Rain poured during the shuttle from Nankin Boat Ramp to Sullivan Launch,
but the weather relented as we started to paddle, just as expedition leader
and weatherman Bobby McKenzie predicted.
22 people paddled in 21 boats, entering Florida three times,
past McIntyre Spring, Arnold Springs, the Valdosta Railway Trestle, and Horn Bridge.
Only a few took out at State Line Boat Ramp, because they were musicians and they had a gig that same evening.
Almost all continued past PCA and Jumping Gully Creek to Sullivan Launch for
a total of 14.22 miles in barely four hours.
Subtract half an hour for the lunch stop at State Line Boat Ramp,
and that’s 3.5 hours, for 4 miles per hour.
WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman left her boat in the truck
until the last minute, because she did not want to paddle in the rain.
WWALS President Tom H. Johnson Jr. and Mary Carolyn Pindar drove four hours
for this outing, so they were going to paddle anyway, as was I. Continue reading →
Our most recent songwriter wrote his song yesterday and sent it in.
Come on, songwriters, make the competition fierce for that $300 cash First Prize,
with $300 equivalent in studio time!
And for the $50 prize for best song from within the Suwannee River Basin,
and $50 for best song from without.
And for the plaques for best in each song genre.
Everybody else, tickets will be on sale soon, to listen to our two headliners, Scott Perkins and his band Little Perks in Paradise from Atlanta, and Valdosta’s own Dirty Bird and the Flu. Each of the three judges will also play, even before we get to the finalists and the judging.
With food by Hibachi Hwy and drinks by The Pour House.
Scott Perkins singing Hoochie Coochie for the Withlacoochee, Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting 2020
Videos by Phillip Plumlee and John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS),
Turner Center Art Park, Valdosta, Georgia, August 22, 2020.
Join us on a leisurely Paddle down the Withlacoochee River southwest of Valdosta and Clyattville, dipping into Florida twice.
We will visit two second-magnitude springs, of only six in Georgia.
We will see the ruins of an old railroad trestle just before State Line Shoals.
Gather 9 AM, launch 10 AM, end 3 PM, Saturday, August 7, 2021
Nankin Boat Ramp, 6899 Clyattville-Nankin Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601, in Lowndes County.
A gate, a tire, and bags of trash cleaned up at Nankin Boat Ramp, on the Withlacoochee River, and at Four Freedoms Trail,
on our November 16, 2019
Withlacoochee River cleanup and paddle.
Plus plenty of shoals, a sunken boat, a creek, McIntyre Spring, cypress knees, and skinned shins,
all ending up at the old railroad trestle.
Join us to clean up trash at Nankin Boat Ramp in Lowndes County, Georgia.
Bring a boat and join us paddling down the Withlacoochee River, continuing cleanuing up.
We will stop at second-magnitude
McIntyre Spring in Brooks County, Georgia, which should be flowing fine about now.
Thanks to special permission from Madison County, Florida, we will take
a few vehicles down to the river at the end of the Four Freedoms Trail
to collect an abandoned canoe and other items, and we will take out there.
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,
especially this one.
Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members.
We recommend you support the work of WWALS by
becoming a WWALS member today!
Hahira, GA, February 13, 2019 —
From next to the largest Suwannee River Basin city, Valdosta,
to between some of the smallest, Mayo and Luraville,
Paddle Georgia brings 300 people this summer to venture for the first time
across the state line from Georgia to Florida,
on the Little, Withlacoochee, and Suwannee Rivers, June 15 through 21, 2019.
“Five years ago I suggested our Withlacoochee River to Joe Cook
for Paddle Georgia, and he went one better, adding the Suwannee River,
past two of the few second-magnitude springs in Georgia, McIntyre and Arnold,
and two of the famous first-magnitude Florida Springs: Madison Blue
said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman.
“Plus Spook Bridge and the orphaned railroad trestle near Madison,
with many shoals and rapids at the GA-FL line!
Special thanks to The Langdale Company for permission to take out just below Spook Bridge.
Personally, I like that this paddle starts at my birthplace
in Valdosta, Georgia and ends at my grandmother’s birthplace at
the ferry site for Luraville, Florida.”
This event is organized by Paddle Georgia, with catered dinners and buses to and from the rivers.
WWALS is assisting,
for example by organizing the Spook Bridge takeout, and by pointing
out many sites that non-locals might miss, ranging from springs,
and Withlacoochee River agates, and the halberd-leaf rosemallow, whose blooms last only one day, to perpetual bothers such as Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Continue reading →
Very experienced retired outfitter Burt Kornegay from western north Carolina paddled
the Little River from just below its one dam to the Withlacoochee and
on to the Suwannee a week ago, and liked it a lot.
If you want a really good four-day canoe trip,
put in right near Reed Bingham State Park at the
highway 37 bridge.
There’s an excellent put in right there.
And spend four days canoeing down this river.
I don’t think you’ll regret it.
That’s from somebody who has led expeditions all over the U.S.,
from the Grand Canyon to the Smokey Mountains,
Saturday a week ago at
Troupville Boat Ramp.
This post is just the first part; more pictures will followare posted with
at Arnold Springs,
Old Clyattville Road Bridge
Mozell Spells (State Line Ramp).
and a few videos are still to come.