Ellaville Tract, Twin Rivers State Forest 2022-12-04

Turns out there are two Withlacoochee River landings inside the Ellaville Tract of the Twin Rivers State Forest.

One I’m calling Ellaville Landing, and it’s the last place to take out before Melvin Shoals.

The other, google maps calls Withlacoochee River Campsite, and it’s only a mile or so upstream from Suwannacoochee Spring.

If you have better names, locations, etc. for either of these, please let everybody know.

[Map: Landings in Ellaville Tract in WLRWT]
Map: Landings in Ellaville Tract in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT).

The Ellaville Tract is actually owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), whose map of it reveals when you mouse over Ellaville Landing: “WATER ACCESS-RIVER ACCESS”. It’s on the right bank, a mile upstream from FL 141 (Myrrh Rd.); half a mile upstream from Melvin Shoals. Land entrace off of FL 141; see Twin Rivers Ellaville. It’s in Madison County.

[Map: Ellaville Tract --SRWMD]
Map: Ellaville Tract –SRWMD

The best GPS I can come up with for it is 30.41629, -83.194495. Can somebody improve that? Also, does anybody have pictures of Ellaville Landing? Or a better-known name for it?

On the right bank, almost a mile downstream from West Bridge (FL 141) is Withlacoochee River Campsite. To rezach 650 NE Ellaville Central Ave., Lee, FL, turn south from FL 141 a few hundred feet west of West Bridge, continue until the left turn for the site. It’s in Madison County.


Withlacoochee River Campsite steps; Photo: Jay Boucher, March 2022.

It is impressive for the ricketiness of the steps to the river, going by some pictures on google maps by Jay Boucher from March 2022. He wrote a review, “Nice remote campsite along the river. Quiet and isolated. Easy access to the river and trails.”

Jemi Moore Dutton left a longer google maps review in 2021, “There is 1 picnic table and a small make shift grill / fire pit. A trail that leads down to the river except the last 2 feet. A wooden pallet has been transformed into a adder / stair case to the landing by the river. Mosquitoes are terrible so make sure to bring your OFF. OTHER than that quiet, peaceful and definitely secluded.”

I’m going by google maps for the GPS coordinates, 30.398186, -83.17501.

That matches where it’s shown on this Florida Forest Service map.

[Twin Rivers Ellaville Tract --Florida Forest Seervice 2020-10]
Twin Rivers Ellaville Tract –Florida Forest Seervice 2020-10
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We’re all ears for any improved information about this one, too.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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