This 15.6 mile paddle includes a strenuous portage around Big Shoals, the biggest whitewater rapids in Florida and paddling over a smaller set of rapids at Little Shoals. Due to the portage which involves climbing up and down steep, sandy banks with kayaks, carrying kayaks 300 feet and lifting over downed trees, this trip is listed as difficult. You must be physically able to get back into your kayak on the slippery edge of this swift moving section of the Suwannee River. We help each other as much as possible, but ultimately you are responsible for your boat. We will take a break at the shoals and enjoy the outstanding view. No one is paddling over the shoals and this portage is the only way around.
Let's meet at Cone Bridge Ramp by 8:30 a.m. to prep boats and be ready to shuttle vehicles to Suwannee Wayside Ramp in White Springs. The shuttle is 38.2 miles round trip and will begin promptly at 9 a.m.
Dress for the weather, you must wear a PFD with whistle, have a rope for your boat, bring lunch, snacks, drinks, etc.
If water levels are too low, this outing will be changed to the Withlacoochee River.
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://www.wwals.net/donations/
For more outing information visit our website: http://wwals.net/2019/03/22/cone-bridge-big-shoals-portage-to-suwannee-wayside-park-suwannee-river-2019-05-04/?fbclid=IwAR0xM_G58qeSZpx2ZDBbML3h75pCTH-Q99WksiRnbqAnf5VE0E3FWqyJaWU