Suwannee River Wilderness Paddle, Griffis Fish Camp to Fargo 2024-03-2324

Update 2024-03-22: Rescheduled because of weather prediction to Sunday, March 24, 2024.

Update 2024-03-19: Okefenokee webinar, resolutions, bills, Suwannee River paddle 2024-03-19.

This 14-mile paddle is not recommended for beginners due to high water level and currents.

Just outside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge we will launch from Griffis Fish Camp landing. The dirt road to the landing will probably be underwater so bring wheels if you have them to transport your kayak from the camp to the water.

The launch fee is $2.00 per boat, self-pay exact change, at the site. Everyone must wear a PFD at all times on the water. Have a bow line/rope for your kayak. It’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes, just in case.

There are only a few places we can stop for breaks and lunch and we’ll take advantage of those.

When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 4 PM, Sunday, March 24, 2024

Put In: Griffis Fish Camp Landing, 10333 Ga Highway 177 Fargo, Georgia 31631. From Fargo, travel south on US 441 to CR 177; turn left and travel 10 miles northeast; Griffis Fish Camp is on left, in Clinch County, Georgia.

GPS: 30.7845, -82.446333

[Suwannee River Wilderness Paddle, Griffis to Fargo, 2024-03-23]
Suwannee River Wilderness Paddle, Griffis to Fargo, 2024-03-23

Take Out: Fargo Ramp, Half a mile southeast of Fargo on US 441, the boat ramp is on the northeast side of US 441 and on the west (right bank) of the Suwannee River, in Clinch County, Georgia.

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.

Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. There is also a $2.00 per boat, exact change, self-pay at the site.

You can pay the $10 at the outing, or online:

[Boat Ramp Fee $2.00 for each boat in or out --Gretchen Quarterman 2020-11-07]
Boat Ramp Fee $2.00 for each boat in or out –Gretchen Quarterman 2020-11-07

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Paddle: 14 miles, 6 hours.

Shuttle: 24 miles round trip, 30 minutes.
Be prepared to help out with the shuttle. Deposit your boats at Griffis early. The shuttle will leave for the Fargo takeout promptly at 9:30. You cannot rely on any cell phone service at Griffis Camp.

Host: Shirley Kokidko

Contact: Shirley Kokidko

Fargo Gauge: WWALS recommends not to paddle below 92.5 feet NAVD88 (1.9′) or above 100′ NAVD88 (9.4′). As of this posting, the Fargo Gauge is at 101.44′ NAVD88 or 10.44′, so a foot above our recommendations. But the level is falling, so by Saturday it should be fine.

Fargo Gauge, Suwannee River

Backup: in case of high or low water is: reschedule.

More: For more WWALS outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS outings web page, WWALS members also get an upcoming list in the Tannin Times newsletter.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!