composed of the main channel, the West and East Forks of the Choctawhatchee
and 24 major tributaries. The main channel is approximately 90 miles long.
Barnes Creek, Bear Creek, Beaverdam Creek,
Bell Creek, Blackwood Creek, Bowles Creek, Claybank Creek, Double Bridges
Creek, Hurricane Creek, Judy Creek, Lindsey Creek, Little Choctawhatchee
River, Little Double Bridges Creek, Little Judy Creek, Newton Creek, Panther
Creek, Pates Creek, Pea River, Piney Woods Creek, Poor Creek, Skies Creek,
Steep Head Creek, Tight Eye Creek, Wilkeson Creek.
is a proposed regional drinking water reservoir proposed for the Little
Choctawhatchee River that drains west Dothan and joins the mainstem on
its eastern bank.
Double Bridges Creek
runs just north of Geneva and meets the Choctawhatchee on its western bank
just upstream of its confluence with the Pea. In addition to some pollution
problems, this stream has contributed to flooding damages to the city of
Geneva. (Troy and NRCS)
the largest tributary of the Choctawhatchee, is formed in Bullock
southeast of Union Springs and flows generally southwest for about 128 miles
to join the Choctawhatchee near
Geneva in Geneva County
a short distance north of the
Florida line. The Pea
River subwatershed encompasses 1,542
square miles and sits just west of the Choctawhatchee mainstem. It flows 68
miles to Elba, then south for
about 30 miles to the west of Samson, then gradually turns east and dips
slightly into Florida before
joining the Choctawhatchee River
at mile 91.7 south of
Geneva. 93% of the subbasin is in Alabama and 7% in Florida.
Fisheries in the Pea were assessed by Scott Mettee in 1970. He found 47 of
the total 129 species found in the Choctawhatchee basin. The Pea is the only
habitat for the green sunfish in the basin. (Corps)
Beaver Dam, Big Creek, Big Sandy Creek, Bluff Creek, Bowden
Mill Creek, Buckhorn Creek, Bucks Mill Creek, Eightmile Creek, Flat Creek,
Hays Creek, Holly Mill Creek, Little Indian Creek, Mims Creek, Pages Creek,
Panther Creek, Pea Creek, Perote Creek, Richland Creek, Sandy Creek, Silers
Creek, Stinking Creek, Walnut Creek, Whitewater Creek.
contains perhaps the most diverse mussel
fauna of any section in the
accounting for 15 of the 21 species found. One species (Utterbackia
peggyae) is found nowhere else in the watershed.
and Whitwater Creek are
significant tributaries to the Pea that orginate just below Troy,
Choctawhatchee Bay is 25 miles
long running east to west with an average width of 3 miles. It rests 40
miles east of Pensacola and 30 miles west of Panama City. It has a surface
area of 86,000 acres with an average depth of 10 feet in the eastern 1/3 and
30 feet in the remainder. The bay has only one narrow channel to the Gulf of
Mexico called the East
tributaries for the lower Choctawhatchee
see EPA websiste or NRCS report.