Third scheduled time was the charm for the Second Annual Mayor’s Paddle, Withlacoochee River, Troupville Boat Ramp to Spook Bridge. In addition to the nice writeup in the Valdosta Daily Times, here are some pictures. Only two or three people capsized, nobody was mad, and everybody had a good time.
The 2022 version will be the Chairman and Mayor’s Paddle,
coming up Saturday, January 29,
Stay tuned. Update 2021-10-28: Chairman and Mayor’s Paddle: Troupville to Spook Bridge, Withlacoochee River, 2022-01-29.
Thanks to The Langdale Company for access at the lunch spot and at Spook Bridge. Thanks to the Boys and Girls Club for shuttling. Thanks to Steve Miller for his ATV for shuttling people up from the river at Spook Bridge to the road. Thanks to Bobby McKenzie for leading the outing.
We found some landmarks, such as where the Valdosta, Moultrie, and Western (VMW) Railroad used to cross the Withlacoochee River.
I took out at the lunch spot to shuttle a reporter out, but on the way out we got to see a gopher tortoise.
There are many more pictures on the WWALS website:
See also facebook pictures by
- Valdosta Mayor Scott James,
- WWALS outing leader Bobby McKenzie,
- WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Sparkman Hall,
- and no doubt others.
Plus, for what the same stretch of the river looked like during flood, see Withlacoochee River flood paddle 2021-02-27.
This is all on the WWALS Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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