Withlacoochee River (Suwannee River)

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This article is about the northern Withlacoochee River. For the southern river, see Withlacoochee River (Florida).
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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.

Etymology[edit]

"Withlacoochee" probably stems from a Muskhogean dialect, which suggests that its application is comparatively recent. It is compounded of Creek we (water), thlako (big), and chee (little), or little big water. This word combination signifies little river in the Creek language, and as we-lako or wethlako may also refer to a lake, it may signify a river of lakes, or lake river. The St. Johns River which flows through a series of large and small lakes was called welaka by the Seminoles.[2]

Crossings[edit]

Crossing Carries Image Location ID number Coordinates

Georgia[edit]

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
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
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 Georgia 31.svg SR 31
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
Franklinville Road (Closed) 30°58′53″N 83°16′04″W / 30.981372°N 83.267727°W / 30.981372; -83.267727
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
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 84
Georgia 38.svg SR 38
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

Georgia[edit]

Horns Ferry Bridge Georgia 31.svg SR 31 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[edit]

Florida 150.svg SR 150 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 30°24′37″N 83°10′48″W / 30.410215°N 83.179994°W / 30.410215; -83.179994

Notes[edit]

  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. 

External links[edit]

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