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Dry Creek (Lower) - Chipola


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Dry Creek is located just south of Marianna, Fl and flows into the Chipola River. It is a small, twisty, well canopied, spring feed creek surrounded mostly by flood plain and has very little development on it.

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 Date: 7/3/2010
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 Miles: 10Photos: 16 
This paddle was from SR 73 south of Marianna down 6 miles of Dry Creek to the confluence of the Chipola River than another 4 miles to Peacock Bridge.

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 Date: 11/14/2009
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 Miles: 9
Dry Creek is located just south of Marianna, Fl and flows into the Chipola River. It is a small, twisty, well canopied, spring feed creek surrounded mostly by flood plain and has very little development on it.

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morganfj on 1/19/2015 10:05pm
OK.. the Farmer's Bridge shown in the photo has been destroyed by floods and vandals and is now gone except for Pillars on one side. Know locally as Old Iron Bridge... The old mill dam is still North of this just off of Hwy 73. This close I would suggest Old Bellamy Bridge north of Marianna on upper Chipola and also Caverns Park above the land bridge.. many beautiful hidden springs.. Cheers.
hikeswithcanoe on 11/6/2012 6:02am
Just an update on Dry Creek. We did some clearing work on Lower Dry this past weekend and that section now only has about 3 places now where you have to get out. The worst one with the deepest water can be portaged on river left. There are still plenty of spots that you have to search for the water deep enough to get over and plenty of stuff you have to manuever around and stuff where you have to get up speed to slide over but if you are good paddler used to that kind of stuff it should be no problem.

The folks that ran the Florida Rendevous also did some clearing work on Upper Dry Creek before the event. So now both sections are prety much clear and you can do a long trip if you so desire.
admin on 7/6/2010 7:18am
Nice trip report. Like the group photo and the shoals look like fun to run.
paddlesolo on 7/4/2010 9:14pm
I know better than to go on one of your "wild-hair" paddles. You are a better man than I am.
hikeswithcanoe on 7/4/2010 7:06am

Six pullovers? OMG... the inhumanity of it all :)

Thanks for the report and write up. Was the water on the creek pretty clear for you this time? Did you look at the spring on the Chipola that was on the river left bank very shorty after you entered from Dry Creek?

I'll have to take you guys on my favorite creek when conditions are "optimal". We only had somewhere between 200 and 300 pullovers to go 7.8 miles (no, this is probably NOT an exaggeration).
paddlesolo on 7/3/2010 7:02pm
They were all forewarned that we would be "bushwhacking". There was one fellow that is experienced at clearing creeks, and if I can round up a few more guys with chain saws to help him, maybe we can make it more accessible to the average paddler. It is a beautiful spring-fed stream.
Unknown on 7/3/2010 5:45pm
Six pullovers. You certainly had a group determined to make it down the Creek. I might have said, "Bleep it" after the second and turned back.
Unknown on 11/24/2009 8:17pm
Great detail. I like the advice about walking downstream of springs, to keep them from getting cloudy.
admin on 11/23/2009 7:25am
Thanks for the trip report, HikesWIthCanoe. You bring up a good point about being considerate when accessing put-ins on private property.


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