Bird Chamberlain and others had been suggesting it for years, and we finally did it: the Alapahoochee River from GA 135 to Sasser Landing on the Alapaha River. We paddled over many deadfalls, across the GA-FL line, past the creek of shark teeth, under old abandoned steel Beatty Bridge, through Devil Shoal, right by Turket Creek Waterfall.
Many thanks to Bobby McKenzie for organizing this expedition, to the WWALS Outings Committee for planning it, and to all who paddled, including Suzanne Welander, author of Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia, who came down from Atlanta for this outing.
While some of us were shuttling vehicles to the take out, others of us hauled tires up from the river.
The obligatory photo-op.
Bobby McKenzie guided people over many deadfalls.
Bird showed us the proper attitude.
Everybody liked this photogenic cypress tree.
Water seeped out of the limestone at several locations.
Sometimes in waterfalls.
Nothing in particular marks the state line between Georgia and Florida.
Tea-colored tannic acid blackwater river under limestone balcony.
Sometimes a cave.
Most boaters stopped to look for fossilized shark’s teeth, and most of them found some.
Beatty Bridge is missing a few planks.
Is that a pier from an even older bridge, or something else?
A photogenic oak tree.
Devil Shoal was fun.
Shirley Kokidko was cautious.
People should stop throwing tires in the river.
We’ve paddled up to Turket Creek Waterfall many times before, but never downstream to it.
Remember, all our drinking water is underground in this sort of rock, and the aquifers exchange water with the rivers. So let’s be careful what runs off into the rivers.
Beach, tea-colored blackwater river, limestone balcony.
The Alapahoochee River looks tiny compared to the Alapaha River.
Here we are at Sasser Landing.
No paddling down this shoal this time.
There are many more pictures on the WWALS website.
Many paddlers posted photosets on facebook.
Update 2021-12-28: These same pictures as a facebook photoset.
Because of this outing, we added three Alapahoochee River landings to the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).
For more WWALS outings, see https://wwals.net/outings/. Outings are $10 for non-members, and free for WWALS members. Members also get a list of upcoming outings in the membership monthly newsletter, Tannin Times.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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