Little River, Gadsden County Report
(Little River Rd boat ramp)

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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 1/21/2013 
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The Little River is a dark water stream with swamps and high bluffs. It is in the Joe Budd Wildlife Management area.

My Report:

Mike, Leah, Linda, Lynn, Don, Gwen, Gary, Tom, Carole, Galen, Claudia, and John spent a pleasant Monday (MLK holiday) paddling from the boat ramp on Little River Rd. (just off CR 268) to Lake Talquin and back, for a total of 8.2 miles.

It was perfect paddling weather if you dressed for the initial cool air. No alligators were sighted, but one of the fishermen reported that there was a big one around the corner from the mouth of the Lake. No one went to look for it, but they did hear a big splash. We saw lots of anhinga and cormorants, a couple of kingfishers, one great blue heron, coots, and some osprey, as well as osprey nests near Lake Talquin. There were a few turtles out sunning and they did not seem to mind the paddlers. There were a large number (15?) of fishermen along the way and no wildlife was seen probably due to the large number of fishermen. They were all quite friendly, but there were three times as many as I have seen in the past.

We found a slew/bayou that is on the right as you return from the head of Lake Talquin that is good for eating lunch and stretching your legs. The rolling hill above the slew provides “cover” for private needs.

There were a few plants and trees in bloom: trillium, something in the blueberry family, a few blooms of primrose. The red maple trees were in bud, as well as some small tree that I could not ID.

Everyone I talked to said they had a good time and would like to do it again the future.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 8.2
Fees/Costs $: 0

Photos from Little River Rd boat ramp:    (Click image to view full size)

Boatramp Little Rive No Comm
Boatramp Little Rive

Short distance off CR268 Gadsden Co.

Underway down river No Comm
Underway down river

Off to the lake

Down river 2 No Comm
Down river 2
Down river No Comm
Down river

Looking south down river

Some of the bluffs No Comm
Some of the bluffs

One of many bluffs on the river.

More bluffs No Comm
More bluffs

More bluffs

Osprey Nest No Comm
Osprey Nest

Osprey Nest in bad repair

Lunch No Comm

Lunch spot just up from the mouth of the river. First bayou on the right going north, right after the thin white metal poll marking a stump.

Going back No Comm
Going back

River view going North.


Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsJoe Budd Wildlife Management Area

Post Date: 1/21/2013

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