Blackwater Creek, Lake Norris / Nesting Birds

This time of the year we should encounter mutiple types of birds nesting on in the Cypress Trees the line Lake Norris.

Blackwater Creek, is born on the waters of Lake Norris, it stretches for over 20 miles. We will paddle the beginning; the first one mile of this tight, tree canopied, dark, hauntingly beautiful creek that leads to the magnificent Lake Norris, a lake with ancient stunted cypress trees along it banks, a stunningly beautiful lake, home to many waterfowl breeding nests.

Blackwater Creek snakes through an ancient, prehistoric,cypress swamp. We will encounter deadfalls and some portages in this shallow dark murky water.  The creek twists and turns and will challenge your skills, we'll only paddle one mile upstream but will be rewarded with a view of one of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Lake Norris is the jewel of the trip. It's now part of the St Johns River Water Management. The 2,352 acre preserve protects an extensive hardwood swamp forest on the west bank. There are puportedly upward of 100 osprey nests on the lake. The cypress woodlands extend into the lake, creating a 150 foot wide buffer in many places. The adventuresome paddler can spend hours investigating the lake shore, weaving through the maze of cypress. And, except for one Boy Scout camp and a few rustic home sites, the surrounding area is a de facto wilderness sanctuary.

*****Not advised for anyone not comfortable with some portages; there will be some deadfalls and snags on the shallow Blackwater Creek that requires getting out of kayak. We will paddle the entire shore of Lake Norris, if winds permit.****

Bring your lunch and plenty to drink.

No shuttle required.

GPS CORDS: N28,54'50.9" W081,32'40.1"

WEARING YOUR PFD/WHISTLE IS ALWAYS ADVISED, ESPECIALLY ON LK NORRIS.

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  • Victoria P

    Donald, we missed you!

    March 10, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Beautiful paddle..incredible variety of birds, osprey nest so close to the water in the Pygmy cypress trees, rookery of white egrets.. The cypress trees alone are going to make me want tp paddle this again!

    March 10, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Great way to finish an amazing weekend !

    March 10, 2013

  • Linda S

    Great trip for bird watching. Osprey were awesome. Thanks Sam, Carl, Julia A, Doug, John and Victoria P.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice trip, I owe Sam $10 for pulling over the large log.................very nice paddlers.

    March 10, 2013

  • Julie N

    who is better tents Coleman or Eureka?

    March 8, 2013

    • Donald

      They are both good quality manufactures you can't go wrong with either manufacture. Both are good for car camping there even are some models suitable for kayaking camping. The good thing about good quality manufactures is that if any thing goes wrong with there product they stand behind them. I personaly have a Eureka Sunrise 8 I love it and I have 2 MSR a HubaHuba and a Zoid 2 both solid tents I have had Colemans also good tents.

      March 8, 2013

    • Marilyn G

      Between Coleman and Eureka, I would go with Eureka. Check reviews before you buy!

      March 10, 2013

  • Julie N

    Hope someone answers this before I leave home. I don't have wadders. are they necessary???

    Any other last minute requirements.

    March 10, 2013

    • Linda S

      I doubt if you need waders. I like them for this time of year for launching and getting in water to get unstuck. They are warmer. Other folks use knee boots, etc/...BUT I expect not needed. I used them at Fort De Soto when we were together because I burned my foot (second degree burns) to prevent infection. See you soon.

      March 10, 2013

    • Linda S

      It's 54 degrees in Eustis right now. Should be 63 by the time we launch and up to 72 by noon. 74 by 1. Winds 10MPH from east when launch and 13 ESE from 11 on. Dont forget daylight savings time. Clocks move one hour forward.

      March 10, 2013

  • Ed C.

    Personal business came up and I will not be there

    March 10, 2013

  • Linda S

    Plastic or kevlar???

    February 25, 2013

    • Julie A.

      Bringing composite - and waders!

      1 · March 5, 2013

    • Linda S

      Phew. Thanks Gorgeous JULIE. Great idea. I love the waders for this time of year.

      March 9, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Hey all, I have a reservation at Clearwater lake rec area campground, site #11, there is room for another tent and vehicle if any one is interested in camping Saturday night, let me know.

    March 6, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Julie, I emailed you my contact info..won't be getting up there til 8 or so..please keep the camp light on for me, ok?

      1 · March 7, 2013

    • Julie A.

      Consider it done.

      March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so sorry for the late cancellation..I have a family emergency

    March 8, 2013

  • Carl R.

    This will be the first day of Daylight Savings Time !!! So 9:00 AM is really?

    March 4, 2013

    • Donald

      "Does this mean some people will be an hour early, or an hour late ??" And this is different then usual how?

      March 5, 2013

    • Julie A.

      Donald - do not be late!

      March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, let me get this straight. There are 5 Julile's on this trip? That's just crazy and could be a bit confusing. Oh well, we will just have to make the best of it. :)

    March 4, 2013

    • Julie A.

      Julie, Julie, Julie do you love me,

      March 5, 2013

    • Julie A.

      Julie, Julie, Julie do you care?

      March 5, 2013

  • Charlie H.

    I have made a reservation at the Clearwater Lake Rec Area campground at: http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?topTabIndex=CampingSpot&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74038. I had to book both Friday and Saturday nights but I plan to use only Saturday night. This campground is only 15 miles from the put in on Blackwater Creek.

    If anyone else wants to share the site let me know. The site holds 5 people and 2 cars. I am in site 19 on the lake.

    March 3, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Donald, ok! You called my bluff! I don't even know if there's a site available after all..if there is, you are certainly welcome to share it..different tent:-)

      March 5, 2013

    • Donald

      Chicken Sh**

      2 · March 5, 2013

  • Nancy

    Is anyone paddling a shorter run than the entire shore of Lake Norris. I just wanted to go for 3-4 hrs.

    February 25, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Short or long yaks?

    February 18, 2013

    • Julie A.

      Carl, if you have morphed into a centipede, we will be watching how you place those feet.

      February 25, 2013

    • Carl R.

      Two at a time in sequence !!

      1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there rentals available there? I forgot to ask when I put my name on the list. Thanks!

    February 17, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes / we can make kayaks available for $25.00 / rental.

      February 18, 2013

  • carly j.

    Looks like a great place!

    January 27, 2013

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