Chitty Bend East Distributary, Withlacoochee River –Shirley Kokidko 2022-01-07

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.

[Distributary, Swallet, Sinkhole]
Distributary, Swallet, Sinkhole

Chitty Bend East Distributary

The Withlacoochee River was 57.9′ NAVD88 (11.4′) on the Pinetta gauge.

[Looking from the Bluff near the Swallet out the Distributary to the Withlacoochee River, 14:08:43]
Looking from the Bluff near the Swallet out the Distributary to the Withlacoochee River, 14:08:43


Movie: Withlacoochee River running into Distributary, 14:08:43 (18M), 30.5177330, -83.2385170

Chitty Bend East Swallet

[Too much trash, 14:13:27]
Too much trash, 14:13:27

[Swirling, 14:38:44, 30.517183, -83.238317]
Swirling, 14:38:44, 30.5171830, -83.2383170


Movie: Distributary into Swallet, 14:38:44 (51M)

Chitty Bend East Sinkhole

Shirley says, “It’s very overgrown. I walked in from the road and circled around, it has an irregular shape with side pools.”

[Sink end closest to riverside, 14:59:32, 30.515950, -83.238383]
Sink end closest to riverside, 14:59:32, 30.5159500, -83.2383830

[Sink closest to the road, 15:02:49]
Sink closest to the road, 15:02:49

[Sink between the previous two pictures, 15:03:15]
Sink between the previous two pictures, 15:03:15

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.”

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Maps

These maps are all screenshots from the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

[Map: Distributary, Swallet, and Sink]
Map: Distributary, Swallet, and Sink

You can see

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.

[Map: Context with Florida Campsites Ramp and Madison Blue Spring]
Map: Context with Florida Campsites Ramp and Madison Blue Spring

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.

[Map: Directions by land]
Map: Directions by land

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.

[Map: Nearest river access]
Map: Nearest river access

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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