Withlacoochee River (Suwannee River tributary)

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Withlacoochee River near the confluence with the Suwannee River

The Withlacoochee River originates in Georgia, northwest of Nashville, Georgia. It flows south through Berrien County where it joins the New River and forms part of the boundary between Berrien and Cook counties. It then flows south into Lowndes County, Georgia. At Troupville, Georgia the Little River joins the Withlacoochee River flows continues to flow south and forms part of the boundary between Lowndes and Brooks counties in Georgia. The river then flows into Florida for 1.34 miles Florida before returning into Georgia for an additional 2.44 miles. It then returns to Florida, forming the northeast boundary of Madison County, Florida and the western boundary of Hamilton County, Florida and eventually merges with the Suwannee at Suwannee River State Park west of Live Oak. The river is 115 miles (185 km) long.[1] It is believed to be the source for the name of the central Florida river of the same name.


The Withlacoochee River received its name from the Muskogean peoples who inhabited South Georgia. It comes from the compound Creek word ue-rakkuce [IPA: wiɬakːut͡ʃi], from ue "water", rakko "big", and -uce "small", with the rough translation "little river."[2][3] English speakers then changed the Muskogee voiceless lateral spelled r to "thl".


Crossing Carries Image Location ID number Coordinates


SP4 Derrell Danforth Bridge Georgia 354.svg SR 354 Lenox, Georgia to Alapaha, Georgia 31°19′21″N 83°17′51″W / 31.322594°N 83.297435°W / 31.322594; -83.297435
Oak Ford Bridge Georgia 125.svg SR 125 Tifton, Georgia to Nashville, Georgia 31°12′54″N 83°16′09″W / 31.215092°N 83.269252°W / 31.215092; -83.269252
Georgia and Florida Railroad (Abandoned 1967)
Line was formerly known as the Nashville and Sparks Railroad
31°12′20″N 83°16′22″W / 31.205501°N 83.272724°W / 31.205501; -83.272724
POW Fred L. Belcher Bridge Georgia 76.svg SR 76 Adel, Georgia to Nashville, Georgia 31°11′50″N 83°16′18″W / 31.197289°N 83.271790°W / 31.197289; -83.271790
Shellie W. Parrish Memorial Bridge
aka Williams Bridge
Georgia 37.svg SR 37
Adel, Georgia to Ray City, Georgia 31°07′13″N 83°19′17″W / 31.120233°N 83.321272°W / 31.120233; -83.321272
B Williams Bridge Old Lois Road (Closed) 31°07′58″N 83°18′45″W / 31.132777°N 83.312516°W / 31.132777; -83.312516
Futchs Bridge/Ferry Coffee Road 31°05′46″N 83°19′00″W / 31.096088°N 83.316711°W / 31.096088; -83.316711
Hagan Bridge Georgia 122.svg SR 122 Withlacoochee River sign, GA 122, Lowndes County.JPG Hahira, Georgia to Lakeland, Georgia 31°00′50″N 83°18′06″W / 31.013867°N 83.301798°W / 31.013867; -83.301798
Tyler Bridge Franklinville Road (Closed) 30°58′53″N 83°16′04″W / 30.981372°N 83.267727°W / 30.981372; -83.267727
Skipper Bridge Reed Road (Defunct) 30°57′25″N 83°16′11″W / 30.957000°N 83.269800°W / 30.957000; -83.269800
New Skipper Bridge Skipper Bridge Road 30°56′57″N 83°16′19″W / 30.949038°N 83.271902°W / 30.949038; -83.271902
Staten Road Bridge Staten Road 30°55′59″N 83°17′20″W / 30.932936°N 83.289006°W / 30.932936; -83.289006
Fender Bridge Staten Road (Defunct since before 1990s) 30°55′59″N 83°17′21″W / 30.933004°N 83.289189°W / 30.933004; -83.289189
Double Bridges US 41.svg US 41
Georgia 7.svg SR 7
Valdosta, Georgia 30°53′34″N 83°19′08″W / 30.892708°N 83.318815°W / 30.892708; -83.318815
Norfolk Southern Railway
Line formerly known as Georgia Southern and Florida Railway
Valdosta, Georgia 30°51′48″N 83°19′18″W / 30.863285°N 83.321587°W / 30.863285; -83.321587
I-75.svg Interstate 75 Troupville, Georgia 30°51′18″N 83°20′04″W / 30.855028°N 83.334319°W / 30.855028; -83.334319
Georgia 133.svg SR 133 Troupville, Georgia 30°51′00″N 83°20′22″W / 30.849994°N 83.339580°W / 30.849994; -83.339580
Valdosta, Moultrie and Western Railroad (Closed 1923, now defunct) 30°50′28″N 83°21′12″W / 30.841114°N 83.353470°W / 30.841114; -83.353470
US 84.svgUS 221.svgUS 84/221
Georgia 38.svg SR 38
Lowndes County line, US84EB.JPG Ousley, Georgia to Quitman, Georgia 30°47′37″N 83°27′13″W / 30.793568°N 83.453476°W / 30.793568; -83.453476
CSX Transportation
Line was formerly known as the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad
30°47′34″N 83°27′12″W / 30.792882°N 83.453391°W / 30.792882; -83.453391
Spook Bridge Old Quitman Highway (Closed) Blue Springs, Georgia 30°47′23″N 83°27′06″W / 30.789828°N 83.451651°W / 30.789828; -83.451651
Spains Bridge/Ferry Historically Spains Ferry Road (Defunct) Spains Ferry 30°44′57″N 83°28′57″W / 30.749137°N 83.482455°W / 30.749137; -83.482455
Knights Bridge/Ferry Historically Knights Ferry Road (Defunct) Knights Ferry 30°42′40″N 83°27′17″W / 30.711146°N 83.454755°W / 30.711146; -83.454755
Rocky Ford Bridge Rocky Ford Road/Clyattville-Nankin Road Rocky Ford 30°40′30″N 83°23′40″W / 30.674944°N 83.394416°W / 30.674944; -83.394416

