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Econfina River questions and thoughts

Posted: January 2nd, 2021, 2:16 am
by BloodyChamp
Does anybody here know of “the old swimmin hole” on the Econfina in Shady Grove? I can’t find anything on this anywhere accept for 1 mention on FB. I have a message in to that person but for all I know that message is in limbo for eternity.

I know it’s somewhere there because I was there often in my early teens with my friend from Shady Grove, but only then as the Econfina was just outside of my stomping grounds unless he invited me over. Obviously it wouldn’t be hard to find but I thought I would try and get a jump on it.

We fished all up and down that part of the river but we were not the great fishermen we thought we were just yet. We’d catch bream and catfish. We’d see bass but they were like their blackwater neighbors on the Aucilla - not dumb.

Re: Econfina River questions and thoughts

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 2:09 pm
by ropeman
I don't know anything about the area, but it looks interesting from the maps. I wonder how long it would take to paddle from the bridge on 19 to the bridge on 98?

Re: Econfina River questions and thoughts

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 3:09 pm
by ugadawg
I can paddle about 3-4 mph in open water, so with a decent flow it would be paddled in 4-5 hrs if you never stopped. However, deadfall changes everything. If I were to paddle it, I would allot 12 hrs of paddle time.

Re: Econfina River questions and thoughts

Posted: January 15th, 2021, 12:35 am
by BloodyChamp
I’m obviously not the expert on the river but at the bridge alone it appears that it’s St Marksish. Really just a swamp until it finally opens up for good for a shorter distance than what was swamp from the beginning. There probably some hidden gem spots sprinkled here and there though, like the swimming hole. I think I read that there’s also a natural bridge somewhere but that might have been that other Econfina River. But what the heck we might still have to try it!