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The Aucilla River is located SE of Tallahassee. It is a blackwater stream with numerous shoals and a few rapids.

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 Date: 7/21/2013
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 Miles: 9&6
(CR14 at Walker Springs Bridge) We just completed two days paddling here: 1) CR14 bridge to about half mile north of Goose Pasture Road. 2) Hernderson Landing to CR14 bridge.

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 Date: 4/18/2012
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 Miles: 9.7Photos: 2 
(Old Railroad Bridge to Goose P) We did 9.7 miles from the Old Railroad Bridge to just north of Goose Pasture Road

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 Date: 9/27/2009
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 Miles: 8.9Photos: 21 
(Aucilla River at Rocky Ford) The Aucilla River is located SE of Tallahassee. It is a blackwater stream with numerous shoals and a few rapids.

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paddlesolo on 4/22/2012 3:48pm
Thanks for the report, Rangerrick. The big rapid may have been Lost Dog Rapid. Anyway from the photos looks like your group paddled through a rock garden.
nate on 9/25/2010 8:54am
(cont.)
Well, back to the river. The lady was in the last rapids (the bad ones) so the rest of the trip was short. I paddled to the Aucilla Sink and watched the whirlpool for a minute and paddled back to my take-out place. I seem to remember 27 miles total. Not recommended as one day trip for faint of heart.
nate on 9/25/2010 8:47am
My next trip on the Aucilla was in 2001. I planted a vehicle at the "Old Burnt Bridge" also called the 'Old Walker Bridge", and put in at US27. I remember one tree down across the river just downstream from 27 but was able to cross it without portaging.
The Highlight of my trip was a young lady skinny dipping and posing nude for photo shots. When she say me coming she ducked down in the deepest water she could find, which happened to be right where I had to go to go. (cont.
nate on 9/25/2010 8:39am
In 1998 I put in at U.S. 27 (not a good place to park) and paddled upstream for five hours. There's an old rock dam about five miles upstream from 27 but can be portaged easy enough. I didn't have a GPS yet so I don't know exactly how far I went, but I know I was close to Seven Bridges Road because the river broke into fingers. (seven fingers, seven bridges). There are several pull overs and portage arounds in this section and I wouldn't recommend it for inexperienced paddlers or those who are not looking for a challenge, also don't try it in low water or flood stage. Moderate to average would would be fine.
paddlesolo on 10/5/2009 3:20pm
I had an e-mail from one of the paddlers on the Aucilla trip that did the run again. Interesting information about how water levels affect the paddle:

"Water level was 47.52. River was passable. We scraped bottom a couple of times and hung up on a couple of rocks. Never had to get out of the boats. Wouldn't recommend it for a group function. Would recommend more for whitewater kayaks. Did NOT go through Lost Dog Rapids. The difference there was amazing. An experienced person in a small whitewater kayak could make it, but that is about it."
paddlesolo on 10/1/2009 5:54pm
There were too many hunters to be poachers, and the deer was prominantly displayed on the vehicle. I looked at the hunting dates, and archery season started September 26 in the central part of the state. Must be the Water Management District adjoining the Aucilla River used that schedule.
slashpine on 9/30/2009 8:58pm
Excellent report. I have often been past Aucilla and wondered about it. The pics and description whetted my appetite. I'm a little curious about the "bagged" deer; I don't think it's deer season yet. I've know people who run over them and "bag" them that way...
Unknown on 9/30/2009 6:54pm
Quite the adventure and a superb report.


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