abandoned trestle, Valdosta Railway

At more normal water levels, State Line Shoals would have been interesting soon after. But the river was at 98.5′ NAVD88 (14.5′) on the Quitman (US 84) gauge and 61′ (14.5′) on the Pinetta Gauge, which is quite high. We raised our maximum recommended water levels for paddling this stretch to half a foot higher than that after this paddle.

Here is the end of this trip, at Sullivan Launch at CR 150 (Belleville Road).

[Sullivan Launch]
Sullivan Launch

That’s WWALS President Tom H. Johnson Jr. in the kayak, and WWALS Science Committee Chair Dr. Tom Potter on the shore.

Langdale Park to Troupville Boat Ramp

Here’s another trip Bobby and one other did just to take these pictures. That was Friday, August 6, 2021. The trip was roughly 7 miles. The US 41 Withlacoochee USGS Gauge read 124.94 feet NAVD88 (14.7′), That’s actually in Action stage, which starts at 123.0′, and just below Minor Flood at 125.0′.

[Langdale Park Boat Ramp]
Langdale Park Boat Ramp

Which explains why they had to start well back up the access road, and the WWALS signs at Langdale Park Boat Ramp for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail were barely out of the water.

The (in)famous Sugar Creek was hard to spot, the water was so high. But just after it is the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge.

[Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge]
Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

Many people have driven over this I-75 bridge, but few have seen it from the Withlacoochee River.

[I-75 Bridge]
I-75 Bridge

The Withlacoochee River was high enough that they went through the Troupville Cutoff instead of following every meander of the river.

[Troupville Cut-off]
Troupville Cut-off

Turn right at the Little River Confluence to go up the Little River a couple thousand feet to the takeout.

[Little River Confluence]
Little River Confluence

Just before the Little River Confluence on the Withlacoochee River is the future site of Troupville River Camp.

And they took out at Troupville Boat Ramp off of GA 133.

[Troupville Boat Ramp]
Troupville Boat Ramp

More

There is already another WWALS transit of another river on Earthviews. Can you spot it? More about that one in a later blog post.

Help

If you want to help, we accept contributions to the WWALS General Fund. These cameras cost $500 apiece, plus related addons.

If you want to help take pictures, first you must be a WWALS member. Then we’d like you to be a member of the Trails or Outings Committees.

Or you can share this post on social media.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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