Sopchoppy River Report
(FR 329 (Martian Bridge))


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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 12/4/2014 
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The Sopchoppy River is a beautiful blackwater river. This section provides 5 mile of some time technical obsticals, but is well worth the trip.

My Report:

Linda N., Don K., Cathy B., Jim O., Liz C., Ed and Marylyn and John paddled the 5 mile section of the Sopchoppy River from FR 329 (Martian Bridge) to FR 343 (Oak Park Bridge). One could not ask for a better day to go paddling, the weather was nice and warm. The water level was 11.5 ft and 160 cfs, which made for some tricky paddling for some of us. The water tempreture was taken twicw at different spots and was 57 degrees both times. (Thanks Jim) Do was a great help in getting people through the rough spots.


In the first tight spot with some fast water I managed to stick my paddle between two cypress knees and break off one end of the paddle. Lucky for me Ed had a spare paddle, other wise it would have been 4 ľ miles with a single blade.

There were numerous spots where one’s paddling skills were tested, narrow passages with moving water, but everyone came through fine. There was one slide over that has been there for a few years. Everyone cleared the log with a little extra effort. The big difference I noticed on this trip was that there were several sandbars toward the end of the trip.

The takeout was as bad as ever, up the steep river bank, but everyone managed with a little help.

No one reported any wildlife sightings and as usual there were no wildflowers in bloom.

All in all, it was a beautiful sunny day on a beautiful river. We plan to do it again on the 7th of December.

Directions
From South Tallahassee head south on US 319 (Crawfordville Rd) for 15 miles, turn right on Arran Rd (CR 368/becomes FR 13) downtown Crawfordville. Go 3.5 miles then take a slight left onto Forest Rd 365 and go for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Forest Rd 348 for 2.6 miles. Then turn Left onto Forest Rd 329 go for 0.3 miles and cross the bridge. The put in is on the right or northwest side of the river. 30.061889,-84.491773.

For the turnaround go back to Forest Rd 348 (0.3 miles) turn right and go for 0.6 miles turn right Forest Rd 349 for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Oak Park Rd and go for 0.9 miles, then right on Forest Rd 343 for 0.4 miles. The take out is on the left across the bridge (southwest side). 30.12978,-84.49394

The river gage is a t the take out bridge on Forest Rd 343 see the web site http://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/uv?site_no=02327100 .
Florida designated paddling trails
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/designated_paddle/sopchoppy_guide.pdf

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 5
Fees/Costs $: 0


Photos from FR 329 (Martian Bridge):    (Click image to view full size)

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This is an upstream view. Not hare to get under at 11.5 ft river level.

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View fron lunch spot.

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The path is lose sand and oak leaves, which make walking hard. About 90-100 feet.

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Note the shadow from left to right. It marks the edge of a five ft drop to the water.



Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsThere are several other trips on the Sopchoppy and there is a state park and city park near by.



Post Date: 12/7/2014

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