Hoping for higher and cleaner river water, this time we are aiming at 9 AM, Saturday, August 19, 2023, to chainsaw one big deadfall between I-75 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River, and maybe a few more between GA 133 and the Little River Confluence.
For our original date, the river level was two feet below our recommended level of 116′ NAVD88, and Valdosta had just reported very high E. coli in that stretch.
On this new date of August 19th, we may also use a put-in closer to our main deadfall target. Bring a rope on at least one end of your boat for lowering it in there. Bring a chainsaw if you really know how to use it, but you do not have to saw to join us.
Our main target this time is one remaining big deadfall between I-75 and GA 133.
When: Gather 9 AM, launch 9:30 AM, end 4 PM, Friday, August 19, 2023
Put In: Meet at the back of the Salty Snapper parking lot, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602 and we’ll go to the put-in from there.
Take Out: Troupville Boat Ramp
Bring: Cleanup materials will be provided, but if you’ve got a trash picker, bring it along.
Free: This outing is free to everyone!
We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS
Duration: 5 hours
Paddle: 4 miles, 3.5 hours.
Shuttle: 2.4 miles, 20 minutes.
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: Phil Hubbard
Contact: Phil Hubbard
Gauge: US 41 (North Valdosta Road), recommended low 116′ NAVD88 (5.7′), high 123′ NAVD88 (12.7′)
Backup: in case of high or low water or bad water quality or weather is: reschedule.
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®