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Slave Canal Float Trip

  • Goose Pasture

    Goose Pasture Road, Perry, FL (map)

    30.203238 -83.968575

  • To sign up, and learn where to meet, contact Kent Wimmer (850)[masked] [masked].








    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  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.

    Kent Wimmer - (850)[masked]; [masked].

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  • Brenda

    Hey Ken. I received your voicemail message. Thanks for letting me know. Can't control Mother Nature! Looking forward to whenever it will be rescheduled. Thanks again.

    August 16, 2013

  • Kent W.

    I am canceling tomorrow's float on the Slave Canal. With all the rain the coast has gotten today, I am sure the road to Goose Pasture is flooded and would take 4WD plus all day thunder storms are predicted. Sorry.

    August 16, 2013

  • Kent W.

    Hello Folks,

    I am canceling tomorrow's float on the Slave Canal. With all the rain the coast has gotten today, I am sure the road to Goose Pasture is flooded and would take 4WD. Additionally its not a good idea to be on the water in the lightning and who wants to paddle in rain. I don't have a date to make it up, but if I do, I will let you know. I'm sorry about this.

    August 16, 2013

  • James K.

    Weather does not look good!

    August 16, 2013

  • Kent W.

    I have a new email address so please contact me at [masked] or[masked]-5261. See you Saturday.

    August 11, 2013

    • John

      Thanks Kent. Got your new email address and look forward to the trip. Please let me know specifics on time and well as any changes if there are any.

      August 11, 2013

  • Adrienne

    Hi Kent, what is the distance of this paddle? I haven't put in at Goose Pasture before.

    June 28, 2013

    • Kent W.

      Hello Adrienne. The paddle is probably only about 4 miles. Carrying over trees is what slows us down.

      June 28, 2013


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