Camping at Alexander Springs - Paddle Juniper on Saturday

  • November 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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We will set up base camp at Alexander Park for both Friday and Saturday evenings.  We will paddle Juniper Saturday and another optional river Sunday. Again well will do a pot luck dinner on Saturday night only - you are on your own for Friday night.

BOOK CAMPSITES AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE - THIS PLACE COULD FILL UP -

BOOK CAMPSITES IN LOOP "D"

Juniper Springs may be one of the clearest streams in Florida. The springhead is enclosed in a rock-and-concrete wall that provides a large swimming pool. Juniper Creek starts very narrow below rich canopied woodland. It then enters the gorgeous Juniper Prairie Wilderness, through which it flows until just above FL19 bridge. Juniper Springs is a 7 mile pristine spring run, with lots of twists and turns. First timers will be amazed with this paddle, crystal clear shallow water at launch. It's 7 miles of fun filled downstream paddle with its own little shoals near the end for that very brief .25 class whitewater experience! We can pullover at Sweetwater Springs for a cool dip before ending our trip at Juniper Wayside takeout. No disposable containers, including soda cans/bottles allowed on this run. Bring your drink in a reusable container. We will unload kayaks at Juniper Spgs, then drive vehicles to Juniper Wayside Park on SR-19 a few miles down the road and then all pile in a few vehicles back to Springs and start our adventure

Starting at the canoe ramp, the upper spring run is crystal-clear and less than one foot deep. A white sand bottom gives the appearance of paddling down a sandy, twisty and narrow roadway. Palmetto, palms, oak and cypress form almost a complete canopy over the small creek, which is much appreciated on hot summer days. About two miles downstream, the run enters Juniper Prairie Wilderness, a sanctuary for wildlife and those seeking to get far away from the urban world. The Florida Trail passes through here, offering a great place to hike, as well as paddle.

Further downstream the creek becomes wider and deeper while a matting of leaves cover the bottom. A nice picnic spot with small wooden dock is at the half-way mark. Near the takeout the creek widens again into a flood plain / Savannah complete with marsh grasses, alligators and many wading birds. The takeout is just beyond the SR 19 bridge on the right side of the creek. Juniper Creek continues for another 2.5 miles before emptying into Lake George.

 

Getting There: JUNIPER SPRINGS REC AREA
26701 EAST HWY 40
SILVER SPRINGS FL 34488

< DO NOT USE GPS. IT WILL TAKE YOU 7 MILES WEST OF THE PARK >


From I-75 take Hwy 40 East thru Ocala and Silver Springs approximately 36 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. From I-95 take the Ocala/Silver Springs Exit (Hwy 40) west for approximately 37 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. From the Intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 19 the campground is located 4 1/2 miles west on Hwy 40. The entrance is on the north side of Hwy 40. Phone Park for More Information: Information:[masked]

 


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  • Joe

    Really Nice Slacker Shirts Sam!
    I have a black quick dry, very comfortable and nice looking.
    Thanks Again Sam

    1 · November 26, 2013

    • Cynthea S.

      Absolutely!! Thank you, Sam!!

      November 26, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    Sam,
    You always succeed quietly, letting everyone else believe that it was because of their efforts that all these ventures workout so well.
    At times, you may feel unrewarded for your efforts, but you’ll always know in your heart that we value your contribution, and all your hard work. So that we can enjoy the great outdoors.
    awesome job to all the helping hands! What a fantastic weekend.

    Thank you, Sam!

    2 · November 25, 2013

    • Cynthea S.

      Once again, Jeff, well said! I know I don't know the half of what Sam does, but I am very grateful!

      November 25, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    I had a great time, with the slacker group. What a fun load of people. Love the Juniper River run.

    It’s about a seven miles of nothing, but majestic beauty. I watched the river as I paddle with it…the way it flows and effortlessly passes over the little impediments that get in its way. At that moment, I realized that’s the way to walk through life, unencumbered by the small challenges that happens in every day life!!

    To my friend Lois, who ran the river, flipped her kayak. Jumped back into it, and continued the run.
    You are an inspiration to those, that know you and love you. Too all the slackers,
    Happy Thanksgiving, may love and peace be with you all :-)

    2 · November 25, 2013

    • Cynthea S.

      This is lovely, Jeff! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

      November 25, 2013

    • Cynthea S.

      Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

      November 25, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    Thank you to all who took and shared the wonderful pictures!!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    My wish, my prayer, my dream, may everyone in our group remember how to be forever young. Sweet dreams forever young dreams.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    Amazing! Thank you everyone for making my weekend!!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • amy

    Superb weekend, perfect weather, fantastic group of people. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful "Gang".