Georgia – Florida[edit]

Valdosta Railway (Closed 1973) Old Valdosta Railway Bridge on the Withlacochee River.JPG 30°38′12″N 83°21′02″W / 30.636634°N 83.350468°W / 30.636634; -83.350468


Horns Ferry Bridge Georgia 31.svg SR 31 Georgia State Route 31 bridge, Aug 2015 c.JPG Clyattville, Georgia to Pinetta, Florida 30°38′07″N 83°18′42″W / 30.635379°N 83.311598°W / 30.635379; -83.311598
Old Horns Ferry Bridge (Built 1895, closed 1940, defunct) Clyattville, Georgia to Pinetta, Florida 30°38′07″N 83°18′35″W / 30.635298°N 83.309595°W / 30.635298; -83.309595


Florida 150.svg SR 150 Withacoochee River (Northern One) SR 150.jpg Bellville, Florida 30°35′48″N 83°15′35″W / 30.596707°N 83.259861°W / 30.596707; -83.259861
(Defunct) Bellville, Florida 30°35′45″N 83°15′34″W / 30.595830°N 83.259471°W / 30.595830; -83.259471
(Defunct) Madison Blue Spring State Park 30°28′58″N 83°14′37″W / 30.482897°N 83.243676°W / 30.482897; -83.243676
Florida 6.svg SR 6 Madison Blue Spring State Park 320016 30°28′56″N 83°14′36″W / 30.482288°N 83.243448°W / 30.482288; -83.243448
West Bridge Florida 141.svg SR 141 FL CR 141 Withlacoochee River bridge east01.jpg 30°24′37″N 83°10′48″W / 30.410215°N 83.179994°W / 30.410215; -83.179994


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 18, 2011
  2. ^ Simpson, J. Clarence (1956). Mark F. Boyd (ed.). Florida Place-Names of Indian Derivation. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Geological Survey.
  3. ^ Martin, Jack B.; Mauldin, Margaret McKane (2004-12-01). A Dictionary of Creek/Muskogee. U of Nebraska Press. p. 183. ISBN 0803283024.

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Coordinates: 30°23′14.2″N 83°10′17.9″W / 30.387278°N 83.171639°W / 30.387278; -83.171639