Oct 25, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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This will be a "Glamping" paddle (ie bathrooms and cold showers). We will set up a base camp at Gores Landing and paddle the Ocklawaha River from Rays Landing to Gores (Saturday) and from Gores to Eureka West (Sunday). I plan to arrive late Friday to set up the base camp. Participants are welcome to camp both nights, one night only or not at all.
Saturday night will be a potluck dinner night. Everyone contributes and everyone shares. Please note in the comment section below what you will contribute.
The Ocklawaha is said to be a very old river geologically, and as a result has created a mile-wide valley. It has a sand bottom and its waters tend to be very clear with occasional areas where tannin from the swamps colors the water a darker hue.
Gores Landing has campsites on a first-come,first-served basis; we will share sites to fit everyone; small pup tents are advised or share large tent - whatever works and people are comfortable with. There are bathrooms with outdoor showers. There are a total of 12 campsites at Gores, hopefully there will be sites available to us. There is ALSO a large grassy area in the center of Gores Landing that can hold many tents. There will be plenty of places to pitch our tents. The cost to Camp at Gores is $5.00 per night and $5.00 for your car. Since our cars are moved during the shuttle, I leave $10.00 in the honor box for two nights and have not had a problem.
EVERYONE IS INVITED FOR SINGLE DAY TRIP and/or to hang out for food/drink at campsite on Friday or Saturday evening, or camp at other locations.
Everyone on the water is required by law to have a PFD and a whistle.
Rental kayaks are available. Let me know if you need to rent one.
For those meeting us at Rays Wayside Saturday morning, look for the group to arrive from Gores between 9:00 am and 9:30 am.
Sunday morning, we will shuttle cars to Eureka, then launch from Gores Landing.
THIS IS NOT A PET FRIENDLY EVENT. NO PETS PLEASE
WEATHER CHECK ZIP CODE: 32134
WHO'S BRINGING WHAT (gleaned from comments posted)