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Three day paddle in Ocala National Forest over MLK weekend. Paddling trips: Saturday - 10 mile paddle on the Ockalwaha - There is also a 19 mile option if the water is up and current strong. Sunday - Paddle Juniper Springs. In the afternoon optional trip to Salt Springs where we will put in and paddle around the springs. Monday - Paddle Silver Springs. Note: I will probably stay over Monday night to avoid holiday return traffic and either paddle Juniper again or paddle something on the way back. Camping: I have reserved sites 75, 76, 77, and 79 for the group. Site 78 is still available if anyone is interested in grabbing it for the group. The limits are 5 people and 2 cars per site with no limit on tents. I haven't seen these sites so don't know how much space there will be - we may be close to each other. Last year they let us pay an overflow fee and park a third car on each site. Worse case - extra cars would need to be parked in overflow parking. When you register please let me know how many people you expect to have with you. I will just wait and collect money for camping during the weekend. Because of this, if you need to cancel please do so at least a week before the trip so I can release sites and get a refund. Also, the group will split any overflow parking fees. Food: I propose doing a group meal Saturday night for anyone interested. I'm thinking all interested could each bring meat/veggie to grill for themselves and then an appetizer/side dish/desert to share with the group. Let me know if you're interested. There were restaurants within 10-15 miles - thinking that we could do a group dinner at the barbecue place on Sunday. Also, of course, can cook at campsite.
Going to get a 3 day weekend with some warmer weather. Reed Bingham has lake access and a great black water row up the river off the lake. Easy drive, right off 75 south in Adel. Gators should be hiding this time of year. Town is close by so dont have to drive forever if you forget anything. We are pulling in Thursday evening and leaving Sunday morning. At least one blackwater trip friday and saturday. No shuttle required. Come and go as you like! more just a chance to chill out and get away. https://gastateparks.org/ReedBingham
If you sign up and need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible so that those on the waitlist will have time to make plans. If you need to call me, here's my cell #(678)[masked] *Required: PFD, towline bow and stern. This is an Exploratory Trip for me - I have not yet paddled this section of the Tallapoosa River. Research has indicated that this paddle has been accomplished by others. I will make all reasonable efforts to accurately locate the launch and takeout locations based on GPS navigation and Google maps. This trip is 70 miles along the Georgia portion of the Withlacoochee River. I figured at 12 miles per day, it would take 6 days, 5 nights. At 15 miles per day (YIKES), 5 days, 4 nights. LAUNCH: We might use an outfitter to provide a shuttle. TBD[masked], [masked] TAKEOUT -- 6461 Madison Hwy, Valdosta, GA 31601 [masked], [masked] ) near the Georgia-Florida State Line. Lowndes County Withlacoochee River: Class 1+, with mostly flatwater and occasional shoals, on an undammed blackwater river with no industrial development and no large point sources of pollution. There are no campsites along the river, but there is no reservation, permit, or fee required in Georgia for rough camping on islands. There are several boat ramps along the way and I will check to see if they have fresh water. Here is a website with an interactive map and lots of information. http://wwals.net/maps/withlacoochee-river-water-trail/ Water Gauge near Quitman, Ga https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=qutg1&wfo=tae
If you sign up and need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible so that those on the waitlist will have time to make plans. If you need to call me, here's my cell #(678)[masked] *Required: PFD, towline bow and stern. This is an Exploratory Trip for me - I have not yet paddled this section of the Tallapoosa River. Research has indicated that this paddle has been accomplished by others. I will make all reasonable efforts to accurately locate the launch and takeout locations based on GPS navigation and Google maps. The group size is low because space where we camp can be very limited. Be patient if you are on the waitlist! Primitive kayak camping on sandbars or riverbanks for this 3-night, 50-mile trip. It will be an adventure!!! There is some civilization along the way, including a distillery which gives free tours. Bring $$ if you want to purchase their products. USGS[masked] ELK RIVER BELOW TIMS FORD DAM, TENN. USGS[masked] ELK RIVER NEAR FAYETTEVILLE TENN. (Having trouble getting daily data. Will update later) There is a TVA Lake Info App that can be downloaded for discharge schedule. Water release schedule: https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Tims-Ford 9/24 1:00PM (This part of Tennessee is in the CST zone!) Tims Ford launch below the dam Address: 11945 Lynchburg Rd, Winchester, TN 37398,[masked], [masked] 9/27 4:00 PM Old Stone Bridge Access Site Address: 2053 Wilson Pkwy, Fayetteville, TN 37334 Latitude[masked], Longitude [masked] Plan on food for 3 dinners, 4 lunches, and 3 breakfasts. Bring water or filtration system.