Goose Pasture Road, Perry, FL
Canoe or Kayak the Slave Canal beginning at Goose Pasture (Wacissa River) and ending at Nutall Rise (Aucilla River). You must provide and transport your own canoe or kayak (we will shuttle vehicles), plus food, drink and a sense of humor.
Several snags that require pull-overs are likely on the Slave Canal, depending on water levels. Severe storm events often result in many more trees blocking the channel. Be prepared to carry your boat over many fallen trees in the water.
The Wacissa Slave Canal was constructed in the 1850s using slave labor in an attempt to connect the Wacissa to the lower Aucilla River so cotton barges could be floated to the Gulf. It largely followed a small natural stream. The scheme didn’t work well as the canal was too shallow, and after the Civil War it was abandoned for more efficient railroads. The hard edges are gone, and somehow the decades of rain, wind and water did not fill in the canal. Except for some boulders along the banks you’d never suspect it was not a completely natural waterway. This is an adventure you will not soon forget!
We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Goose Pasture Landing to drop the boats and shuttle vehicles to Nutall Rise on the Aucilla River. For directions and a map to Goose Pasture, go to http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us/index.aspx?nid=183. The float will take 4-6 hours depending on often we swim, rest, and pull our boats over trees. We should be off the water between 3:00 and 4:00 PM.
Please let me know if you have any questions and how many boats and people will be with you. Please email to me your cell phone number in case I need to call you. Thanks.
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