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The Creek War at Pittman Ferry in Holmes County, Florida

Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.
Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.

Pittman Ferry, now called East Pittman Creek Landing, is a park and boat landing on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida.

Developed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the landing is adjacent to the State Road 2 bridge and marks the northern end of the state-designated Choctawhatchee River Blueway paddling trail.

Pittman Ferry played an important role in the last stand of the Creek Indians east of the Mississippi River. Learn the story by clicking play on this video:

Pittman Ferry served as a landing for paddlewheel riverboats into the 20th century and – as the name implies – was the location of an early ferry crossing.

Today’s East Pittman Creek Landing is a beautiful little bluff-top park area. Amenities including a paved boat ramp, picnic tables, grill and portable toilets. The park is open daily and is just off State Road 2 at the end of Choctawhatchee Lane.

Directions and more information:

Northwest Florida Water Management District East Pittman Creek

Choctawhatchee River Blueway Guide

Also of interest:

Curry Ferry Landing: Revolutionary War crossing point in Holmes County, Florida

Curry Ferry Landing is a boat launch on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida… but it is also much more!

The ferry was in use before the American Revolution and was used by British troops during that conflict. Click play to watch this fascinating story:

If you enjoyed the story of Curry Ferry Landing, you might enjoy learning about some of the other sites along the Jackson and Holmes County section of the old Pensacola – St. Augustine Road:

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Overnight River Level Updates – 1/7/2017

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
View from the Chipola River Overlook on East Jackson Street in Marianna.
View from the Chipola River Overlook on East Jackson Street in Marianna.

OVERNIGHT UPDATE (1/7/2017)

More rain is falling across the area but it is too soon to know what impact it might have on river levels. The Choctawhatchee had crested at Pittman and Caryville, the Chipola had crested at Marianna and the Apalachicola had crested at Chattahoochee but that was before the overnight rains.

Here are the latest river levels as of midnight:

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida

***Flood Warning in Effect***

18.71 feet and falling.
Flood Stage is 19 feet.
The Chipola River at Marianna has now fallen back below flood stage but remains very high. The river is over its banks throughout Jackson County and into Calhoun County. Some roads and the campground at Florida Caverns State Park are closed. Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is closed.

Chipola River near Altha, Florida

***Flood Warning in Effect***

22.03 feet and rising.
Flood Stage is 22 feet,
The Chipola River at Altha continues to rise and is now above flood stage. The projected crest of 22.4 feet is expected to take place sometime on Saturday.

Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee, Florida

River level at Chattahochee is 60.57 feet and falling.
Flood stage is 66 feet.
The Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee crested on Thursday and has now fallen by nearly three feet. It remains over its banks in the River Landing area.

Apalachicola River at Blountstown, Florida

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level at Blountstown is 20.52 feet and nearing its crest.
Flood stage is 17 feet.
A flood warning is in effect at Blounstown, where the Apalachicola River is above flood stage and is expected to crest tonight at 20.6 feet.

Choctawhatchee River at Pittman, Florida (Highway 2)

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level at Pittman is 24.1 feet and falling.
Flood stage is 23 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River at Pittman (State Road 2) crested at 26 feet and is now falling. It remains above flood stage, however, and all safety measures should be followed.

Choctawhatchee River at Caryville, Florida (US 90)

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level at Caryville is 14.4 feet and is falling.
Flood stage is 12 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River at Caryville crested 24 hours ago and is falling. Flood conditions continue at this time, however, and all safety precautions should be followed.

Choctawhatchee River near Bruce/Ebro Florida (State Road 20)

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level is 17.64 feet and nearing its crest.
Flood stage is 13 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River between Ebro and Bruce is more than 4.5 feet above flood stage at midnight was still rising. A MAJOR flood is now underway. Those with homes, fishing camps and other interests along the  The river is nearing its crest and should begin to fall by tomorrow morning. Flood conditions will continue for a number of days from near the Choctawhachee’s confluence with Holmes Creek to the Gulf of Mexico. Please follow all instructions from Emergency Management Offices and other emergency workers. DO NOT DRIVE into flooded areas.

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road: A remarkable journey down Highway 2 in the Florida Panhandle

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road was the first road connecting the two historic capitals of Florida during the Colonial era. In this special feature, Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad searches for traces of the historic trail and finds much more than expected!

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Blue Springs State Park near Clio, Alabama

Alabama’s Blue Springs State Park is known for two large pools fed by a natural spring that pours out 3,600 gallons of water per minute. The spring is an important source of water for the Choctawhatchee River.

Blue Springs State Park is open 365 days per year. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Oct. 1-Feb. 28) and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (March 1 – Sept. 30). Admission is $4 per person (ages 12-61), $1 for seniors (62+), $1 for kids (4-11) and free for kids 3 and under.

To learn more, please visit http://alapark.com/blue-springs-state-park.

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