Pictures: last stretch of the Alapaha River 2022-02-05.
Update 2022-02-01: Expedition leader Shirley Kokidko paddled this stretch, and reports back:
“There is limited room for vehicles at the put-in so everyone needs to park up by the highway and carry kayaks down to the river. It is muddy and slippery at the launch. I would not recommend this outing for beginners due to alot of strainers and deadfall in the river with a good current also pushing you along. The water is cold and it is predicted to be a cool day so bring a change of clothes, just in case. Today we saw an eagle, feral hogs, turtles and a lot of ducks.”
History of Alapaha River Bridges, US 41 to Nobles Ferry –Ken Sulak 2021-12-08.
Paddle it while there’s water; much of the year the Alapaha River is dry down here, at the bottom of the Alapaha River Water Trail.
We’ll also paddle slightly upstream on the Suwannee River to the Alapaha River Rise,
which is where the water comes back up from the Dead River Sink when the riverbed is dry in between.
We are dependant on the kindness of the winter wet season.
If the Alapaha is dry at this date, we will reschedule until it has water.
Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 3 PM, Saturday, February 5, 2022
US 41 Alapaha River Landing.
South side of the road, under the power line, between Jennings and Jasper, FL, in Hamilton County.
Gibson Park Boat Ramp,
6844 SW CR 751, Jasper, FL 32052. Right bank, west side of the Suwannee River. From Jasper, Hamilton County, FL, travel southwest on SW CR 249 to SW CR 751; turn left and boat ramp is on the right in Gibson Park, in Hamilton County.
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.
You can pay the $10 at the outing, or online:
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Bridge, Alapaha River, US 41.
Photos: Bobby McKenzie,