Sopchoppy River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

With its headwaters arising on the Apalachicola National Forest, the Sopchoppy River is a local favorite with non-motorized paddlers.

Boating - Non-motorized

  • Although some hardy paddlers put in at the top of Bradwell Bay Wilderness on Forest Highway 13 and paddle the six miles down to Forest Road 346, low flows and twisty turns can make this a challenging trip.

The U.S. Geological Survey stream gage at Oak Park Bridge on Forest Road 346 should read between 10 and 14 feet before this upper section is considered for paddling.

Below Oak Park Bridge, the Sopchoppy continues its tortuous meandering before becoming a larger blackwater river above the sleepy town of Sopchoppy. From there it is a much easier paddle to the boat ramps at the Sopchoppy City Park or the Ochlockonee River State Park.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael. When it reopens, check river levels before going out. Water levels between 10 and 14 feet make for good paddling.
Operational Hours: 24 hours
Fees Free

General Information

General Notes:


  • None

Licenses and Passes 


  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  


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