Knights Ferry Boat Ramp

Valdosta, Georgia

At the end of a dirt road in the woods, this bucolic boat ramp is a great place to put in for a 6.65-mile paddle downstream on the subtropical blackwater Withlacoochee River, past cypress knees, tupelo trees, and wild azaleas in the spring.
Alligators are not often seen here, but turtles are common.
You might see a great blue heron.

Paddle time will vary from about 3.5 hours if the water level is good, to dragging the boat if it's too low (2.0' or 85.5' NAVD88), to very fast if it's high (highest safe 10.5' or 94' NAVD88), or on the Quitman USGS gauge at US 84.
If the parking lot is flooded, come back another day.

Ramp: Concrete boat ramp in 2 acre park , PARKING: Free, PICNIC AREA

Photo: John S. Quarterman, 2019-06-16, during PaddleGA2019.

http://wwals.net/maps/withlacoochee-river-water-trail/wrwt-map/wrwt-access/#Knights-Ferry-Boat-Ramp

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 20th, 2021. Suwannee Riverkeeper of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 21st, 2021 at 3:43 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Knights Ferry Boat Ramp is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

The WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS) and Suwannee Riverkeeper staff and volunteers collect, process, and analyze water quality data for the Withlacoochee River.

Water is sampled weekly, year-round. Water is sampled for E. coli. The City of Valdosta samples three times a week down to the GA-FL line, and Madison Health samples once or twice a week below that. Farther downstream, other Florida agencies also sample after a sewage spill. Results are shared one to three days after sampling.

A beach is marked GREEN when sample results are below 126 E .coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked RED when a recent sample result is 410 E. coli/100 mL, or the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is equal to or above 126 E. coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked GREY when there are no current results, or there is no available information.

Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table, and in colony-forming units (CFU) per 100 milli-Liters of water (cfu/100 mL).

To report a contamination issue, please use this form: https://forms.gle/ye2FdfaF6UknuxgH7
Or call: 850-290-2350 / send email to contact@suwanneeriverkeeper.org

Please visit http://wwals.net/issues/testing/ for more information.
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Water Quality Graph

Knights Ferry Boat Ramp

Valdosta, Georgia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 20th, 2021. Suwannee Riverkeeper of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 21st, 2021 at 3:43 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

At the end of a dirt road in the woods, this bucolic boat ramp is a great place to put in for a 6.65-mile paddle downstream on the subtropical blackwater Withlacoochee River, past cypress knees, tupelo trees, and wild azaleas in the spring.
Alligators are not often seen here, but turtles are common.
You might see a great blue heron.

Paddle time will vary from about 3.5 hours if the water level is good, to dragging the boat if it's too low (2.0' or 85.5' NAVD88), to very fast if it's high (highest safe 10.5' or 94' NAVD88), or on the Quitman USGS gauge at US 84.
If the parking lot is flooded, come back another day.

Ramp: Concrete boat ramp in 2 acre park , PARKING: Free, PICNIC AREA

Photo: John S. Quarterman, 2019-06-16, during PaddleGA2019.

http://wwals.net/maps/withlacoochee-river-water-trail/wrwt-map/wrwt-access/#Knights-Ferry-Boat-Ramp

Monitoring Frequency

Knights Ferry Boat Ramp is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

The WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS) and Suwannee Riverkeeper staff and volunteers collect, process, and analyze water quality data for the Withlacoochee River.

Water is sampled weekly, year-round. Water is sampled for E. coli. The City of Valdosta samples three times a week down to the GA-FL line, and Madison Health samples once or twice a week below that. Farther downstream, other Florida agencies also sample after a sewage spill. Results are shared one to three days after sampling.

A beach is marked GREEN when sample results are below 126 E .coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked RED when a recent sample result is 410 E. coli/100 mL, or the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is equal to or above 126 E. coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked GREY when there are no current results, or there is no available information.

Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table, and in colony-forming units (CFU) per 100 milli-Liters of water (cfu/100 mL).

To report a contamination issue, please use this form: https://forms.gle/ye2FdfaF6UknuxgH7
Or call: 850-290-2350 / send email to contact@suwanneeriverkeeper.org

Please visit http://wwals.net/issues/testing/ for more information.
Please visit for more http://wwals.net/ information.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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