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Santa Fe River / 3 day paddle

Santa Fe River Canoe Trail

My Contact info: Sam Gellerstedt[masked]

Over three dozen springs flow into the Sante Fe. For more info on the springs access this website www.santaferiversprings.com


The Santa Fe River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This beautiful trail begins in O’Leno State Park, where the Santa Fe reappears after flowing underground for more than three miles. This tributary of the Suwannee River curves past hardwood hammocks and through river swamps. Many clear springs feed the Santa Fe. There are some small shoals during low water, but they are almost always passable. Wildlife is abundant along the trail. Look for turtles, alligators, and wading birds. The trail ends three miles upstream of the confluence of the Santa Fe and the Suwannee River.

I have never paddle and camped this section of the river so this will be an exploratory paddle adventure.

We will begin our three day adventure at the intersection on US 27 and the Santa Fe River near High Springs Florida. We will paddle by, swim and play in numouous springs the first day. Poe Springs, Lilly Springs, Rum Island and Ginnie Springs, to name a few. We plan on paddling around 12-14 miles the first day and camping along the river some where past Hwy 47 bridge and Wilson Springs.

The second day will find us paddling past where the Ichetucknee Springs run flow into the Santa Fe. We will again swim and play in this cool refreshing water. The second day we will plan on paddlings around around 12-14 miles to where the Santa Fe and Suwannee River meet. We be stopping to also camp along the river.

The third day will find us paddle around ten miles down to State Road 340 where the outfitter will pick us up to transport us back to our cars. There is a charge for the outfitter.

Please bring enough food and water to last three days. About one gallon of water per day should be OK in this summer weather.

 

River Map

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  • Larry C

    Thorough pleasure hanging out with all you fine folks, and seeing the Sante Fe and Itchne-yadayada for the first time! Thanks very much, Sam!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great weekend!! Thanks for the adventure and the great memories!! And thank you sam for pushing me out of my comfort zone... the flooding just added to the whole experience! Hope to see everyone soon!!

    July 28, 2013

  • Anna

    A fabulous weekend with a great group of people!
    Thank you Sam :-)

    July 28, 2013

  • John

    Very unusual trip of exploration and discovery. First one I have been on with this group. It takes a lot of guts to run a meetup like this and Sam showed he had them. I really enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. Sorry, I had to shorten my participation with the group but I had too much of a problem with my tent. Couldn't sleep in it one more night. I did have a good paddle from the campground to 340 take out. Couldn't believe how fast the current was and how fast I got to the ramp. The whole trip was a piece of cake. Not much to see because of the flooded stage of the rivers but I got my exercise for the day. Thanks to Sam and all that helped with the trip and I hope to see you on a meetup in the future.

    July 28, 2013

  • Christina M.

    The trip was absolutely fabulous! Easily rated as the BEST river camping trip I have been on! The company was great; the weather was perfect; swimming in the springs was fun and refreshing, talking to naked Ed was a pleasure, and searching for camping spots was an adventure.

    This was my first trip as a Slacker and I am happy to call myself a Slacker! :D

    July 28, 2013

  • Jim N

    The weather was great-no rain. One of the funnest river/camp trips I have been on. The campgrounds just added to the bonus how they shuttled our yaks about 1/4mile from the landing to the camp site and back. The music from the live band echoed in the night air and seeing the sun come up ,drinking our coffee, sitting at the picnic table over looking the river was great. Thank you all for such a great trip including sam for hosting.

    July 28, 2013

  • sarah b

    thanks for three perfect days Sam :-) (including arranging for the weather to be just great) It was lovely to spend time on the river with everyone. I hope you all had safe journeys home. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

    July 28, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Great iteneray! It's always an adventure when you don't know exactly where you're going to set up your tent..simply paddle until its time to stop. Loved paddling the sante Fe..finally got to see the infamous naked Ed! Thanks so much Sam for putting together this fun paddle!

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The only sante fe river was just put on the flood warning list...is this Dangerous?

    July 25, 2013

  • sarah b

    sam received the put in change info. leaving from orlando in the early morn. Just back from Massachussetts!

    July 25, 2013

  • John

    Hi everyone, I am leaving this morning to get up there and explore the area. I should be set up by 3:00 PM, so if anyone else is in the area, give me a call and we can get together. Maybe, we can join Sam for Dinner. Looking forward to our paddle, just hope there isn't too much rain. My number is[masked]

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I'm coming up Thursday night and staying at the High Springs Country Inn. I should arrive around 6:30 pm if anyone want to meet for dinner.

    July 23, 2013

    • Larry C

      Victoria and I will get in a good bit later, Sam. Probably leaving Clearwater around 7 or 7:30. Lookin forward to this paddle!

