Here are a few pictures from last year’s Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle, eleven miles on the Withlacoochee River.
This year’s paddle will be Saturday, March 3, 2023, on the same route, starting at Troupville Boat Ramp just west of Valdosta on the Little River, ending at Spook Bridge.
Scenes from Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle 2022-02-19
Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson was there, in the red shoes, dead center of this picture. We hear this year Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter will be, as well. You can paddle up to them and ask questions.
Banners at Troupville Boat Ramp, 10:04:39, 30.8514310, -83.3473150
Thanks to Paul Deloach, there will be an early takeout available at his private boat ramp, after 2 2/3 river miles.
Deloach Private Boat Ramp, 11:28:50, 30.8379019, -83.3702335
That’s after the $100 million waterfall, the outfall of Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Relax, Floridians: that’s the clean water after it has been processed.
Clean water from the WWTP, 11:08:23, 30.8362546, -83.3593164
We will probably see some trash, most of which came down from Valdosta.
For more about the trash situation, see:
Trash in some deadfall, 10:39:05, 30.8470483, -83.3477807
The Boys and Girls Club will be providing shuttle vans so you can park your car at Spook Bridge after dropping off your boat at Troupville Boat Ramp.
Boys & Girls Club table, 09:24:19, 30.8513649, -83.3472962
Thanks to The Langdale Company for access at the lunch midpoint, and at the takeout at Spook Bridge.
More paddlers incoming, 13:10:21, 30.8157770, -83.4250742
Depending on water level, there’s at least one creek to explore.
Framed Millrace Creek, 14:32:34, 30.8149698, -83.4373425
See you at the spooky bridge.
Spook Bridge under limbs, 15:29:51, 30.7909600, -83.4521316
Thanks to Bobby McKenzie for leading last year’s paddle. More pictures are on the WWALS website.
Thanks to Phil Hubbard for leading this year’s paddle.
For all about the 2023 Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle, see:
For more WWALS outings, see:
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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