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Five paddlers met in Holt, Florida and drove 30 miles into Southern Alabama to paddle from Alabama to Florida on the Yellow River.

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 Date: 4/13/2012
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 Miles: 5-6
(Hwy 2 at Oak Grove) Great low, clear sandy bottom float-took some manuvers

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 Date: 9/19/2010
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 Miles: 8Photos: 15 
Sand bottomed river about 30 feet wide littered with logs to pull over and limbo logs. Water very low. Would suggest canoes. Spent lots of time out of kayak pulling to deep enough water to paddle.

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 Date: 4/17/2008
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 Miles: 8Photos: 8 
Five paddlers met in Holt, Florida and drove 30 miles into Southern Alabama to paddle from Alabama to Florida on the Yellow River.

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Unknown on 4/16/2012 6:15pm

spotted a black bear near the edge of the river (right side). After it barked, then growled, it took off. Otherwise the float was great

Otherwise? For me, seeing a bear makes a float great(er)
paddlesolo on 9/22/2010 4:04am
A canoe definitely had the advantage on the shallow Yellow River. I only had to get out 3 times, found water the rest of the trip. When I did the earlier paddle I thought the river was "drop-dead gorgeous". I think having to concentrate on finding the available water and seeing all the exposed downfall was a major detraction on this paddle.
hikeswithcanoe on 9/21/2010 6:49am
oops, second half of the report first.

As the day wore on even more, it became quite apparent to me that only with great luck would we be off the water before dark. Our only hope was the last 1.6 miles or so, where Hog Foot joins Five Runs. At that point, at least in my minds eye, the obstacles were few and far between. Sometime late in the afternoon, the sound of distant thunder started to threaten, but thank the river gods never arrived. For hours on end, I kept an eye on the GPS, constantly refiguring our unpleasant time line. If only we could reach Hog Foot Creek in time. If only our speed could increase significantly upon reaching it.

The group reached Hog Foot less than an hour before sunset. The water flow in the creek roughly doubled. The obstacles dropped dramatically and the group’s speed more than doubled. We reached the takeout after sunset right as twilight ended and darkness fully set in. It had taken 10.5 hours to travel 7.6 miles. Folks shuttled in the dark, packed in the dark, and everyone was on the road headed home by 10 pm
hikeswithcanoe on 9/21/2010 6:48am
Five Runs Dragathon

The second scheduled club trip on Five Runs Creek occurred on Saturday, the 24th of May. Victims included Jan, Gary, Austen, Diane, Buddy, Judi and George, as well as Kathy and Dan from the Tallahassee area. Everyone arrived at the dinner in Holt on time, in good spirits, and full of energy and optimism. Even the weather was beautiful. Unfortunately, though perhaps very importantly, the weather was the only thing to hold.

Seeing that the water level at Hwy 24 was only a few inches lower than previous trips, a run down the middle section above the highway seemed reasonable. Upon reaching the put in, the water level there also looked okay. Folks got busy, and by a little before 10 am, everyone was on the water. Going was slow at first, but as I remembered from the previous trip. Tragically though, slightly lower water meant much harder going. While perhaps the going was getting better, it was doing so slower than the rate at which the group was getting “tireder”. The first official rest was for about 15 minutes an hour and half into the trip, with the only other one being about 4 hours into the trip. After that, rest stops were just a few minutes here and there.

After about five hours of a grueling number of pullovers and portages, it became obvious to everyone that this was an endurance race against time. At about this point, Dan and Kathy “raced” ahead of the group to beat the setting sun and reportedly made it home safe and sound. On the previous trip on this section, we had suffered about two dozen pullovers. Before this trip was over, the group would suffer something like two hundred not so easy pullovers. Folks were wearing down, but the team spirit was strong and the group trudged on. The GPS would indicate a barely acceptable overall average speed, which would drop dramatically upon reaching a harder section of the creek, much to the trip leader’s dismay.

As the day wore on even more, it ~
ed on 9/21/2010 6:38am
GPAX - Incredible photos. Too bad about the repeated portages but it gave you more time to shoot pics!
hikeswithcanoe on 9/21/2010 6:29am

Where did on 5 Runs did you put in? I bet that creek WAS bad with a capital B, A, and D. We had one trip where it took us 11.5 hours to go about 7.5 miles (with nothing but a few short breaks here and there). Its probably not an exaggeration to say we had to get out of our boats between two and three hundred times. By the end I was dragging 3 boats and 2 people down the creek.

That was on one of the first, if not THE first club trips I officially organized and lead. Not a good way to start your paddling career.

I've been watching the water levels up there and I suspect the water is significantly lower than it was when we had a bad time!

When the water is up, it is one of my favorite creeks though.
pnerissa on 9/21/2010 5:18am
We had a similar experience on Saturday with the Florida Trail Association. We put in at 5 Runs in Alabama and paddled down to CR4. 5 Runs was portage hell. The Yellow was very low, but I only had to get out of my kayak once when I landed on a limestone shelf. Low water on the Yellow is no picnic.
admin on 4/25/2008 4:38am
Awesome! A new location for Northwest Florida and plenty of miles to Yellow River for exploring. Looks like a great day on the water and thanks for the nice photos.

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