Let's try a short launch from the head spring. Trial Run!.
I've never been at the new launch, so be flexible. The Ranger said to enter the park at the normal US 40 (aka Silver Springs Boulevard) entrance. The fees are $5 single occupant or $8 carload to enter park. There is an additional $4 per kayak launch fee. Supposedly it is a short distance to launch.
Tell them at the gate you plan to launch.
The park CLOSES at Dusk.
Which is 6 p.m. at this time.
So I think an out and back run is best.
We made it shorter so you can go set up camp at Gores Landing (if that is your plan).
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