River scout Shirley Kokidko went to investigate Mystery: Withlacoochee River Distributary 2021-01-01 and came back with these pictures from Friday, January 7, 2022.
Remember: it’s not safe to paddle in there.
The Withlacoochee River was 57.9′ NAVD88 (11.4′) on the Pinetta gauge.
Shirley says, “It’s very overgrown. I walked in from the road and circled around, it has an irregular shape with side pools.”
Shirley added, “There was another dry sink hole right beside this big one, but it’s rough walking around there and I was running out of time.”
Here’s a WWALS playlist of Shirley’s videos.
These maps are all screenshots from the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.
You can see
- Chitty Bend East Distributary leaving the left (East) bank of the Withlacoochee River,
- Chitty Bend East Swallet due east, where’s there’s a bend to the south, and then Chitty Bend East Sinkhole.
Notice Fennel’s Funnel upstream at the power line. That’s according to where Karst Underwater Research says that sinkhole is in the M2 Blue cave system, which also includes the Chitty Bend East Swallet and Sinkhole and some others.
These left (east) bank features are in Chitty Bend East Tract, Twin Rivers State Forest, off NW 34th Street, Jennings, FL 32052, Hamilton County, accessible from CR 143.
The nearest river access is from Florida Campsites Boat Ramp on NW 4th Street, which is about 1.78 river miles downstream. There are rapids in between at many water levels.
Or the Chitty Bend East Distributary is about 7.03 river miles downstream from Sullivan Launch on CR 150.
It’s much safer to drive in to the Chitty Bend East Tract and walk to the sites.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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