Little River, Gadsden County Report
(Little River)

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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 2/9/2014 
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This is a 4.1 mile paddle down to the lake and the same distance back. There are 30 foot high bluffs and swamp along the river. Depending on the time of year and how quiet you there are lots on animals and birds.

My Report:

Lead by our illustrious leader and ACKC President (aka Queen) Linda Nicholsen, Dave Watson and Linda Cisne, Dave and Julie Willoughy, Hal Davis, Knox Bagwell and John Lorenz took in a beautiful sunny Feb. in the morning but warmed up to 70 on the Little River.

There were a number of fishermen (10 to 12 boats) on the river, but as always very courteous. There was some red clay put down on part of the parking area in what looks like a vane attempt to make the parking area a little larger and flatter. A few good rain storms should wash it into the water.

The river was up a small amount to 69 ft and 253 cfs, while most of the time the Little River is around 68.58 ft and less than 200 cfs. There was a small current, so what I say in these cases is it is 3 miles down to the lake and 5 miles back. Actually, the trip is 8.2 miles round trip.

We saw few animals at first, but did see a dead deer in the water a little over halfway down the river. Birds were the main life forms: One white heron, one osprey, several hawks, woodpeckers, buzzards, lots of anhinga, cormorants, and LBB (little brown birds). I saw around ten turtles, but with all the boat traffic I assume there were many more.

The red maple is starting to bud and one of the blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii) is in bloom, small trees like alder (Alnus incana), cypress, and ironwood (Ostrya virginiana) are sending out catkins, which looks like tiny pine-cones. (The male catkins are about 2 mm (0.08 in) in diameter and are borne in slender, purplish, drooping clusters 7 to 13 cm (3 to 5 in) long that are conspicuous during the winter on this deciduous conifer). The butterweed (Packera glabella) is in bud and should be out with itís bright yellow flowers by next week.

Best of all no bugs.

This is the USGS river guagelink for all of Florida.

This is the USGS link to The Little River.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 8.2
Fees/Costs $: o

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

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Tree down

Fishermen spent a lot of time cutting this large tree with an ax. View from upstream.

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Tree down2

Fishermen spent a lot of time cutting this large tree with an ax. View from Downstream.<br />

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Birch Trees
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Birch Trees
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There are not many places to get out of your boat on the Little River. At this higher than usual water level it may be easier to get get out, but swampy.

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Osprey Nest

Osprey Nest is on of two nests the mouth of the river.

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Lake view

View of the Lake Taiquin. Today it was calm, but usually there a lot of choppy water.

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsNear Joe Budd and Bear Creek

Post Date: 2/11/2014

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