Spring Creek, Ga Report
(US84 Bridge West of Brinson)


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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 5/3/2015 
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The river is wide in most places and there are a few houses along the river. There was a log across one narrow place, but it will probably be washed away in time and it can be avoided going right.

My Report:

Randy Lazenby (from Birmingham, Alabama), Linda N., Hal, Carole B., Charlotte and John went on an 8.5 mile trip on Spring Creek southeast of Brinson, GA. It was a beautiful day and the temperature became a little warm during the last mile or so. Since it was Georgia, the gnats and flies were in abundance, but the scenery along the river made up for the bugs at the put-in and takeout. There were some large houses along the river and also some that looked like they were ready to fall into the river. There were several locations where the river was running through the trees, but the main part of the stream was apparent and easy to navigate.


Navigation on this section of the river is a little tricky. Take your first left turn, then take your next right turn; after that, always take left turns, whenever you have a choice. There is one place where you can go left or right (see the picture of the stumps in the water-left easy/right may be hard). We saw ten motorboats on the river, most near the take-out. Georgia motorboat people do not slow down or do not slow down much for kayakers. The ‘lunch spot’ that Ed and Marylyn identified had three or four motorboats pulled and three or four families with kids were fishing and otherwise carrying on.

At the one spring that is open to the public, we talked with a fellow kayaker from Bainbridge.

Plants blooming: The one Walter’s Viburnum (V. obovatum), elderberry, catalpa tree and green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum).

Animals: 3 squirrels, some deer, many small turtles, couple of fish, a water snake that tried to get in Charlotte’s kayak while trying to escape the path of a motorboat, and a hawk.

The water level at the Iron City gauge was 7.42 ft. and the cfs was 775 (this is above the median of 739). The creek is wide in most places, but there was a noticeable current. There were a few places where trees had to be navigated around and one log that closed most of a narrow passage.

Immediately after leaving the takeout, Charlotte’s car had engine trouble and Linda and Carole provided boat and person hauling services, while John stayed behind to wait for the wrecker to take the car back to Tallahassee. Luckily the wrecker arrived within an hour and it cost less than $400 to repair. Also, thanks to Hal and Randy for moving the boats. It was interesting to see four boats in the back of Linda’s truck and “Big Bertha” (the tandem Keowee) and Carole’s kayak on Carole’s car.

To get there: From Tallahassee, take either US27 North to Bainbridge turn onto US84 W or miss the big city of Havana (and save about ˝ hour) by turning left on CR159 at the plant nursery sign (just past the Christmas Tree Farm on the left and a church on the right). Shortly after turning onto CR159, cross the railroad tracks and take immediate right turn, travel for 22.7 miles (after 8 miles, CR159 becomes GA309). Turn left on GA97 go 0.2 miles and go right onto US84/US27 and travel for 2.1 miles to U.S. 84 exit. Take US84 W towards Donalsonville/Dothan for 0.2 miles (the Kangaroo Station there makes a good meeting place, has a Subway eatery-GA gas is cheaper than FL and has a restroom (editor’s comment – no restrooms located at put-in or take-out), travel 10 miles on US84, cross the bridge for Spring Creek and turn left and once across US84 make an immediate left into the park with a boat ramp (30.9754,-84.746094 or 3755 Dothan Rd, Brinson, Ga. 39825).

To travel to the takeout, take US-84 S to GA-310 (Yates Springs St.), travel 5.2 miles. Turn right on Smith Landing Road travel 0.3 miles to the end of the road. To return to Tallahassee, take Smith Landing Rd. to GA-310 (0.3 miles) turn right go to GA-256 (1.9 miles) turn left, traveling 9.3 miles to Bainbridge. Merge on US-84/US-27 and stay on US_27 to Tallahassee or go 1.4 miles and turn on Faceville Hwy/GA-97 for 0.2 miles, turn left on W Alice Rd travel 0.3 miles, turn right on GA-309. This is the reverse of the alternate route to Tallahassee.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 8.5
Fees/Costs $: 0


Photos from US84 Bridge West of Brinson:    (Click image to view full size)

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Log across a narrow spot

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Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsThere are several other possible river trips.



Post Date: 5/4/2015

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