Little River, Gadsden County Report
(Little River, Gadsden County)


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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 10/23/2011 
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Little River is usually a slow moving dark water stream, some high banks and swamp like areas. There is always some wildlife to be seen and enjoyed. The 300 sq. mile drainage basin make for changeable water conditions when it rains. Check the USGS gage

My Report:

Trip Report Little River 10-23-11
The put in at Little River Road 4.1 miles to river mouth at Lake Talquin round trip is 8.2 miles of calm water paddling. We saw osprey, herons, cormorants, kingfishers, a turkey and ducks. We also saw two large (7 feet) alligators and maybe six little ones (18 inches). As we were coming back a deer jumped from a three foot high bank into the water swam to the other bank and crashed through the underbrush. I don't know if we scared it or something else did. Anyway, it was a neat show.


On an earlier trip we saw three little feral pigs and what we believe were bobcat tracks. This report was my 5th trip on the Little River.

So about 4 hours and 15 minutes of paddling on a river that is only 20 minutes from Tallahassee and we can add another 2 hours of river if we can figure out how to put in at the US 90 bridge. There are a lot of POSTED signs and no easy access to the water. There can be numerous pullovers in the river from US 90 to the SR 268 bridge. The put-in is just below the bridge (where the USGS river gage is) and the fishermen in summertime keep the lower section cleared.

The Little River has a small watershed of 300 sq. miles and the water levels can change a lot after a locally heavy rain. We have done the trip about five times, with water levels between 99 cfs and 164 cfs. There is little current in the river at these levels, but the animal life and the trees along this wide little stream make it an interesting trip every time. I an informed that at around 200 cfs there is a current and certainly above that level the trip back could become work.

Google maps
From Tallahassee
5050 W. Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32399
1. Head west on US-90 W/W Tennessee St toward Tennessee Capital Blvd
Continue to follow US-90 W
4.3 mi
2. Turn left onto E Brickyard Rd
2.0 mi
3. Slight left onto Co Hwy 268
0.4 mi
4. Co Hwy 268 turns slightly left and becomes M L King Blvd
2.1 mi
5. Continue onto High Bridge Rd
2.5 mi
Little River Rd (dirt mile or less) Parking 5 small cars
Arrowhead Campgrounds 4820 U.S. 90, Marianna, FL 32446 48 miles or 56 minutes.
1. Head northwest on FL-71 N/US-90 W toward Merritts Mill Rd
262 ft
2. Make a U-turn at Merritts Mill Rd
0.6 mi
3. Turn right onto FL-71 S
2.0 mi
4. Turn left to merge onto I-10 E
38.4 mi
5. Take exit 181 for FL-267 toward Quincy
0.3 mi
6. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Florida 267 S/State Route 20 and merge onto FL-267 S/Pat Thomas Pkwy
0.2 mi
7. Turn left onto Spooner Rd
2.5 mi
8. Turn left onto Old Federal Rd
2.3 mi
9. Turn right onto High Bridge Rd
1.6 mi
Little River Rd (dirt mile or less) Parking 5 small cars

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 8.2
Fees/Costs $: 0


Photos from Little River, Gadsden County:    (Click image to view full size)

Putin Little River No Comm
Putin Little River

Put in at Little River Rd, near Midway, Fl. October 23, 2011 at 99 cfs 30.510917,-84.524897.

River view No Comm
River view
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River view 5
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River view 6
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Put In


Special Interests and Comments:

Special Interestshttp://myfwc.com/media/1393719/Joe-Budd.pdf this site has information on hunting seasons in
Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area.
http://myfwc.com/media/305159/HuntMap_JoeBudd.pdf Map of Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area



Post Date: 4/5/2012

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