Little River @ Lawson Mill Pond Road 2020-03-20

Must be spring, people are fishing on the Little River.

[Fishing]
Fishing

I took these pictures from the Lawson Mill Pond Road bridge over the Little River, on the way from Hahira in Lowndes County to Morven in Brooks County, Friday, March 20, 2020, at 2:13 PM.

[Pretty full]
Pretty full

Upstream looks even fuller.

The Hahira USGS Gauge at GA 122, only three and a half river miles upstream at Folsom Bridge Landing, had 10.5 feet (143.4′ NAVD 88) for that date and time. That’s a bit more than half way between low and action stages.

We list Lawson Mill Pond Road Landing as Private in the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), because, despite people thinking it’s public, it’s not: it’s on private land. So unless you have permission, best not go there.

Which does make downstream paddles from Folsom Bridge Landing rather long.

[Map: Folsom Bridge, Lawson Mill Pond Rd, Troupville]
Map: Folsom Bridge Landing, Lawson Mill Pond Road Landing, and Troupville Boat Ramp
in WWALS Map of Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

It’s 25 miles from Folsom Bridge downstream to Troupville Boat Ramp, on GA 133 just west of Valdosta. That’s more than twelve hours at our usual rule of thumb paddle rate of two miles per hour. Sure, the way the river is running right now, it would be faster, but still a very long day.

Lowndes County does own an acre on the Little River at the end of Little River Road. We keep suggesting maybe they want to make it available for public boat acccess.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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