Alafia River Paddle (Florida White Water Class I)

  • January 26 · 9:00 AM
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Alderman’s Ford County Park was named after James Alderman, who, in 1848, sloped the banks in thisin 1902, Democratic Party candidates in Hillsborough County started their political campaigns here. Thistrend continued for more than 60 years. The site became a county park in 1950 and the park nowencompasses 1,141 acres.

The Alafia River provides the paddler with occasional shoals to get the heart pounding. Ibis,wood stork, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, pileated woodpecker, kingfisher, blue heron, songbirds,alligators and turtles can all be spotted. When the water is high and the current becomes swift. Most of the trail’s shorelines are undeveloped and in public ownership.

The canoe launch at Aldermans Ford is on a channel that leads to the main river. Travel approximately 100 yards from the canoe launch and turn left (downstream). You will quickly pass under a small, but high bridge. From this point, the river narrows and proceeds beneath cypress, hardwood hammock and oak trees that provide welcome shade. Along the Alafia, the banks are generally several feet high and heavily vegetated, making it difficult to land or launch.

The river is fairly swift (1 to 4 MPH depending on water levels), with several small sets of whitewater rapids created by limestone shoals in the river. At very low water levels these become difficult to pass without bottoming out and at high water you might not notice them. However, if the water is just right, you'll experience up to 10 sets of class 1 whitewater rapids. Of course, compared to any state north of 30 degrees latitude it's not much, but for Florida, the whitewater is great.

  • Alderman's Ford County Park – On Thompson Road, a half block west of CR 39, one mile north of Lithia.
  • CR 640 Bridge – Six miles southeast of Brandon. (9 miles) No Parking
  • Lithia Springs County Park – One mile east on Lithia Springs Road, off CR 640. (1 mile)

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    February 5

  • Connie

    As usual, a great trip. Thanks Sam.

    January 27

  • Sandra W

    Sam, great job organizing and leading. Thanks!

    January 27

  • Jim Smith

    Looks like you guys had fun! I was with you in spirit as I patched gel coat and buffed compound for hours after the last white water expedition :)

    January 26

    • Kim Mills

      I feel your pain. I'm leaving mine as is. I thing the gouges add character:)

      January 27

  • Muriel

    Thanks Sam for organizing a wonderful trip down the Alafia! Nice group of people-

    January 27

  • Douglas Bohannon

    I had a great time! Sam always runs fun events.

    January 26

  • lynn meier

    I had a great time, nice folks to paddle with, beautiful place.

    January 26

  • Ed

    Thank again Sam for a great paddle. One of the best kayking rivers in florida. Good group of people to spend an overcast and damp Sunday with.

    January 26

  • Eric A.

    Loved the Florida version of rapids witha great group

    January 26

  • Bob Whytal

    As before, this is a great group, all pulled together.

    January 26

  • Alex Gartel

    This was one of the prettiest rivers I've been, and it's right in my own backyard. As always, a great paddle with the awesome Slackers.

    January 26

  • Ronda G

    Spending time with the kiddos. Next time!

    January 25

  • Talia

    So sorry I have to cancel. Was really looking forward to my first meet with this group but it is way too chilly for me.

    January 24

    • Talia

      I hope the group takes this trip again later so I can try it out

      January 24

  • Mauri

    I have to cancel y'all, I keep trying to get out but weird things happen....this time I was in a car accident, no way to carry my yak nor paddle.....have a great time, I'll try and get back out in a couple of months!

    January 23

  • Sam Gellerstedt

    Kayak Rentals - So far only Sandra W and Kristina (2) have paid for kayaks. Reservation must be paid for by 6:00pm Thursday if you need to rent a kayak..

    January 22

  • Sam Gellerstedt

    Just a reminder - If you have not paid your 2014 dues you are not allowed to participate in any Slacker event.
    If you have not paid, please pay on PayPal or give your $12.00 to Sam at the event.

    January 20

  • Sam Gellerstedt

    If you want to rent a kayak you will need to pay in advance ($30.00) to PayPal. You need to pay by 6:00 pm Thursday night or I can not make arrangements for a kayak to be available.

    January 20

  • Sandra W

    I would like to rent, also. Do you have more kayaks available, Sam?

    January 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any kayaks available to rent? I maybe on my motorcycle

    December 27

    • Talia

      Life jacket! I asked someone :). Thanks.

      January 4

    • peter

      personal flotation device, aka life jacket

      January 9

  • Talia

    Is this a beginners trip? If so, I'd like to rent a kayak if there is one available.

    January 2

    • Craig Goldberg

      Talia, you should be able to do this trip, and we can have a Kayak for you to rent.

      1 · January 2

    • Talia


      January 4

  • Ralph Legarreta

    Sam, good morning. I have a Tarpon 100 and a Tarpon 140 what will be my best choice for this trip?

    December 27

  • Vincent Nuccio

    Sam, will the member fees for 2014 be the same as 2013, $10.00?
    When will SLACKERS start accepting that payment?

    November 8

  • SiSi

    Yea! I get to go kayaking again! :)

    December 26

  • Eric A.

    Thanks Craig

    November 27

  • Eric A.

    Any camping opportunities nearby the launch area? I will be driving 2+ hours and prefer camping

    November 2

    • Craig Goldberg

      Eric, check out Lithia Springs Park or Alafia River State park, both very close to Launch area.

      November 27

  • Kristina

    Sam I have invited to co workers and they will ! Need kayaks , can you accommodate.?

    November 26

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