      July 24, 2013

  • Joni

    I apologize...I am unable to make this trip. Hope everyone has a good time.

    July 23, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I'm sorry you will miss the great adventure. I know we will miss you.

      July 23, 2013

  • Traci L.

    I just reserved site 53 in the dogwood loop of Oleno State Park for Thursday night. Room for 1 more tent and car if anyone wants to join. There was also one more tent site in that loop available.

    July 22, 2013

    • John

      Traci, I will probably be there much earlier and get set up so I will check in. I will pay for it if you haven't. My number is[masked], call me and we can get connected.

      July 22, 2013

    • Jenny

      Make sure to call campgrounds to checkin that day if you are arriving after I believe 5.

      July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, recorded email as well:)

    July 22, 2013

  • Suzanne

    :( I won't be able to make this trip. My hand is back in the splint. I am so bummed!!!

    July 22, 2013

  • Joni

    Sam, Received Put In Change email...

    July 22, 2013

  • Julie N

    Does anyone want to car pool from winter haven lakeland area. My daughter lives in gainesville and we can stay with her thursday night. Its half an hour to the put in. I have room for 1 and 2 if you can stand the small back seat. I will be pulling the trailer.

    July 19, 2013

    • Julie N

      Mauri...I will e-mail you through the site so check your e-mail.

      July 20, 2013

    • Julie N

      Mauri......please e-mail me your phone number so we can discuss travel if you are still interested in car pooling.

      July 22, 2013

  • Anna

    Ladies, I will be staying Thursday niight in my cottage at Wachie. Is half way up. I have 2 full beds upstairs and futon available. If anyone would like to cut down on driving time, please lete know. Welcome to be my gest.

    July 18, 2013

    • Lisa H.

      Hi Anna, it's Lisa from Naples. Is your invitation for Thurs nite still open? I have my air mattress if there is space on the floor! I'm coming up from Naples and would be leaving about 5:30. You can email me at [masked]

      July 21, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Anyone drivin up Thursday nite? Ideas for places to stay?

    July 16, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Made a reservation for High Springs Country Inn..little dive motel, for Thursday night

      July 19, 2013

    • Traci L.

      Hi Jenny, I saw Suzanne last night and she has her wrist in a brace and has to cancel (she'd post herself, but she's having computer problems) - I'm emailing Sam as well.

      July 21, 2013

  • Julie N

    I am taking a coleman stove that fits on a propane bottle and will share with whoever needs it.

    July 20, 2013

  • Julie N

    Ocala weather Fri 40%, Sat 40%, Sun 20% rain. Looking good.

    July 20, 2013

  • Julie N

    Please put me on the wait list. H

    July 19, 2013

  • Jim N

    Done a few other river camp trips and am looking forward to this

    July 15, 2013

    • Jim N

      Did some of santa fe last wkend and the springs(lilly,Ginny) were great-1 mile of tents and party animals along the river-naked eds compound is just upstream-just wish the weather was sunny instead of cloudy and raining

      July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could that Friday off this is a really nice paddle I ran into a large herd on Manatees while paddling towards the Suwannee and they just circled the boat and played with me. Right now due to all the rain the river is high so should not encounter any low sections with a hopefully decent current a no wake zone order has been issued for motor boats due to high water so that will cut down on those which is great. Have a great paddle.

    July 14, 2013

  • Kristina

    Have student graduation this Saturday - This sounds like a great adventure - hope there will be another.

    July 4, 2013

  • Kristina

    Rats I am going to miss another adventure. Have student graduation this weekend/Saturday. Hope to see another chance. I have only paddled this river a few times and never over night.

    July 1, 2013

  • Suzanne

    I can't wait!! Hopefully, I'll the "Clampet kayak" repaired by that time!

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Have wanted to paddle this! Looking forward to honing my primitive kayak camping skills...will try the hammocks(with small tent stashed on board just in case the trees aren't hammock friendly)

    June 15, 2013

    • John

      If Sam is expecting to stop at Camp W on the Santa Fe just past HWY 47, there are plenty of trees to hang a hammock. There are also plenty of trees at the Santa Fe Beach where the two rivers converge. There is a neat park just past Hwy 340 called Bob's River Place. It would be a great place to end up and have the Outfitters pick us up. Just a thought. I took the tour along the route on Google Earth and it really looks great. It there is enough water it should be a pretty easy paddle.

      June 18, 2013

  • John

    Sounds like fun. Count me in.

    June 14, 2013

  • Darlene

    Bummer, I have a scalloping trip with some friends that weekend, would have loved to join you on this one.

    June 12, 2013

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