Stage 3 of the Suwannee Quest – the YakPak’s attempt to lead the Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association in paddling all 206 miles of the Suwannee River in Florida – one piece at a time.
After having to postpone twice in March due to thunderstorms we were finally able to complete the section from Cone Bridge Rd down to Suwannee Wayside at US 41 – about 16 kayaking miles – which includes Big Shoals and Little Shoals.
With all the recent rain the river was running 59.44 feet ASL at the White Springs gauge which meant Big Shoals was a definite Class III+. Needless to say, we used the portage and had lunch there to enjoy the sound and views of shoals. You can see a video we shot of Big Shoals HERE. Great teamwork was required among the participants to haul the kayaks around on the portage and find a decent place to put back in below the rapids with the river running so high.