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Some of the best stories were our Florida childhood stories of remembering attic fans when it was safe to keep your windows open, because the attic fan was always in the hall between all the bedrooms and it suck the air into the house through your bedroom, because our parents wouldn't let us turn on the A/c except in July or August, or our house still didn't have A/c before Global Warming.
    The don't mess with a man's livelihood by picking their oranges, grapefruits, or pulling their crab traps, because that was how a man fed his family but if you were neighbors, we all shared.
    How our grandparents, did everything including gigging for frog legs, catching gators for their hides to make shoes, purses, belts. And the only place in the 1970's you were still allowed to each conch, and turtle soup was if your parents could take a vacation to the Key's while avoiding Miami altogether due to crime.
    I have wrote too much, but I was totally fascinated.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Eric A.

    Awesome group. Great Paddle

    November 24, 2013

  • Bobby

    Had a wonderful time. Thanks for all you do Sam.

    November 24, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Best ever. I didn't want to leave, and I wanted everyone else to have more time to stay. Wanted to be able to stay up with u guys Sat. nite, but the paddle was so beautiful and relaxing I was in bed before 8. It was great to see people I knew and hear the life stories of new people I met. What a great group of diverse lifetimes, sharing a moment together.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Jim S.

    It's official...I'm TIRED!!!
    But what a great bunch of people to have wear you out :-))

    4 · November 24, 2013

    • Adam T.

      I just woke from a nap ... I never nap ...

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • Janet

    Thanks so much, I love the clear water the whole way down and the Pot luch was fantastic too!

    November 24, 2013

  • Ross C.

    I'm with Jim...exhausted!! Looking forward to the next meet!

    November 24, 2013

  • David B

    Another great weekend of SLACKERING. That's my new word!

    3 · November 24, 2013

  • Kristina

    What a great weekend of laughing, eating and of course awesome paddling. Thanks Sam and all you slackers for a great fun weekend.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Pam

    Great group of people. Good conversations around the camp fire. Hehe thanks Sam for putting this fun weekend together. Great food on Saturday night. Kudos to all the cooks.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Dianne G.

    Great weekend,great people, great food. This weekend might have been the best! Thank you sam!

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Dee

    Wonderful, challenging run on Saturday and great pot luck on Saturday night. The people are the best part of all. So friendly and kind! Thanks again Sam!!!

    4 · November 24, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    All of you are sweethearts and a god send!

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Fawn

    I had so much fun with you all!!

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Had a great time this weekend! Always fun with the SLACKERS!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    Can't camp this time, but wanna kayak Juniper Saturday

    1 · November 21, 2013

    • amy

      Awesome. Want another Coconut Drink or a Monster?

      November 21, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      Surprise me!!

      November 22, 2013

  • Sam G.

    We have a number of people who are looking for a camp site to share. If you already have a campsite but have room for another tent (remember 2 tents per site), please post on here so other Slacker may join us.

    November 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have site 62 Loop D available Friday & Saturday for anyone who needs it, send me a message and I'll send the confirmation info

      November 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I gave my site to Lois or her friend, if they need it. Have fun everyone, hope to see you all next trip!

      November 22, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    Hi Janet, Thanks again, for allowing me to set my tent in area 67.
    on your UFO camp site. This place is for me, I'm out of this world. I just love life!!

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at Alex Sp now. It got dark at 5:30 last night and gate closes at 6. Bring light to see lock. Get code from office...call them directly. I will check for late comers around 7, i am on site 48. Cell did not work at tent last night. i am at McDonalds for breakfast in Umatilla (10 miles from alex Sp) with free wifi.

    Scuba is OK with C card. and 6.50 fee and stay wirhin rope boundry. Large shallow area with a 20 ft hole and cavern where the spring boils out. Nice easy dive. I plan to dive this morning.

    See ya'll soon.

    November 22, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Got the flu and wont be able to make it. That means site #63 is available. Let me know if anyone wants to rent it. I did it for Saturday and Sunday.

    November 21, 2013

    • Ronda G

      I hope you feel better soon! I will miss you guys! :(((

      November 21, 2013

    • Kim M.

      Thanks Rhonda. Okay, I'm not too messed up! I meant I had the site for Friday night and Saturday night:)

      November 22, 2013

  • Ronda G

    I will bring dinner rolls and makings for a relish tray for the potluck.

    November 21, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Sheila won't be there either. Someone has to take care of this old fart.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not going to be able to make this trip :( I do have a campsite reserved and paid for -#62 Loop D- for Friday and Saturday night, anyone need it?

    November 21, 2013

  • Danno

    I am going to do some hiking on Sunday. Anyone interested in joining me is welcome. Should be great weather for it. :-)

    November 20, 2013

    • Jim S.

      What area do you have in mind for a hike? I'd like to join you guys if it isn't going to be an all day affair. I need to get back so I can get in something that at least resembles two days of work next week:)

      November 21, 2013

    • Danno

      We will find some place near Alexander as I can't make it an all day hike either.

