Two Day Glamping Paddle and Camp - Ray's Wayside to Eureka

  • September 12, 2014 · 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 have 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.

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.

Pets are prohibited at all Marion County Parks.

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.

WEATHER CHECK ZIP CODE: 32134

 

 

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  • Linda S

    Update on Water Quality: Contacted several agencies. Marion County Health is working with Marion County Parks and Recreation to get the well permitted and they will be doing bacteriological and chemical testing. Sulfur is aesthetic. So they won't treat for that.

    September 17

  • Linda S

    Update on Caretaker at Gores: I spoke to two Advisory Board members and Gina Head of Marion County Parks. Called Human Resources about training of volunteers which is left to the parks. "Gina, without going into details said she talked to the park ranger and the situation has been taken care of". If anyone has any questions she said to call her at[masked]

    September 16

    • Karen D.

      Hmmm- price go up- more restrictions possibly w improvements.

      September 16

    • Linda S

      Florida Department of Environmental Protection has Gores. There are matching funds they can get if Marion County Parks and Rec applies for them timely. There are massive funds committed to by Rick Scott. Here's to lighting a fire under them...

      1 · September 17

  • tina

    Anyone find a orange Nikon camera?

    September 15

    • Linda S

      Another happy dance....glad you found it.

      3 · September 15

    • Kerr W.

      It is awful when your things grow their own feet and walk away!!! lol

      2 · September 15

  • SunAnnie

    Excellent weekend of paddling with old and new friends!

    3 · September 15

  • SunAnnie

    Excellent weekend of paddling with old and new friends!

    September 15

  • Linda S

    Awesome Slackers! You guys are the best!

    3 · September 14

    • Karen D.

      Right back at you gal!

      1 · September 15

  • Linda S

    FYI: Alternate primitive campsite we looked at. It looks like the West (left) side from Gores to Eureka is Gores WMA and no camping permitted. http://myfwc.com/hunting/wma-brochures/ne/gores-landing/

    September 15

  • tina

    Great to meet everybody a great trip. Thank you Sam, Linda and fellow Slackers

    2 · September 14

  • David S.

    Thanks Sam for hosting and hanging out on my first Kayaking. Have been missing hiking the Cal mountains but found something just as awesome, Paddling the rivers here!

    1 · September 14

  • Linda S

    Sunday Paddle Update: We will be doing your choice of paddle. One will be the original paddle from Gores Landing to Eureka West. Shuttle required. There is $5 fee for any vehicle parked at Gores strictly enforced. **** An alternate paddle will be launching from Silver Springs State Park, the Head Springs on US 40. No shuttle required. Fees include park admission and launch fee. Please be at Gores Landing at 8 am to do either paddle and travel as a group or you can meet at Silver River promptly at ~8:45 at the kayak launch.

    September 13

    • Sam G.

      We will be at Silver Springs Park at 10am

      September 13

    • Linda S

      Those going from Gores to Eureka West may get a later start too.

      September 13

  • Kerr W.

    Hi Tina-
    I have a pork roast in the crook pot too!! Plenty of pork for everyone!! lol

    September 12

  • Rob

    Bringing an appetizer - guacamole with chips. Also bringing 50 coffee cups, 600 plastic knives and 7 square tin things you can serve food in, and an outdoor electric extension cord.

    1 · September 12

  • Karen G

    Not camping.. Child commitment on Saturday. Will try to go Sunday.

    September 12

  • David S.

    Possible to meet for the Sunday paddle?

    1 · September 12

  • tina

    I am bringing pulled pork

    1 · September 12

  • Rob

    Hi Sam, can Susan and I rent 2 kayaks from you for Gores on Saturday. We will drive up Sat morning and meet you all. We will bring whatever is needed for Saturday night dinner. Just let me know. Thanks, Rob

    1 · September 11

    • Tracy E.

      Glad to see you both are coming this weekend

      1 · September 12

  • SunAnnie

    Bruce and I are bringing crackers and cheese, and watermelon for desert!

    1 · September 11

  • Jeff R.

    I'm bringing my nearly famous meatballs and jello-shots for my contribution to the potluck.

    2 · September 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to cancel my trip. Please cancel my kayak rental. I hope to go on a future trip! Have fun! Thanks-- Kathy

    September 11

  • Charlie H.

    Has anyone seen the monkeys recently on the Ocklawaha. On the trip we did about 6 months ago there was a large troop of monkeys between Gores Landing and Eureka.

    1 · September 7

    • Jeff R.

      That was really cool wasn't it? I still have the videos of them jumping across the river from the trees. Crossing fingers...hoping for a repeat show

      2 · September 9

  • Don P.

    Hi Sam I'll just be along for Saturday's trip Rays to Gores. Should I meet you at Rays? If there is someone coming back to Rays after the run I'll leave my car at Rays.

    September 7

    • Sam G.

      Yes / meet us at Ray around 9:00am Saturday

      September 9

  • Julie N

    Hike is back on. See you next trip.

    September 9

  • Julie N

    Hike was canceled. I hope to paddle on Sunday only. No camping. What time are you starting on Sunday?

    September 8

  • Matt

    Just found out I have to work next weekend. I know you guys will have a great paddle. Sorry I am going to miss it.

    September 7

  • Cedomir D.

    Hi Sam,
    If we want paddle only on Saturday what time we have to be there and where do we put-in?

    September 7

    • Sam G.

      You can either meet us a Ray's Landing around 9-9:30 am or at our Gores Landing camping site around 8-8:30 am

      September 7

  • Ed H.

    I will be up early saturday morning can not camp friday nigt, I will camp saturday night. I can help shuttle people around.

    1 · September 4

  • tina

    sam
    Do I need to rent a campsite or is it group

    September 4

    • Karen D.

      Yeow! How much?

      1 · September 4

    • Linda S

      Five dollars per night for camping.

      1 · September 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Sam! Just signing up for this trip- I'd like to rent a kayak for Saturday only. Thanks so much! --Kathy

    August 30

  • Julie N

    Have a nice paddle. Sorry can't make it.

    August 2

  • Julie N

    Probably just paddle on saturday. No camping.

    July 23

  • Suzanne

    I am looking forward to get back to camping and kayaking!!! I have been out of it for way too long!

    April 23, 2014

  • Dana C.

    More than likely Saturday camping only. But u never know ...

    April 2, 2014

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