Leisurely paddle promoting ecotourism on the Withlacoochee River, from Langdale Park to Troupville Boat Ramp, stopping halfway for lunch at the Salty Snapper. Each participant will be responsible for purchasing their own lunch.
Water levels may change rapidly. We will keep you updated.
We will gather at Langdale Park at 9am and perform a team shuttle at 9:30 returning to Langdale and launching at 10:00 am. We will arrive at the Salty Snapper (3 miles) for lunch/beverages around 11:30 shortly after they open. Lunch should wrap up around 12:30 and paddle on down to Troupville Boat Ramp (4 miles) arriving and finishing up around 2:30pm.
Along the way, we will see where the Mayor of Valdosta proposes building a boardwalk along the last thousand feet of cypress knees on a strip of land Lowndes County owns from Gornto Road down to the river, just downstream from Sugar Creek, the railroad, and the YMCA.
If we’re lucky, Valdosta will have cleaned up its trash problem by then.
And we will bring saws in case we encounter more deadfalls (trees across the river) than usual. There may be a few brief portages over deadfalls, but don’t worry: everyone will help.
When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 3 PM, Saturday, May 7, 2022
Put In: Langdale Park Boat Ramp, 3781 N. Valdosta Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602. I-75 Exit 22, east on North Valdosta Road, cross the Withlacoochee River, turn right on Hyta Mederer Drive, continue to the boat ramp.
GPS: 30.88747, -83.32395
Lunch: The Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Road, Valdosta, GA 31602.
Take Out: Troupville Boat Ramp, 19664 Valdosta Hwy, Valdosta, GA 31602. I-75 exit 18, west on GA 133 (St. Augustine Road) away from the Valdosta Mall, at the traffic light for Val Tech Road, turn left down to the boat ramp.
Bring: 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. Mosquitoes can be bad at dusk so come prepared.
Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members.
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Duration: 6 hours
Paddle: 7 miles, 3.5 hours.
Shuttle: 7.5 miles, 30 min.
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. Unless the pandemic is over by then, masks will be required in vehicles in the WWALS team shuttle.
Host: Russell McBride
Contact: Russell McBride
Valdosta (US 41) Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge 02317755.
WWALS recommended lowest before dragging 113.8 feet NAVD88 (3.5′)
and highest before too easy to get lost 123 feet NAVD88 (12.7′).
Backup: in case of high or low water is: We will cancel 2 days in advance if reports of bad weather or if water levels have receded or risen too quickly.
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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