      November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did my scuba certification open water dive at Alexander Springs decades ago and plan to arrive thrusday afternoon, visiting old friends along the way. If anyone certified and sane wants to arrive early and dive the spring Friday with me, i would enjoy the company.

    November 15, 2013

    • Craig G.

      I dove up there in August. Be careful about kicking up the pebbles at the bottom. its real easy to do, clouds up the spring. I'm still removing pebbles from my BC from that dive.

      November 21, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Also, remember, weather reports call for really cool weather Sunday. Highs only in the 60's. I'd dive it with you guys, but would rather take the opportunity to Hike with Danno.

      November 21, 2013

  • Denny

    pasta salad

    November 20, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Bringing a few Italian sausages to roast over a fire that night myself :)

      1 · November 21, 2013

    • Jeff Z

      I can bring the after dinner cocktails. mango-tango's, Captain Morgan, Fireball, Sangria, Stoli Chocolat Kokonut (chocolate coconut vodka) just to mention a few!!

      1 · November 21, 2013

  • Nona

    Looking to share a site....

    November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Still looking for a room mate?

      November 21, 2013

  • Fawn

    I am in C loop and can share Friday and Saturday.

    November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fawn i would like to comeup SA and share with you

      November 21, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Can everyone who is camping Saturday night post what you're bringing for the potluck? Would be terrible (or not) to end up with everyone bringing chocolate, right? Also, if you can bring your own plate/bowl/utensils that saves us having to bring paper products.

    November 19, 2013

    • Ross C.

      Scachatta and/or Guava and creme cheese turnovers.

      November 20, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Scachatta!!!!! :)

      November 21, 2013

  • Joe

    Ok Sam I have site #66 LOPD and have it booked for Friday and Saturday nights if anyone is in need of a place to setup there tent.

    November 20, 2013

    • Joe

      Okay, So I'm kinda new at this posting thing. I too will be up there close to dark Friday night. The total cost for Friday and Saturday was $52 so your half for Friday and Saturday nights will be $26. Look Forward to seeing you there. Drive Safe!

      November 20, 2013

    • Kristina

      Thanks Joe we can set up by the headlights :)

      November 20, 2013

  • Tracy E.

    Is there a pot luck theme? Hopefully someone with a Dutch oven will make a Dump Cake!!! Hint hint.

    November 9, 2013

    • Lynn H.

      Tracy, Kris is doing dump cake again...and I'm doing my Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake...in the dutch oven!

      1 · November 9, 2013

    • Kristina

      That Dump cake was awesome!

      November 20, 2013

  • Craig G.

    I'm thinking of hiking at Juniper on Saturday. Anyone want to join me?

    November 12, 2013

    • Fawn

      Hey Craig, I am thinking of bringing my dog -- who is not allowed anywhere on the river. If you are hiking, would you want to borrow the best dog in the world? Otherwise he is going to be stuck with a dogsitter. :(

      November 17, 2013

    • Kristina

      Craig see Danno's post he is hiking Sunday. I want to kayak and hike....:) This should be a perfect weekend to do both. Do you know of any hiking in the area?

      November 20, 2013

  • Ross C.

    Sam, I'm interested in the optional Sunday paddle.

    November 20, 2013

  • Ross C.

    Can anyone share a camp site for Saturday night only??

    November 19, 2013

    • Ross C.

      Thanks Ron, I'll be there Saturday.

      November 20, 2013

    • Ross C.

      Will not be there in time for the Saturday paddle.

      November 20, 2013

  • Kristina

    I will bring humus and fruit bowl. Kiwi, blueberries, rasberries, etc...

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry for canceling at the last minute. I was supposed to close on the house I'm buying, but the date has been changed to Friday. Next time :-)

    November 20, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    I have Friday night open for a share. Saturday, I could have someone in a tent but you would have to park in the main lot as there will be 2 cars on my site. #56.

    November 20, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Looks like I'll have half a site to share if anyone still needs a place to camp. I'm going up mid-afternoon Friday.

    November 16, 2013

    • Lynn H.

      Yes it is...I'm in 56 and will get there around 4pm.

      November 18, 2013

    • Nona

      I would like to share definitely for Sat. Night.

      November 20, 2013

  • Ed C.

    I'm bringing home made Hummus and chips. With the number of people coming this weekend 2 sources will be helpful, plus I like choices.

    November 19, 2013

  • Eric A.

    Pork smokies in a BBQ sauce

    November 19, 2013

  • Terri

    Rice and beans

    November 19, 2013

  • Pam

    Broccoli salad

    November 19, 2013

  • Eric A.

    Dee,
    That's fine by me

    November 18, 2013

    • Dee

      Thanks Eric! I'll be there Friday.

      1 · November 19, 2013

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