Hotchkiss Road to Mayday, Alapaha River 2016-04-23

See the beautiful blackwater Alapaha River while it’s high, in the middle of the Alapaha River Water Trail, from Hotchkiss Road in Lanier County to Mayday in Echols County.

Events: facebook or meetup.

When: 8AM Saturday 23 April 2016

Put in: Hotchkiss Road in Lanier County, 30.93669, -83.0406

Take out: Mayday in Echols County, 30.82827, -83.017179

Distance: 12.7 miles

Duration: about 6 hours

Directions: Take US 84 east out of Naylor in Lowndes County, cross the Alapaha River into Lanier County, turn left on first dirt road, follow to the river.

Responsible party: Chris Mericle

Bring: Boat, paddle, personal flotation device, snacks, drinking water. If you don’t have a boat, let us know, and we can probably rustle one up for you.

This outing is Free! But we encourage you to join WWALS today to support our fun outings and important work: http://wwals.com/blog/donations/. See our newsletters, and the press Releases and news. And consider joining the Alapaha River Water Trail Committee.

In the middle we’ll pass where Lowndes County is building a boat ramp just north of US 84.

The picture is from the WWALS outing from Lakeland to Hotchkiss Road last July, which was in the middle of the dry season, and the water was about as low as we’d want to go. April is usually in the rainy season, so we’ll probably need to watch whether the water on the Statenville gauge is not higher than 6-9 feet, so as to avoid having to duck under trees like those pictured.

Backup in case of low or high water:

Where: Banks Lake, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, Lanier County

Directions: 18 miles east of Hahira (I-75 exit 29), 2 miles west of Lakeland, south side of GA 122

When: 8AM Saturday 23 April 2016

Coming up even sooner:

For more outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS calendar.

-jsq

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