New Chipola River mapping system

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Take a trip down the Chipola River and you may notice something out of the ordinary.

"Throughout the entire Chipola River what we've got is these locator signs that are associated with a number and a letter," Jackson County Parks and Recreation Director Rett Daniels said.

There's a different letter for each section of the river starting at Christoff Ferry all the way down to the Florida Caverns State Park.

"Yancey Bridge is the first entry past the caverns and then from then on we go all the way to Peacock Landing," Daniels said.

The signs are part of a new mapping system created by Jackson County Parks and Recreation and the Marianna Fire Department.

"We can give you a sign associated with that so you can plan your trip accordingly as to how much time you have," Daniels said.

"If you want to have 30 minutes of playtime somewhere swimming and the rest of it paddle time you can know you have a three-hour trip or two-hour trip, that way you don't get stuck on the river longer than you plan to be there," Marianna Fire Department Captain George Gay said.

The signs aren't just for recreational purposes. They're also designed to hopefully make EMS calls a lot easier.

"If they say, 'We're at F1,' we'll know the closest point on the river is here, we can send rescue equipment there," Gay said. "We can call the Sheriff's Office, they can have their boat come out and we'll know where to bring the patient to."

River-goers will be able to download the maps and take them out on the river.

Gay said the maps will be available for download on the Marianna Fire Department Facebook page in the coming weeks.