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Chipola River Report
(Chipola at Yancy Bridge)

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Report By:  paddlesolo    Date: 6/10/2011 
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A five mile paddle from Yancey Bridge to the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area with a Greenwave paddling friend.

My Report:

There has been an extended drought in the area, but the Chipola River usually has water for paddling, so when one of my Greenwave/Facebook friends said she would be in the area and would like to paddle with me, it was a go. I loaded up a couple kayaks and met Joy at Yancey Bridge at 8:30. After the shuttle we were off.

The water was too low to get up into Sandbag Spring, so we paddled past that area of interest. When we came to the Island, we had no choice but to go right as there was not enough water to go left. At this spot there was a nice shoal that pushed us down stream. Next came a narrow opening between the bank and a log which took a little assistance to negotiate. There is extensive downfall in the area above US 90 and it was all exposed more than I had ever seen. There were two additional spots were we got out of our kayaks because of low water, and blockage by downfall. After the US 90 Bridge, we were able to paddle freely.

The Ibis were out in force in a feeding frenzy. I was taking pictures of the riverbank, and turned and looked ahead, and a Red-Shouldered Hawk was sitting on a limb right in front of me. Missed that shot. The water birds we identified were Great Blue Heron, several Little Blue Herons, a Coot, more Ibis than I could count, the Hawk, and an owl at the Hinson Park boat landing.

When I got home I looked at the water level on the USGS gage and it was 4.59, about 2 feet lower than the summer average. One resource said that most of the water now in the Chipola is coming from springs and the clarity of the water would confirm this observation.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 5
Fees/Costs $: free

Photos from Chipola at Yancy Bridge:    (Click image to view full size)

Upstream from Yancey Restricted
Upstream from Yancey
Paddles Ready Restricted
Paddles Ready

Formal pose before we paddle.

Ibis Restricted
Fossil Hunt Restricted
Fossil Hunt

This cutie and her dad were walking along the river bank looking for the perfect spot to find shark teeth and arrowheads in the river.

Great Blue Heron Restricted
Great Blue Heron

Seems like they would be more appropriately named "Great Grey Heron".

Spider Lilies Restricted
Spider Lilies

Most of the Spider Lilies had bloomed and gone to seed, just found a few blooms still visible.

New Growth Restricted
New Growth

Bright green growth where normally there would be water.

HCRA Boat Landing Restricted
HCRA Boat Landing

The is the canoe/kayak landing at the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area Park.

Hinson Park Restricted
Hinson Park
Hinson Park II Restricted
Hinson Park II
Hinson Park III Restricted
Hinson Park III

Post Date: 6/13/2011

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