Green Wave Forum

Blackwater River Report
(Alabama Line to Kennedy Bridge)

View: More Blackwater River reports, Northwest FL Locations 

Report By:  erik    Date: 8/7/2012 
Rating:Trip Rating     Photos: None     Map & Directions: View

Alabama state line to Kennedy Road Bridge.

My Report:

This section of the Blackwater River is described in:

A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Florida - Volume I (1985)
A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Florida (2005)
Canoeing and Kayaking Florida (2007)
...basically the same book.

I added the section from the state line since it is only 1/2 mile and has few obstructions. I did not see a state line marker at the state line, as seen on several other rivers.

I had originally planned to include the 5 mile section from Chesser Bridge with the 30 mile trip I completed yesterday from Kennedy Bridge to Deaton Bridge. I am glad I did not. I encountered approximately 60 log crossings and approximately 20 log jams. It took four hours to complete this section, and as much energy as completing the 30 mile run from Kennedy Bridge to Deaton Bridge. However, this section is the most scenic of all the sections downstream to Deaton Bridge and worth the effort.

The gauge height at Bradley, AL ( was 0.98 feet this morning when I departed. Higher would be better and ~6" lower would result in many groundings.

Get Map & Directions for this trip

Location Data:

Difficulty: Difficult
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 5.5
Fees/Costs $: 0

Post Date: 8/7/2012

Go to erik's Trip JournalMore Trips and Comments on Blackwater River
More Northwest FL LocationsView Regions

Notice: Reported conditions may change and there may be errors in this text. Green Wave Forum and author(s) of individual reports shall not be held liable for any omissions and inaccuracies contained herein. Readers are cautioned to supplement reports with other sources of information when planning a trip.