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Columbus to Apalachicola Paddle Trip Day #7 - Neal’s Landing

This day will take us through Lake Seminole and the confluence of the Flint River.  We will stop off at one of the fish camps along the way for a luncheon in what was once a Corps of Engineers construction camp when the lake was being built.  Lake Seminole is a broad and very shallow lake where you will see huge broad pans of water lilly and forests of stumps in what was once a forest of pine and live oak.  We will pass through the lock on Lake Seminole and emerge into the Apalachicola River where we will make the brief paddle to Chattahoochee Landing.

This is our last day on the Chattahoochee River and the start of the Apalachicola River, which is formed by the confluence of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers at approximately the center of Lake Seminole. The Jim Woodruff Dam and lock were part of the 1950s era project that established the shipping channel which extends all the way to Columbus, Georgia. 

Everyone will boat across Lake Seminole aboard the Starfish, with options to either remain aboard the Starfish or paddle through the lock to Chattahoochee Landing.

This day concludes the first week of the river trip with participants reaching Chattahoochee Landing to meet up with folks joining us for the second week of the trip.  After arriving at Chattahoochee Landing, we will tour the Jim Woodruff Dam at Lake Seminole and the historic city of Chattahoochee. For those ending the trip here, a van shuttle will return you to Apalachicola, Columbus or Atlanta.

Later in the evening, spend time getting acquainted with new campers and enjoy a cookout at the magnificent 140 acre Chattahoochee Landing Site recently acquired for expansion of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum.  This location has a magnificent view of the river and dam. It is situated on a high bluff overlooking the limestone banks where multiple clear freshwater springs come forth to create the spawning habitat of the endangered sturgeon.  This was a major steamboat junction in the 1800s, and the frames of several of the steamboats can still be seen at the river’s edge.  

Chattahoochee Arrival and Departures – For those joining us for the second week of the trip, please plan to arrive early on this day to check in for the trip and get situated at the camp site.  If you are going to take the shuttle bus, be sure to arrive on time.  The departure point for the shuttle from Apalachicola is the Maritime Museum at 103 Water Street.  Alternatively, you can leave your car at the Chattahoochee Landing departure site and plan to take the shuttle back from Apalachicola after the trip.  If you are taking the shuttle from Atlanta, the departure site is The Dam Store at 1250 Buford Dam Road. 

Both sites are secure and have no charge.  For those with us on the first week of the trip, we will arrive at Chattahoochee Landing via the river. Plans are to traverse Lake Seminole aboard the Starfish. Those wishing to paddle a portion of this day will have the option to kayak or canoe through the locks and paddle to Chattahoochee Landing.

If you are departing after the Columbus to Chattahoochee section of the trip, a shuttle will return you to Columbus, Atlanta or Apalachicola. If you are continuing the paddle trip, simply find a spot to pitch your tent and get ready for afternoon activities in Chattahoochee.

This day concludes the first week for the trip with participants reaching Chattahoochee Landing to meet up with participants joining us for the second week of the trip.  After arriving at Chattahoochee Landing,  we will tour the Jim Woodruff Dam at Lake Seminole and historic Chattahoochee. Later that evening, spend time getting acquainted with new campers and enjoy a cookout at the magnificent 140 acre Chattahoochee Landing Site recently acquired for expansion of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum.  This location has a magnificent view of the river and dam and overlooks the limestone banks where multiple clear freshwater springs come forth to create the spawning habitat of the endangered sturgeon.  This was a major steamboat junction in the 1800s, and the frames of several of the steamboats can still be seen at the river’s edge.

Price: $125.00
Duration: 1 day
Distance: 20 Miles

Start Point: Neal’s Landing

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End Point: Chattahoochee Landing

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Meeting Point: XXX - Holding area for inactive obsolete trips

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