Enjoy a relaxing stay on the Chipola River! Whether you want to enjoy the water, or just relax on the screened front porch's swinging bed. Starting March 1, 2017, update for lodging on the Chipola River in Altha, Fl.
Main house sleeps six. Added sleeping arrangements are available. Rates are $150/night, two night minimum for first six guest. Additional guest $10/night. $125/night for six nights or more, for first six guest. Additional guest $10/night. $50 cleaning fee.
Operating as usual
[05/28/20] Thank you to all who have checked with us about renting. At present time, we still are working on getting river access. We made a little progress last weekend, but for safety reasons we can't allow anyone on the docks.
Also, for some reason we can't respond through messenger any longer. From what I've read, alot of other people are having the same problem. So if you have tried to contact us and we haven't responded, this is the reason.
We hope everyone is staying safe and things will get back to normal again.
Calvin and Joyce
[05/17/19] To all our past guest and guest in the future, as you are probably aware, we had damage to our lodge and property from Hurricane Michael. We have been working hard with the insurance company and mortgage company to get the Crippled Coon Lodge in shape to rent. It has been a process for sure, to say the least. Just stay in touch and please check back with your rental requests.
[01/22/19] To everyone who has contacted us to book their next vacation, thank you. We are sorry that we haven't been able to get up and running as quickly as we had hoped after Hurricane Michael, but we will post a message on our page as soon as we are able to rent again.
[10/17/18] Hurricane Michael left us with a mess of damage, therefore The Crippled Coon Lodge will be closed until further notice. Will keep you posted. We appreciate all the calls and texts checking on us. All of you mean a lot to us.
We also hope that all of you that were affective by Hurricane Michael are doing well and staying strong throughout this time. May God bless you and keep you. Calvin and Joyce
Caught last night at Crippled Coon Lodge. Had a blast pulling him in.
2018-19 Chipola Artist Series announced
The 2018-19 Chipola Artist Series promises an exciting line-up of great entertainment for all ages.
The series opens Aug. 30 with Atlanta-based Chi-Town Transit Authority bringing back the legendary sounds of the band Chicago. A phenomenal group of seven players have made a life study of the music of Chicago Transit Authority. Chi-Town brings the soul and sound of the original group to you as never heard or seen before. All the hits from “25 or 6 To 4," to "Beginnings," to "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?” will be covered in this concert that will be sure to command standing ovations with every audience. Visit www.ctaband.com. A Meet the Artist Reception will be hosted by Tyndall Federal Credit Union.
On Oct. 30, A Band Called Honalee, a modern-day folk trio inspired by the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary, and featuring the music of Bob Dylan, The Mamas & The Papas, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, and others from the 1960’s folk rock era, comes to the Chipola stage. Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, their shows allow audiences to experience this timeless music live onstage once again. Their mission is to share this uniquely American music with new audiences, while rekindling the passion of life-long fans. Learn more at www.abandcalledhonalee.com. A Meet the Artist Reception will be hosted by Hancock Bank.
Sean Dietrich is a writer, humorist, novelist, and biscuit connoisseur, known for his commentary and stories on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, South Magazine, Yellowhammer News, Good Grit, the Bitter Southerner and the Tallahassee Democrat. The author of eight novels, his unique storytelling and music transports audiences to the old south when times were simple and honest. Dietrich will present a night of storytelling and singing, “Sean of the South,” Jan. 10. Learn more at www.seandietrich.com. A Meet the Artist Reception will be hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida.
The season rounds out Mar. 14 with Our Lives in Letters: A World War II Perspective. This is a collaborative effort among Chipola College, Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance and Florida State University’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. The Institute has preserved artifacts of service members and their families in a collection of primary resources totaling almost 7,000. This event will bring those photographs and letters to life with theatrical monologues written directly from the personal pages of history. Patrons will have the opportunity to see these artifacts in an Art Gallery exhibit coinciding with the production that evening. Since its founding, the Institute has continued to enable thousands of veterans to preserve their legacies of service. Learn more at www.ww2.fsu.edu. A Meet the Artist Reception will be hosted by First Commerce Credit Union.
Season tickets go on sale Aug. 14. Season tickets—$60—are a bargain price when compared to sister institutions where prices are double or triple this amount. Season ticket holders are also invited to attend the Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season. Patrons who are renewing their season tickets may contact the Box Office beginning Aug. 6.
Single event ticket prices this year are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees. Single event tickets for Chi-Town Transit Authority go on sale Aug. 20. Single event tickets for the remaining three performances go on sale Aug. 31.
For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.
ctaband.com Chicago Tribute Band performing and playing the music of the Rock Group Chicago.
North Florida Wildflower Festival
The countdown is on! Make plans to attend this year’s North Florida Wildflower Festival! We are still accepting vendors!
[03/25/18] Matthew 27 and 28 show us how much God loves all of us. He doesn't need us, but for some reason he wants us and fights for us. Calvin and I hope all of you have a Blessed and Righteous Easter.
