Update 2022-08-29: Pictures: Fargo to campsite, Suwannee River 2022-03-05.
Join us for the first-ever WWALS riverbank camping outing. We’ll paddle from Georgia to Florida, and we’ll probably camp slightly downstream of the GA-FL line so as to pitch our tents and hammocks on state land.
Spaces limited to 14 paddlers. RSVP on meetup to get a space. https://www.meetup.com/Withlacoochee-Alapaha-Suwannee-RIvers-WWALS-Outings/events/282688733
When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 5, 2022, End 2PM, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
Put In: Fargo Boat Ramp. Half a mile southeast of Fargo on US 441, the boat ramp is on the northeast side of US 441 and on the west (right bank) of the Suwannee River, in Clinch County, Georgia. Downstream there are plenty of turtles, cypress, oaks, pines, some creeks, many white sand beaches, maybe a small shoal if the water is low enough, and and no roads for 23 river miles in Georgia and Florida.
Take Out: Turner Bridge Ramp. From White Springs, travel north on SE CR 135; cross over SE CR 6 onto NE 180 Boulevard (Woodpecker Route); travel north to NE 38 Trail; turn right and follow road to ramp, in Hamilton County, Florida.
Bring: a tent or hammock and tarp or whatever you want to use for camping, along with 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.
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Duration: 2 days
Paddle: 23.5 miles, 2 days.
Shuttle: 22 miles, 25 minutes.
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.
Gauge: Fargo. 92.5 feet low, 100 feet high.
Gauge: White Springs. 52 feet low, 68 feet high.
Host: Shirley Kokidko
Contact: Shirley Kokidko
Camping beforehand: If you want to come early and camp near Fargo, Stephen C. Foster State Park has primitive camping and cabins, Griffis Fish Camp has primitive camping with electricity and bathrooms, as well as and RV campsites. Suwannee River Eco-Lodge, part of the State Park, has indoor rooms, and Suwannee River Outfitters and Lodge in Fargo is open under new management.
Camping afterwards: If you’d rather camp near our takeout, Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs has a campground, and there are several RV parks nearby. If you want entertainment with your camping, try Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, although I don’t think they have any festivals scheduled quite that early in the year.
Backup: in case of high or low water is: 2022-03-19 Big Shoals portage.
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®
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