Sopchoppy River

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Sopchoppy River
Location
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountiesLeon, Wakulla
DistrictNWFWMD
Physical characteristics
SourceEast Branch
 ⁃ locationApalachicola National Forest, Leon County, Florida
 ⁃ coordinates30°18′29″N 84°34′38″W / 30.30806°N 84.57722°W / 30.30806; -84.57722
MouthOchlockonee Bay
 ⁃ location
Surf, Wakulla County, Florida
 ⁃ coordinates
29°59′23″N 84°25′56″W / 29.98972°N 84.43222°W / 29.98972; -84.43222Coordinates: 29°59′23″N 84°25′56″W / 29.98972°N 84.43222°W / 29.98972; -84.43222
Length46 mi (74 km)
Basin size330 sq mi (850 km2)
Discharge 
 ⁃ locationSopchoppy, Florida
 ⁃ average5.6 m3/s (200 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ minimum1.8 m3/s (64 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ maximum8.9 m3/s (310 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftBuckhorn Creek
 ⁃ rightMonkey Creek

The Sopchoppy River is a minor river in the Florida Big Bend. A tributary of the Ochlockonee River, it is approximately 46 miles (74 km) in length[1] and nearly entirely within Wakulla County, with only a small part of its East Branch entering Leon County.

The river flows through the Apalachicola National Forest and the Bradwell Bay Wilderness, in addition to through the town of Sopchoppy, and a canoe trail 15 miles (24 km) in length is designated along its length from the Oak Park Cemetery Bridge to US 319.

List of crossings[edit]

Crossing Carries Image Location Coordinates
Forest Road 306 (East Branch) 30°17′58″N 84°34′50″W / 30.29944°N 84.58056°W / 30.29944; -84.58056
Forest Road 344 (West Branch) 30°15′56″N 84°37′07″W / 30.26556°N 84.61861°W / 30.26556; -84.61861
Forest Road 309 (West Branch)
(East Branch)
30°15′32″N 84°35′52″W / 30.25889°N 84.59778°W / 30.25889; -84.59778
30°15′19″N 84°35′23″W / 30.25528°N 84.58972°W / 30.25528; -84.58972
Convergence of East and West Branches
Forest Highway 13 30°13′50″N 84°32′17″W / 30.23056°N 84.53806°W / 30.23056; -84.53806
Forest Road 329 30°10′13″N 84°29′54″W / 30.17028°N 84.49833°W / 30.17028; -84.49833
Oak Park Cemetery Bridge Forest Road 346 30°07′47″N 84°29′37″W / 30.12972°N 84.49361°W / 30.12972; -84.49361
Mount Beasor Road 30°05′52″N 84°31′09″W / 30.09778°N 84.51917°W / 30.09778; -84.51917
Wakulla County 375.svg CR 375
Smith Creek Road
Sopchoppy River FL CR 375 bridge north01.jpg Sopchoppy 30°03′49″N 84°30′02″W / 30.06361°N 84.50056°W / 30.06361; -84.50056
CR 22
Rose Street
Sopchoppy River FL CR 22 bridge south01.jpg Sopchoppy 30°03′46″N 84°30′03″W / 30.06278°N 84.50083°W / 30.06278; -84.50083
US 319.svg US 319
Sopchoppy Highway
Sopchoppy 30°01′20″N 84°25′59″W / 30.02222°N 84.43306°W / 30.02222; -84.43306

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boning, Charles R. 2007. Florida's Rivers. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1-56164-400-1