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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 (4)

Full Harvest Moon Paddle

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Come and join us for the first of two full moon paddles in the month of October at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge. There is no shuttle on this outing, we can all keep a safe distance apart on land and on the water. This is a leisurely paddle around the refuge that lies in the Grand Bay–Banks Lake ecosystem. Come early enough to prep your boat so that we are on the lake by 6:50 p.m. We usually see birds, bats and alligators. The sun will set at 7:17 p.m. and sunsets are usually spectacular. The full moon will rise at 7:35 p.m. and if the skies are clear we will watch it rise above the tree tops and shine across the lake as the stars and planets also begin to be visible. You must have a light for your boat or some type of light to have on yourself (glow sticks work well, or head lamp, flashlight, etc.) so other boaters can see you in the dark. It will be totally dark after sunset. You must wear a PFD. A whistle is not required, but it’s a good idea in the dark. Mosquitoes can be bad at dusk so come prepared. Kayaks are available to borrow but let us know at least 2 days prior to the event. This outing is free for WWALS members, and $10 for non-members. For more information please visit our website: http://wwals.net/?p=53333

Love Your River Cleanup

The Salty Snapper: Oyster Bar & Live Venue

Lowndes County has three rivers, all great for fishing, boating, and swimming, and Valdosta has many creeks. Everyone enjoys our waterways better when they are clean. Here’s a fun opportunity to get outside and clean them up. Lowndes County, the City of Valdosta, and WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) are jointly organizing a three-river cleanup in the county, at 1. Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River 2. Sugar Creek on the Withlacoochee River 3. Naylor Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River plus cleanups in Valdosta on Onemile Branch and Twomile Branch. Please join us, from 9 AM to 11 AM, on Saturday, October 10, 2020. No boat required, although if you want to bring a boat, there are water cleanup opportunities at each river location and some of the creeks. Please bring sturdy mud boots or shoes, long pants and clothes that can get wet or dirty, insect repellant, a refillable water bottle, and an emergency phone number. Trash bags and trash pickers will be provided, as well as drinking water and snacks, but bring your own if you can. Please maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from people not in your household. Wear a mask when near people not in your household. We will have extra masks. Follow this link for more information: http://wwals.net/2020/09/09/river-and-creek-cleanup-lowndes-county-valdosta-and-wwals-2020-10-10/

Boomerang Race from Georgia to Florida

State Line Boat Ramp

A fun filled day of racing or leisurely paddling on an idyllic blackwater river. Plenty of water to paddle, no deadfalls, plus shoals! Racers will paddle down the Withlacoochee River from Georgia three miles into Florida, and back upstream. Paddle distances are 6, 4 or 2 miles; these are round trip routes with a turnaround at 3, 2 or 1 mile markers. Canoeists, kayakers, and paddle boarders of all ages and skills are welcome to register starting at 9 AM, with the race to begin at 11 AM. Leisure paddlers are also welcome to attend. There will be prizes, and food, and drink. Tickets are on sale, $20 online until October 15, then $30 at the event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wwals-boomerang-paddle-race-2020-tickets-118844038719 For more information: http://wwals.net/2020/09/04/wwals-boomerang-2020-10-24/

Full Hunter’s Moon & Halloween Paddle

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Yes, bring costumes: it’s Halloween! Leisurely sunset and full moon paddle, with bats, on our mini-Okefenokee, Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Bring a light for your boat or some type of light to have on yourself (glow sticks work well, or head lamp, flashlight, etc.) so other boaters can see you in the dark. It will be totally dark after sunset. You must wear a PFD. A whistle is not required, but it’s a good idea in the dark. Kayaks are available to borrow but please let us know at least 2 days prior to the event. Bring your own if you have it. Thanks to Banks Lake Outdoors for free boat rental for these WWALS Full Moon Paddles. This outing is free to WWALS members and $10 for non-members. You can pay the at the outing, or online: wwals.net/donations/#outings We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today! wwals.net/donations/#join For more outing details: http://wwals.net/2020/09/17/banks-lake-full-hunters-halloween-moon-paddle-2020-10-31/

Past events (130)

Alapaha River Clean Up at Berrien Beach

Berrien Beach Boat Ramp

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