Summer of 1968: Captain Erika Ritter & "THE MONSTER"
300-ton+ Crusher-crawler machine that was used to destroy the Ocklawaha River's floodplain forest
for the construction of Rodman Pool (a.k.a. Lake Ocklawaha or Rodman Reservoir).
The Johnson-Humphrey Administration was moving for the closure of Rodman Dam before the November presidential election.
Florida's electoral votes would be very crucial to the outcome.
HISTORICALLY, every national ticket that ever included Richard M. Nixon on it was the eventual winner of the state of Florida's electoral votes!
This happened a total of 5 times: 1952, 1956, 1960, 1968, and 1972.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the ONLY other national candidate that ever did this!
Ocala, Florida, Monday, September 30, 1968
(Photo by Ray Price)
Last View Of The Old Channel
The above view shows the old channel of the Ocklawaha River at the Rodman Pool. The U.S. Corps of Engineers said that the river will be filled today closing the Ocklawaha to boat traffic for a period of time. Note the mound of dirt at the right of picture. It will be bulldozed into the channel.
SEE MORE ABOUT THIS HISTORIC PHOTO AT:
THE OCKLAWAHA RIVER INFORMATION PAGES
An OCKLAWAHA RIVER Report
A FREE online news & information magazine for any & all who are truly interested in
Dedicated to the preservation of the now-existing free-flowing sections of the 56-mile long Silver-Ocklawaha River system & the eventual restoration to free-flowing of those segments still suffering from the backwater effect of Rodman (Kirkpatrick) Dam.
"Let us leave no bit of useful information uncollected, unstudied, or unused in our shared work
for the restoration to free-flowing again of Florida's 56-mile Silver and Ocklawaha River system."
Compiled by Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca
Bass Angler, Canoeist, Environmentalist, Outdoorsman, & River Restoration Advocate
NOTE: Click-on individual photos to enlarge them!
Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca, who strives for accuracy & honesty, worships zealously a more natural Ocklawaha River Valley that includes the restoration of the 56 river miles from Silver Springs to the St. Johns as a free-flowing stream. He is a member of NO environmental organization but volunteers his Ocklawaha experience, observations, research, & sources to groups that share his zeal for this old "crooked river." Ocklawahaman has fished, hunted, & explored the Florida outdoors since 1962. More of his outdoor time has been spent in the Ocklawaha River Basin than anywhere else.
"The 30 September 1968 completion of Rodman Dam caused the loss of 21 river miles of free-flowing riverine ecosystem. Florida's peninsula was blessed by the Creator with thousands of lakes but very few swift-flowing streams of any considerable length. The 'pre-Rodman Dam' 56-mile long 'Silver-Ocklawaha River' was unique in this state by virtue of having one of the world's greatest-flow 1st magnitude artesian spring groups (73 degree F Silver Springs) as its supreme headwaters with unimpeded access for fish & other aquatic life--located more than 50 miles above tidewater influence." - Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca.
Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca is an accomplished stream angler who has caught nine different varieties of bass plus three different species of cold-water trout along with many other fishes from the flowing freshwaters of several Southern states. Although he has fished many of the still-water canals, lakes, & ponds plus salty tidewaters that almost all other Florida fishermen are accustomed-to & greatly prefer; river bass angling in current is undeniably Paul's preferred pursuit. Paddling a canoe (or bank-walking & wading when advantageous), Ocklawahaman skillfully uses buzz-bait & spinner-bait lures almost exclusively while bass fishing moving freshwater. Motorized watercraft for "run & gun" fishing or other aquatic tomfoolery & plastic worms or live shiners for bait are not part of his personal angling ethic. Ocklawahaman practices a style of bass fishing on natural segments of streams that is ideally an aesthetically pleasing & "un-crowded" solemn quest for some of Nature's most game fishes; the great majority of bass caught to be released unharmed for future benefit. North-central Florida's swift-flowing Ocklawaha River is the home water of Ocklawahaman; it is where Paul Nosca first learned freshwater stream angling techniques & where he continues to employ them as often as possible--from his man-powered canoe.
"There are lake fishermen, and there are river fishermen, and seldom do the twain agree!" - Author unknown.
READ THIS HISTORIC ACCOUNT OF MIDDLE OCKLAWAHA RIVER / SILVER RIVER STRIPED BASS FISHING
BEFORE RODMAN DAM WAS BUILT!
