Alafia River Paddle (Florida White Water Class I)

  • May 18, 2014 · 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I forgot to bring my camera on Sunday. Anybody have any photos to post? Thanks to Sam for putting together a great trip, on a beautiful day, with fun people. Love the "rapids".

    May 19

  • Eric A.

    Great day in the "Florida whitewater"

    May 18

  • Kristina

    one of my favorite rivers in FL

    May 18

  • Ron

    Sorry for the late cancellation but I thought I would be over this bug I caught, not so. Enjoy!

    May 17

  • LARRY R.

    sorry I have to back out at the last minute but things came up i can not make it.maybe someone can take that spot.thanks larry

    May 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sam, I don't need a kayak since I'll be bringing my own. Thanks, Val

    May 16

  • Sam G.

    Will anyone else besides Susan need a rental kayak?

    May 16

  • Susan R

    Sam, I only need 1 kayak for my guest. I have my own. I just paid the $30 through paypal. Thanks.

    May 16

  • amy

    Sam, I will need one sit-on top kayak for my plus one please!

    April 22

    • amy

      Change in plans, I do NOT need to rent a kayak. My plus one cannot make it.

      May 12

  • Diane M.

    I have been notified that there is a spot open. But I am not showing up on the people attending. Also, I am a plus one.

    May 1

  • Carol M.

    I am kayaking Sargeant Park to Trout Creek on Saturday instead of the Alafia.

    April 22

  • Bridgette

    I sadly can't make it tomorrow, but hope someone fills my spot - next time, I hope!

    April 18

    • Ron

      It's next month May 18th

      April 18

    • Bridgette

      Yes, I'm a dork for not catching that :) - but as it turns out I need to be out of town that week next month anyways. I'm bummed, this sounds like a fun trip. Thanks, Ron!

      April 21

  • Marilyn G

    Have a conflict that weekend.

    April 21

  • Moira O

    Hi Sam. I just got the note that there was a spot open and then I went to RSVP and it was closed. Let me know if anything opens up again. Thanks.

    April 21

  • lois v.

    Its been awhile since I flipped at the launch ramp(my first kayak experience) I look forward to trying to do it right.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Susan R

    Sam, I do need the kayak for my friend for $30, if you still have one available. Can you confirm? I'm happy to pay for it now, if you want.

    Thanks,
    Susan

    March 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will also need to rent a kayak please

    March 1, 2014

  • Susan R

    Will there be a kayak to rent? I have my own, but my friend needs to rent.

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think the park rents kayaks and canoes now and I know alafia canoe rentals rents them as well. I've done this run a few times. Great time!

      February 10, 2014

    • Sam G.

      We have kayaks available for $30.00

      February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are we pulling out at? Lithia springs park? Beer shed? Alafia canoe rental?

    February 10, 2014

    • Sam G.

      Lithia Springs

      February 10, 2014

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