Portage Big Shoals, paddle Little Shoals, Suwannee River 2022-09-17

Update 2022-09-12: The ranger said the launch remains closed until it falls below 62 at White Springs. We are watching that gauge and you can, too.

A brief paddle downstream to the biggest rapids in Florida, portage around, and paddle through the next rapids, with Practicing Geologist Dennis Price.

When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 3 PM, Saturday, September 17, 2022

Put In: Big Shoals Tract Launch. From White Springs, travel north on CR 135 to SE 94 Street (Godwin Bridge Road); turn right and follow road to Big Shoals.

GPS: 30.353167, -82.687333

[White water, 14:19:25, 30.3381380, -82.6834810]
White water, 14:19:25, 30.3381380, -82.6834810 2021-05-14

Take Out: Suwannee River Wayside Park

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. You can pay the $10 at the outing, or online:
There’s also a $4 park fee; bring cash for that.

We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!

Event: facebook, meetup

Duration: 4 hours

Paddle: 6 miles, 3 hours.

Shuttle: 12 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.

Host: Dennis Price

Contact: Dennis Price

Update 2022-09-12: Right now the White Springs USGS Gauge reads 63.35 feet NAVD88.

White Springs Gauge, water.weather.gov

While that’s still below the 65′ high water limit recommended at Big Shoals Boat Launch, nonetheless that launch is closed right now.

[River Level Recommendations, 10:23:35, 30.3538805, -82.6868546]
River Level Recommendations, 10:23:35, 30.3538805, -82.6868546

When we did this stretch on May 19, 2021, the gauge read 52.5′ and falling.

Backup: in case of high or low water is: Cancel

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®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!