[12/23/17] From our family to all of our Crippled Coon guests, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Everyone, remember our veterans in all ways. They fought for us and they have kept us safe. We owe them our lives and every ounce of respect they deserve. Thank you to all our veterans for all you have done, and have asked for nothing in return. We honor each and every one of you. May God bless each of you.
[11/07/17] Everyone, remember our veterans in all ways. They fought for us and they have kept us safe. We owe them our lives and every ounce of respect they deserve. Thank you to all our veterans for all you have done, and have asked for nothing in return. We honor each and every one of you. May God bless each of you.
[11/07/17] Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Burge. We wish you many years of blessings in your marriage.
[08/28/17] We have Labor Day weekend available.
[08/25/17] We have had a great summer and still going strong. Thanks to everyone who made our year a good one. We wish everyone a blessed Labor Day and a safe one.
[04/10/17] The Crippled Coon Lodge wishes all our guests past, present and future a very blessed Easter.
[01/05/17] Happy New Year from the Crippled Coon Lodge. We hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas and will have a prosperous New Year.
We would like to update our site to include a couple of changes. First, effective March 1, 2017, rental rates will change. Two night minimum stay is still required. The rate for two nights and three days will be $350. Rates for 6 nights and 7 days will be $800. If you have already made your vacation plans with us for 2017, or plan on doing so prior to March 1, 2017, the current rates will remain in effect.
We have removed the bunk beds in the second bedroom and replaced them with a double bed. There are now two double beds in the second bedroom. We think this may accommodate our guests more comfortably.
Thank you to all our guests, whom seem more like friends now, for staying with us at the Lodge. We look forward to seeing all of you again.
[11/14/16] The Crippled Coon Lodge would like to extend their sincere greetings for a Very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.
[09/14/15] A huge Thank You to Jeanne and her family for visiting us and hope they will come again.
With the river down, we were able to add another deck to the stairs leading to the river. This will make it easier to get in and out of boats, rafts, canoes, kayaks or just for snorkeling.
Our old gas grill had seen better days. We now have a new one. Now for some steaks and burgers..... or grilled fish?
Thanks to our son, the tree that was in the river which prevented us from using the rope swing, is GONE. Thank you, Brandon.
[06/22/15] New photos have been added. Thank you for the photos. If anyone has pictures of their stay with us and would like for us to post them on our web site, please send them to [email protected].
A day on the river at The Crippled Coon Lodge
[06/22/15] We have had a great year with new guests and wonderful returning guests at The Crippled Coon. We have some weekends available in August, if anyone needs some "get-away" time. We are not going to be renting the apartment and saloon any longer after July 4, 2015. If you need to see pictures of the main house, click on photos. We will be adding new photos as the year goes by. We would like to say a HUGE THANKS to all of you who have made The Crippled Coon Lodge so successful. See ya soon.
If you have stayed with us, you probably noticed the screen on the front porch was in need of repair/replace. Well, thanks to our son, Brandon, his wife Tiffany and her sister Jennifer, we now have new screen around the entire front porch overlooking the river. A huge THANK YOU to our underpaid staff. No, I don't think they are on Angie's List. Great job, guys.
The steps leading to the river are down and hopefully we can keep them intact. It was a lot of hard work and we appreciate our son, Brandon so very much for his time and dedication. With summer upon us, they will be extremely helpful getting in and out the river by boat or dock.
[03/18/15] Sonny Pritchett.... we are opened year round.
[03/06/15] With the rains and river rising, we have lost the bottom part of our new dock. Back to re-construction and plan to have it completed in April, if the weather will cooperate. We have built a covered picnic area, which is wonderful. We sit at the tables while watching our grandkids enjoy the river. Thanks to the neighbor, our road is kept up and even wider than before. With the various sitting areas and fountains, we relax and enjoy the ever changing scenery all year long. We want to thank everyone who has rented our vacation home and are glad you have chosen to return this year. We have been blessed to have had the opportunity to create friends through "The Crippled Coon" lodging. See you soon.
State record bass 4.2 pounds, 20 1/2" long and 13" girth caught in Chipola River while staying at The Crippled Coon Lodge. Congratulations Anthony Tucker, Albany, GA.
[08/15/14] The rails are up, the swing is up, the platform for the swing is up, and the river is down and clear. Wood is cut for our fire pit. New porch furniture has arrived. Our new decks now have stairs leading down to the river for easy access to the water and your water craft. Great time to be here.
[08/15/14] We would like to welcome Jarred, Jamie and guest to The Crippled Coon Lodge this weekend. We hope ya have a wonderful time.
[07/25/14] Check out the new pictures added. We are still improving and adding a safer access to the water. Good job guys....but wait.....there is more to come.
Hand railing coming along on the dock
[07/25/14] Welcome back Chicks in the Sticks. It is like having family come to visit. Have fun.