Mar 28, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES
Friday everyone is on their own. We can have a bonfire Friday and Saturday night. Also, on Saturday, we are thinking of kayaking from the boat ramp to Blue Gator restaurant have lunch then back. It is a pretty long paddle but I can't remember how far. For Saturday night, we can have a potluck.
On Sunday, on way home people might want to kayak the Chaz.
Joan and Tim have offered to allow the Slackers to camp in their backyard at their cottege located on Lake Rousseau.We can paddle Rainbow Springs, Lake Rosseau and the Ocklawaha River from this location.
I want to thank Joan and Tim for this offer.
This will be a laid back, enjoy the outdoors and your fellow Slackers Weekend.
Lake Rousseau lies in the West-central portion of the Florida peninsula,
approximately 35 miles West of Ocala and within 10 miles of the Gulf coast. One
of the few man-made impoundments in the state, it lies on the trace of the
famous Withlacoochee River and is also fed by the earlier merging of waters of
the Rainbow River and Lake Panasoffkee.
The Rainbow River is located in Dunnellon, Florida, which is in the southwest corner of Marion County Florida, about 20 miles southwest of Ocala, 100 miles northwest of Orlando and 100 miles north of the Tampa Bay area. The Rainbow River is formed by a first magnitude spring (Rainbow Springs) that is ranked fourth in the state for volume of discharge. In addition to the springs located at the headwaters, there are many smaller springs that discharge from numerous caves, rock crevices, and sand boils the entire length of the river. The Rainbow River is a gently winding river that is 5.7 miles long and merges with the Withlacoochee River at Dunnellon Florida. The headwaters, Rainbow Springs, is the anchor for the Rainbow Springs State Park. This first magnitude spring is not one large vent but is numerous vents that issue 400 - 600 million gallons of crystalline water every day. The Rainbow Springs State Park is a popular destination to swim, snorkel, canoe, picnic, or stroll on the walking paths to enjoy the many plants and animals that abound here.