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Paddling, hiking, painting, photographing our blackwater rivers, creeks, lakes, and swamps in central south Georgia and north Florida. Monthly outings, workshops, and other events.

Upcoming events (3)

Spring Equinox Full Moon Paddle

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Join us for the Spring Equinox Full Moon paddle at Banks Lake. The moon will rise at 7:32 p.m. so come early enough to prep your boat so that we are on the lake by 7 p.m. The sun goes down a few minutes after the moon rises so we have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset and moon rise. We will enjoy the view while leisurly paddling through the cypress trees before it gets dark while we look for birds, alligators and bats. Remember to bring a light for your boat or some type of light to have on yourself (glow stick, head lamp, or flashlight), and bring a rope for your boat. You must wear a PFD. A whistle is not required, but it’s a good idea in the dark. Mosquitoes can be bad at the boat ramp but are usually not a problem on the water. This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 for non-members. We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today! For more information please visit our website: http://wwals.net/2019/02/27/spring-equinox-full-moon-paddle-banks-lake-2019-03-20/

Alapaha Quest, Mayday Landing to Statenville Ramp

Mayday Landing

Let’s complete this missing link in the Alapaha Quest, a stretch of the Alapaha River never before done as a WWALS Outing. Put In: Mayday Landing, 49 Howell Road, Stockton, GA 31649, in Echols County, Georgia. South of Howell Road, east side of the Alapaha River, north of the railroad bridge. Take Out: Statenville Boat Ramp, 206 GA 94 West, Statenville, GA 31648, in Echols County. Duration: 8 hours. Shuttle distance: 13.1 miles one way Paddle distance: 14.51 miles Paddle duration: 7.3 hours 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. This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 for non-members. We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today! http://wwals.net/2019/01/26/mayday-landing-to-statenville-boat-ramp-alapaha-river-2019-03-23/?fbclid=IwAR2T0cGgQxm4s0md2oeOh8ZUK0G75K4k_oCpz_Zk3VDGADhCitG3L4zDC8s

7th Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race

Red Roberts Landing

When: 8AM-9AM Registration 9:30 AM Mass Start Registration: Register on-line Per boat registration: $20 until April 1, 2019; $30 thereafter (including on site). (Registration online available soon.) Plus $5 park entrance fee per vehicle payable at the event What: Canoes or Kayaks Only (overhanging branches make paddleboards impractical) Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) required of all participants. Boat rental: available for separate fee at Reed Bingham State Park; contact the park in advance. kayak; male 2 person canoe, female 2 person canoe, mixed 2 person canoe, male tandem kayak, female tandem kayak, mixed tandem kayak. Bring your own boat or rent one from Reed Bingham State Park (advance reservations recommended). Life jackets required of all participants. Separate $5 state park entrance fee per vehicle is payable at the event, or borrow a FREE park pass from your local library. Medals: to top finishers in several categories: male and female solo canoe, male and female solo kayak; male 2 person canoe, female 2 person canoe, mixed 2 person canoe, male tandem kayak, female tandem kayak, mixed tandem kayak. Duration: Fastest paddlers will complete in under an hour, or even half an hour. Slow paddlers may take 1.5 to 2 hours. The course: A scenic 3 mile, all downstream stretch of the Little River with winding, flat blackwater and some trees to go around. Alligators and/or snakes may be present. It’s flatwater through pretty south Georgia forest, under towering cypress trees, past live oaks, coppices of ogeechee tupelo, and majestic pines. The tannin stained blackwaters reflect the beautiful scenery and are typical of the coastal plain. Paddle it to win or just to enjoy the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT). Food: Lunch provided at finish For: Proceeds to benefit Friends of Reed Bingham State Park and WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS), which as Suwannee RIVERKEEPER® is the Waterkeeper® Alliance Member for the Little River (and the Withlacoochee, Alapaha and Suwannee Rivers). Park: Call[masked] or stop by Reed Bingham State Park Office. http://wwals.net/2018/11/30/7th-annual-big-little-river-paddle-race-silent-auction-raffle-2019-04-27/?fbclid=IwAR3McFnCMMTqlbBuzs9CP5cyNsK8vBDc_IqDkbx2cEyCBkzfaec7BcPQxxQ

Past events (85)

Full Moon Paddle on Banks Lake

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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