Little River, Gadsden County Report
(SR 268 and Little River Rd.)


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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 9/16/2012 
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An 8.2 mile trip from the put in near SR 268 to Lake Talquin and back. It was a clear morning and not too warm. The boat ramp is a little more eroded on the left side, but this makes a good shallow place to load a boat and not scratch it up.

My Report:

09-16-2012- Little River. Linda N. and I did an 8.2 mile trip from the put in near SR 268 to Lake Talquin and back. It was a clear morning and not too warm. The boat ramp is a little more eroded on the left side, but this makes a good shallow place to load a boat and get in without scratching up the boat. The water is dam controlled and stays at about 68.5 feet, but the cfs was only about 35 so there was no water movement.
We saw two large alligators (6-8 feet) and three small (3-4 ft), one small deer, great blue heron, anhinga, kingfishers, hawk, limpkin, and other birds.

Plants in bloom: climbing hempvine (mikania scandens), white morning glory (calystegia sedium), spatter dock (Nymphaeaceae), smart weed (polygonum persicaria), primroses (ludwigia linearis and oenothera futicosa) and while not in bloom the oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia) and the cinnamon fern (osmundastrum cinnamomeum) were a very healthy shade of green along a high bank on the left side of the river going down. The dripping water added to the effect of the fern and hydrangea. Also, quit striking when you see it is the seeds of the parsley leaf hawthorn (crataegus marshallii) small bright red oblong (1/4 inch) and set away from the stem. These were very small bushes and easy to miss.

We met two fishing boats and they were very careful and friendly.

This is the USGS link for all of Florida. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/rt
This is the USGS link to The Little River. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/uv?site_no=02329600


So about 4 hours and 15 minutes of paddling on a river that is only 20 minutes from Tallahassee. The fishermen in summertime keep the lower river 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 six times, with water levels between 35 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.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 8.2
Fees/Costs $: 0


Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsBaer Creek Recreation area, Lake Talquin State Forest http://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 J~



Post Date: 9/22/2012

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