Pictures: Portage Big Shoals, Paddle Little Shoals, Suwannee River 2023-05-20.
Join us as we
portage around Big Shoals, the biggest rapids in Florida, and paddle through Little Shoals on the Suwannee River.
Practicing Geologist Dennis J. Price of Hamilton County will lead us
past the lally columns of Old Godwin Bridge.
Two thirds of a mile later, we will take out just before Big Shoals,
and portage a quarter mile through the woods.
Paddlers in good health should be able to do this.
We do not recommend it for small children.
We will be portaging: if you want to paddle through Big Shoals,
do it on a different trip.
Then we’ll paddle past several creeks, including Bell Springs Run
and Falling Creek.
About 3.5 miles downstream from Big Shoals,
we’ll paddle through Little Shoals,
which can get up to Class II rapids.
Plus there’s another little rapid just before the railroad bridge and the US 41 bridge.
When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 2 PM, Saturday, May 20, 2023
Put In: Big Shoals Tract Launch,
From White Springs, travel north on CR 135 to SE 94 Street (Godwin Bridge Road); turn right and follow road to Big Shoals, in Hamilton County, Florida.
Big Shoals pictures from 2021-05-19