Also Visit These Other Two Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca websites:
Available Ocklawahaman WEBPAGE Reports (click-on the links at the top left of this page):
(1) A Comparison of 44 Florida Stream Gradients from NE to NW
(2) ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST LARGEMOUTH BASS
EVER CAUGHT (OR REPORTEDLY CAUGHT) IN FLORIDA
(3) Alligator Snapping Turtle: Does It Exist Somewhere In the Ocklawaha River Basin or Not?
(4) An Ocklawaha River Information Mini-Page
(5) "Crooked River With Big Old Trees, Ocklawaha, Set Her Free" (THE SONG)
(6) Diversions of Ocklawaha River Water through Buckman Lock of Rodman Reservoir
(7) Evapotranspiration Water Losses of Rodman Reservoir
(8) Largemouth Bass of the Ocklawaha River, Florida
(9) Manatees of the Ocklawaha River, Florida
(10) Ocklawaha River Stage and Gradient Data: Yrs 2000 to 2012
(11) Other Migratory Fish and Crustacean Species of the Ocklawaha River, Florida
(12) RIVERBASSIN.COM Articles By Ocklawahaman
(13) RODMAN DAM: Who Owns The Land That It Occupies?
(14) Striped Bass of the Ocklawaha River, Florida
(15) The FWC and Ocklawaha River Restoration
(16) The Springs of the Ocklawaha River, Florida:
From Rodman Dam Upstream to Eureka Dam (River Miles 12 to 33)
(17) Those Sentinel Cypress Survivors of the Ocklawaha River, Florida
(18) Twenty Reasons Why Saving Rodman Reservoir is the Silver, Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers' Loss!
Captain Erika Ritter in a hidden "Blue Spring" of the Middle Ocklawaha River.
2010 Veterans Day
"Ocali Country Days"
Silver River Museum at Silver River State Park.
A couple of STRAC old soldiers!
Home page photos by Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca, Captain Erika Ritter, Gwen Parramore Ritter, K. Alwine, Ray Price, & my Dad.
This website home page was created on 20 November 2011 & was last updated on 26 October 2013.
This website will be updated from time to time for accuracy, better grammar, & as additional pertinent information is discovered!
REFERENCE AS: Nosca, P. 2013. "Ocklawahaman" website homepage. Paul Nosca, Eureka, FL. https://sites.google.com/site/ocklawahaman/home
THANK YOU to all of the good folks at Google.com for helping me to create this website!
Ocklawahaman salutes the Ocklawaha River restoration good works of the following organizations (in alphabetical order):
Audubon of Florida
Florida Defenders of the Environment
Florida Wildlife Federation
Putnam County Environmental Council
Sierra Club Florida
Ocklawahaman in 1966 with a Florida largemouth bass (back when I used "rubber" worms).
Ocklawahaman learned to reel-in those "rubber" worms REEL SLOW--like 'lasses in wintertime!
Ocklawahaman learned to skin a cat, "meal" it, then fry it in a pan!
Ocklawahaman in 1962 in them old cotton fields of Dixie.
Ocklawahaman on the job in Citrus County, Florida 1962.
Ocklawahaman on the "range" with his 1st rifle.
Ocklawahaman, like thousands of his fellow "baby-boomer" generation who are caregivers to an elderly parent, has had to answer this most difficult question: "What is more important to you, your family, or your address?" Duty continues to reduce the amount of time spent at his chosen address: the Ocklawaha River.
"Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less."
- Robert E. Lee, General, Confederate States Army.
"Some of US were soldiers." - Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca (Regular Army).
"Uncle Sam" poster image created by James Montgomery Flagg in 1917.
"We used to joke that being in the Army was not a matter of life and death. It's more important than that!" - Alan Caldwell, Lt. Col., United States Army.
My original hero, besides my own Dad, was Fess Parker as the legendary Davy Crockett.
Interestingly, both of them passed-away on the same day of the same month (but different years).
"I am that same David Crockett, fresh from the backwoods, half-horse, half-alligator, a little touched with the snapping-turtle. I can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey-locust. I can whip my weight in wildcats, and, if any gentleman pleases, for a ten-dollar bill he can throw in a panther. I can hug a bear too close for comfort, and eat any man opposed to General Jackson." - David "Davy" Crockett: American frontiersman, outdoorsman, patriot, soldier, statesman (introducing himself to Congress after being elected by the State of Tennessee in 1827).
End of home page.