Spring Creek-Chipola Magnolia Report
(Turnerís Landing, Jackson St.)

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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 11/6/2016 
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This spring fed clear water stream passes through mostly lowland forest. When the locals are not filling the stream with partying you feel like you are in the wilderness.

My Report:

Spring Creek-Chipola 11-06-16

On a beautiful Sunday, Linda N., Charlotte and John decided to take a trip on the Spring Creek-Chipola. The put-in required a short portage through a line of cement barricades that have been installed, but there is a lot of parking space. This makes it so only small boats can use the put-in. The water was very shallow and you had to walk in the mud-sand for a short distance to get to deep enough water to float. The water was clear and you could see the fish (at least one big enough to eat) as well as a blue heron attempting to catch his morning snack. There were a lot of raccoon tracks and numerous open mussel shells on the sand and in the water.

The water had a good flow to it and there were few obstacles. One was a large fallen oak that Charlotte and Linda portaged, while I got up speed and slid over one of the logs that was only about an inch out of the water. The last large log was just before Spring Creek joins the Chipola. You could go under on the left or over on the right. There were a few houses on the Creek, but we saw no one on that part of the trip.

Once we got on the Chipola we ran into a jon boat with five people in it and they slowed down said hi and went on their way. I think their intention was to go up Spring Creek, but the low water and log changed their minds. They took their time and passed us further down the river about the time we ran into another boat coming upstream. These were the only boats we saw until we got to the takeout.

We did not see much in the way of wildlife, a few birds and a few turtles. There were little asters and a yellow flower blooming. The trees were starting to turn colors in a few places.

Spring Creek to Magnolia Bridge- 3.4 miles. We put-in at Turnerís Landing, (Jackson St. (on Google Maps) or Turner Landing Rd.). The USGS gage at Marianna (North of Spring Creek US90) showed a depth of approximately 5.15 feet, with around 173 cfs. The USGS gage at Altha (South of Spring Creek) showed a depth of approximately 8.57 feet, with a cfs that was a little over 480. This is below the 25th percentile of 599 and a median of 806 cfs.

From Tallahassee go West and take I-10 exit 142 and merge onto SR 71 North (go towards Marianna) for 1.8 miles. Then turn left onto US 90 and go 2.62 miles, which is on Turner Landing Rd., which is off US 90. The take out is on the south side of Magnolia Bridge river right. Google directions to the take out from the put-in: Head southeast on US 90, 0.4 miles, turn right onto SR-71 for 2.5 miles. Then turn right onto Magnolia Rd. Go 1.0 mile, the destination will be across the bridge and on the left.

2500-2678 Turner Rd, Marianna, FL 32448, 30.752790, -85.197771

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 7.4
Fees/Costs $: 0

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsThere are other trips on the Chipola River, Merritts Mill Pond and the Florida Caverns State Park is just North of Marianna, FL.

Post Date: 9/2/2017

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