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Middle Suwannee Paddle & River Camp, 53 miles, 29 Nov – 1 Dec

Paddle and river camp on one of Florida’s most scenic rivers. We will be paddling the middle section of the Suwannee, which is well-known for its numerous springs and small shoals. We’ll start our journey from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and take out at Hal W. Adams boat launch, which is 1.5 miles upstream from Peacock Springs River Camp. We will paddle three days and camp two nights.  You will need to bring a tent as we will be primitive camping the first night.  This trip requires each person to carry their own tent, sleeping bag, and enough food and water for the duration of the trip.  Potable water is NOT accessible at the river camp, and we will be primitive camping on the outskirts of Suwannee State Park (not in the park).

Day One – 21 miles
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to Suwannee River State Park

Day Two – 15 miles
Suwannee River State Park to Dowling Park River Camp

Day Three – 17 miles
Dowling Park River Camp to Hal W. Adams boat launch

We will meet at the put-in at 8:30am on 29 November, and drop our kayaks and gear off.  We will be doing our own shuttle.

Put-in:
Canoe Outpost in Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
[masked]th Drive, Live Oak, Florida 32060
GPS Coordinates: 30° 23' 40", -82° 56' 38"

Take-out:
Hal W. Adams bridge boat ramp in Live Oak....the GPS coordinates is 30° 05.93', -83° 10.26'.....From Mayo, travel north on SR 51 to the river and the ramp is on the right.  Hal W. Adams bridge is a blue suspension bridge.

Additional information on Suwannee river camps: http://www.floridastateparks.org/wilderness/rivercamps.cfm

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  • Elizabeth P

    Your photography skills are great, Christina. Sorry I couldn't make this...looks like a beautiful section of the river.

    December 2, 2013

    • Cynthea S.

      Sign me up please!

      December 2, 2013

    • Jim N

      we have a much better trip in the planning for the spring-stay tuned

      1 · December 5, 2013

  • Christina M.

    With high limestone bluffs lining one side of the river and countless sandbars on the other, this section of the Suwannee is truly the MOST SCENIC part of the entire river! We paddled 16 miles on the first day and camped on a long sandbar right on a sharp bend of the river, built a campfire and counted the shooting stars. Woke up with animal tracks of deer, coon and fox along the river bank and had breakfast over a small fire before heading down the river. On the second day, we paddled 24 miles...the group unanimously decided to forego camping at Dowling Park river camp and paddled past it a few miles to camp at a beautiful clearing in the woods overlooking the river. We got woken up in the middle of the night by the jumping and splashing of big sturgeon, and greeted by a field mouse during breakfast time the next morning. Paddled the remaining 13 miles on the last day, stopping at Charles Springs and Blue Springs along the way.

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • Jim N

      I second that. Have to say that this was the best trip I have been on with the most scenic views, perfect weather and the camping spots were great! With an average speed of around 3-4mph not really paddling, didnt take long to get down river. The only way to make this trip better would be with a candle and bottle of wine!

      2 · December 2, 2013

    • Elizabeth P

      Well, Jim, you will just have to remember to pack them next time!

      December 2, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    Oh my these pictures are wonderful!! Thank you for sharing!! Could you please plan another one of these? I would so love to do this!!

    December 2, 2013

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