Chitty Bend East Distributary, Withlacoochee River –Shirley Kokidko 2022-01-07.
KUR: M2 Blue cave system, Madison County, Florida.
Where exactly does Withlacoochee River water run into this creek, about three hundred feet into the woods, and disappear into a sinkhole?
Left (east) bank, which is state land, or right (west) bank, which is private land?
If it doesn’t have an observation platform, where is the one pictured?
Maybe you can help us resolve this mystery.
One thing is clear: do not paddle into this distributary!
When the river is high, the current is high, and you will have a hard time gettin back out.
There are deadfalls and a sinkhole at the end.
Here’s where this mystery started:
“Some 7 miles downriver from CR 150, there is a 10- to 12-foot opening in the high banks on the east side where water comes rushing out of the river. If followed, this stream flows for 75 to 100 yards and then disappears under a high bank. In Florida, whole rivers disappear in this manner, but it is unusual to lose just part of a river.”
That’s from Canoeing & Kayaking Florida, Menasha Ridge Press; 2nd edition (November 11, 2007), by Johnny Molloy, Elizabeth F. Carter et al., Page 122, Georgia State Line to Suwannee River S.P.
Hm, I see there’s now a third edition of November 11, 2016.
Helen Crowley says she and Shirley Kokidko and Don Crowley
paddled past there on January 1, 2021.
She sent this picture as of the distributary. Continue reading