August 24, 2013
For the second year in a row, the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance set out for its Annual Choccolocco Creek Paddle Trip on Saturday August 24th. The CCWA partnered with the Anniston Outdoor Association and the Jacksonville State University’s Field School program to host a paddle trip for folks to get out on the water and paddle through some of the most beautiful sections of lower Choccolocco Creek. 9 paddlers enjoyed the 4 mile trek down the smooth waters of the creek. The trip was the perfect way for the CCWA to work with these great partners to invite their members and friends as well as local residents to get better acquainted with the often underappreciated creek. Choccolocco Creek was recently added to the Alabama Scenic River Trail in November of 2012 after the supporting county resolutions were passed. Being listed as a new leg of the Scenic River Trail aides in bringing attention towards making the creek more accessible and enjoyable to paddlers.
The lower Choccolocco Creek, where the group paddled Saturday, is wider and more relaxed than further upstream but there are still hidden gems like Jackson Shoals which create riffles, runs and pools, all important aquatic habitats for species living on the creek. Paddlers were able to visit the shoals and also spend the late morning hours paddling the peaceful waters through forested and agricultural areas. The group was able to spot late summer wildflowers and even an osprey flying overhead carrying a fish in its talons. The group ended its journey at the Hwy 77 boat ramp, now much cleaner after the CCWA and Logan Martin Lake Protection Association included the area in the renowned Renew Our Rivers clean-up effort in March of this year.
The CCWA spends much of its time highlighting the unique and beautiful places within the watershed and creating opportunities like this one for people from the community to explore these places for themselves. The group’s goal is to promote the various recreational opportunities available in the watershed, as well as encourage stewardship of the land and water within it.
For more information on the event or on future CCWA efforts, please visit their website at: www.choccoloccocreekalliance.org and check out their Events Calendar where you can now register online. You can also contact Christy Claes the CCWA coordinator at 256.454.6347 for other recreational opportunities with the CCWA.
Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance consists of a group of informed stakeholders, both public and private, with a common interest in implementing strategies to improve, protect and promote the Choccolocco Creek watershed.