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Suwannee River Trip July 27 - August 4, 2013

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  • Price: $50.00 /per person

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  • Purpose of trip: I am taking my annual birthday trip on the Suwannee.  9 days, with Sat. devoted to arriving for our meet and greet, getting our gear organized, spend the night, visit a local eatery prior to bedding down for the night. Early Sun . we will be shuttled to Fargo, GA to begin our trip. I figure 7-15 miles per day on the river with most camping on sandbars, and primitive. We will be at The the rapids or portage......followed by a river camp (woods ferry) for a luxury night on the river.......

    Trip Overview
    The Suwannee River is 207 miles in length in Florida; 280 miles long when including Big Alligator Creek in Georgia, which is a headwater tributary to the Suwannee. The river proper begins in the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast wetland wilderness in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida, and enters the Gulf of Mexico north of the fishing village of Cedar Key. The white sugar sand riverbanks, with their sun-bleached fossilized coral bluffs, is in sharp contrast to the dark tannic water. The miles of unbridled beauty make this river so enjoyable to paddle.
    We spend each day surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. River otter, deer, wild boar, turtles, raptors, and of course alligators, all make their home on the Suwannee.

    We will camp among the cypress and tupelo on white sand beaches. Nights will be spent hiking on the Florida Trail, exploring the swamps, and swapping stories around the campfire.

    DAY 1 (Sat) Meet at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park near Live Oak, Florida between 2 and 5:00 p.m., pack our gear in the shuttle vans, and make our way to the Okefenokee Swamp.

    DAY 2 Sun   Today we pack our gear in the shuttle vans, and make our way to the Okefenokee Swamp, the headwaters of the Suwannee River. As we make our way southwest, we come to blooming Tupelos, twisted cypress, peeling river birch, and stoic Live oaks draped with Spanish moss that shade our path as we twist and turn our way downstream.

    DAY 3 Mon   Enjoying our return to Florida, we will start to encounter limestone outcrops and higher defined riverbanks. White sand beaches are found at almost every large bend in the river. Early mornings are spent watching huge woodpeckers; swallow tailed kites, and soaring buzzards.

    DAY 4 Tues  Nice wilderness stretch of river in the morning. Frequent coyote sightings in this area. Just prior to lunch the group will get to experience some faster water at a small set of shoals. Higher banks begin to form, remnants of the ancient coral reef that once stood here. Fossilized sea fans, brain coral, and sea biscuits are evident near every cliff.

    DAY 5 Wed   Long paddle today and if history repeats itself, expect a strong head wind. The pay-off is Florida’s only stretch of whitewater, The Big Shoals. Nice big bouncy Class 3 rapids. We will of course portage around them. Since camp is at the shoals everyone will get a chance to swim and possibly shoot the rapids.

    DAY  6 Thurs  After the portage, we will get a few small shoals to shoot as we make our way into the Historic town of White Springs. Lunch will be Riverside at the Teleford Hotel. With stuffed guts everyone will drift a mile down to the Stephen Foster Cultural Center to get a chance to walk it off. This is one of Florida’s finest state parks. It also has the best gift shop filled with locally made folk art and food.

    DAY 7  Fri   Nice easy day with lots of drifting, swimming, day hikes, and a good rope swing or two. Lots of chances to stop and go exploring on the Florida Trail, birding in the high scrub, or look for swamp creatures in the sloughs. We will return to Spirit of the Suwannee and our cars before 5:00 p.m.

    Day 8 Sat  - for those who may want to continue on, 7 miles to a river camp....Holton Creek,

    Day 8 Sun  we can continue on to Suwannee River State Park, where we will be shuttled back to our cars.

    I have arranged a shuttle from the Canoe Outpost to the Okefenokee Swamp. Over the course of a week we will paddle back to the Outpost. If we are making good time and miles we can continue paddling past the outpost and arrange a shuttle to pick us up downstream.

    The swamp and upper Suwannee are remote wildernesses; chances are that we will be the only group on the water.

    Everyone is on their own for meals and gear.

    If the water level is too low, we have Plan B, also on the Suwannee. We will adjust the starting and ending points.

    Suggested items:

    1. Kayak and paddle - I do not provide rentals, although the canoe outpost does

    2. PFD and Whistle - they are required by law to be in your boat. Sometimes you will want to wear it.


    3. Sunscreen, wide brim hat, sunglasses, loose clothing to cover self from sun

    4. Water and a filter if you have. I have 2 kinds and will share. Bring 1 gal. per day per person if you are not pumping your own.

    5. Money for side trips. Lunch during White Springs exploration, visit to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, gift shop, food items we will crave after a few days of freeze dried rations.


    The cost is for the shuttle and camping at the Outpost. If I over collect, there will be a refund. If we continue past the put in and need another shuttle, then we will have to divy that up as well.


    4 mos. in advance so there may be minor alterations as the time progresses.

    If you have a +1, they will have to sign up to attend because of the payment policy in effect.

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  • John

    Sorry, but I ran into conflicts with other events I had already scheduled.

    June 11, 2013

  • Summer S.

    I have had something come up can't go.

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just did this trip last wk. What a beautiful river and class 3 rapids. 73 miles in 3.5 days and 28 miles the last day as the river is running swift now.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Summer S.

    I can't wait! It's my birthday as well! July 27! It's a trip full of birthdays and adventure!

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Charles W.

    I'm Charles. I camp, hike, paddle and cook. looking forward to this trip

    1 · March 13, 2013

    • Julie A.

      We are happy you have joined us - looking forward to meeting you on this trip.

      March 13, 2013

  • lois v.

    This I want to do!

    March 12, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    Yippie!!! It's my birthday, too, on August 4th.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    +1, paid for both

    1 · March 11, 2013


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