Single paddler down the Suwannee River 2022-03-17

Update 2022-03-23: Holton Creek to Dowling Park River Camp, Suwannee River –DB Marsh 2022-03-23.

Danny “DB” Marsh is paddling a thousand mile loop from Fernandina Beach and back. He is currently at Woods Ferry River Camp on the Suwannee River, where I just talked to him on the telephone.

[Paddling the Suwannee]
Paddling the Suwannee

He bypassed the Okefenokee Swamp because he didn’t realize how far in advance you have to reserve sleeping platforms. So he put in on the Suwannee at Fargo. Like many of us, he hopes that nice welcome center reopens some time soon.

He is from Montana, and is still amazed by alligators.

“To this Montana boy, seeing them up close and free is a mixture of amazement, joy and terror at the same time. They however wanted nothing to do with me, and would dive from their riverbanks into the water with huge splashes to watch me pass from their safety of the water. I counted 13 that day, I’m sure many more were unseen.”

[Fargo Welcome Center vacant]
Fargo Welcome Center vacant

He has solar panels to recharge his electronics, but it’s nice to get to a River Camp with electricity, so he appreciates the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.

[Solar panels on boat]
Solar panels on boat

Can anybody identify this creek or spring run? His log seems to indicate it was somewhere around the GA-FL line, so probably not a spring, since supposedly there aren’t any that far up the river.

[Creek entering the Suwannee]
Creek entering the Suwannee

Due to the water levels, there are plenty of tree limbs straining the water.

[Strainers]
Strainers

He logs where he is now on his log book, which is in his website www.gaiaventures.org.

He is fundraising, and he says he will divide the funds among the Waterkeepers of Florida.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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