Update 2022-02-07: Little Alapaha River, Swallet, Bridges, Source, Mouth 2022-02-07.
Cold but well worth it, said the nineteen paddlers let by Shirley Kokidko on the WWALS paddle from US 41 on the Alapaha River to the Suwannee River. Plus a distributary that turns out to be the Little Alapaha River. And the Alapaha River Rise, where Alapaha River water from the Dead River Sink comes back up 20 miles and three days later, slightly upstream on the Suwannee River.
Here are 360-degree views every 10 seconds, taken with a GOPRO 360.
This paddle’s mystery was this distributary:
It’s on the left bank, a third of a mile upstream from the I-75 bridge. According to the maps, it’s the Little Alapaha River, which starts some tens of miles north, just across the GA-FL line. Much of the year it never reaches the Alapaha River, presumably because of sinkholes. Apparently we were there at just the right conditions for the Alapaha River to be flowing backwards into the Little Alapaha River as a distributary, probably into some of those same sinkholes.
The Jennings Gauge read 67.8′ NAVD88.
Despite Shirley’s dire warnings, everybody drove right down to the river.
The riverbank was slippery, but nobody fell in.
Off we go.
There was a ferry here long ago.
River full of paddlers.
There was some trash in deadfalls, and some hanging from trees.
Some impressive oaks.
Lots of resurrection fern:
One place wild hogs left tracks down to the river.
Had to eat lunch. And change the GOPRO 360 camera.
The limbo log required lowering the tripod with the GOPRO 360.
Thanks, Jim, for readjusting the tripod back up.
Then these overhanging branches whacked the GOPRO 360 askew again.
Thanks, Shirley, for putting it back on the level.
Almost the end of the paddle.
There used to be a bridge across the Suwannee River here.
Nobles Ferry used to land on both banks of the Alapaha River.
Water from Alapaha River Rise enters the Suwannee River.
WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper banners at Alapaha River Rise.
The final destination of the paddle.
A really fancy boat ramp.
Ray’s dog Taco is the namesake of the new WWALS outings pet policy which we’ll have ready some time soon now.
See you next time.
There are many more pictures on the WWALS website.
See also facebook photosets by:
All these sites are on the WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).
For more WWALS outings, see https://wwals.net/outings. WWALS members also get a list of outings and events in the Tannin Times WWALS monthly newsletter.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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