“Whiskey George is a beautiful tannic creek originating in Tate’s Hell State Forest. It meanders through pine flatwoods and salt marshes to East Bay. Good birding route. ( FWC, “Appalachicola River: Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System”.)
These photos were taken on a paddling trip on November 19, 2013.
We saw a fisherman catch a 20-22 inch redfish and return it back into the water, ospreys, flocks of crows, kingfishers, a huge alligator which we surprised, a protothonary warbler, several other unidentified birds. There is a primitive camp site on this creek in Tate’s Hell, accessible by a mucky bank. There is another called Whiskey George campsite, at Forestry roads 10 and 25. This creek is tidally influenced — we paddled upstream against the tide and returned, also, against the tide. It was not a difficult paddle.
It seems from the GRASI maps, that there are military crossings planned in two places on the upper sections of this creek by vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons, near the Whiskey George campsite. Whiskey George empties into East Bay and then into Apalachicola Bay. East Bay’s estuary is a very important nursery for Apalachicola Bay.
- Franklin County Commission unanimously opposes GRASI proposal in Tate’s Hell State Forest (letterstograsi-flofficials.com)