Kayak Wacissa; Camp Ochlocknee River S.P.; beach St George Barrier Island.

Camping , kayaking, scenic drives, visiting State Parks in the panhandle. Kayaking Wacissa. Visiting barrier island (St George Island) and Bald Point. 

Day trippers (with advance notice) are welcome!

Planned activities:

Saturday July 12th Meet at campground at 8:30 for whatever we decide.  

Probably will not kayak Saturday  since I  dislocated my thumb.

 Sunday July 13th  Meet at 9:30 am at put in.

We will Leave campground at 8:30.  Need to move camper to day use area earlier,  if checking out on Sunday.

Paddle put in "END of Wacissa Springs Road"  Monticello, FL 

We will be meet at Head Spring, Drop off kayaks and self shuttle to Goose pasture.

Goose Pasture GPS N[masked] W[masked] 

Kayak:  "Anything that floats is ok." If you do downriver only, it is an easy paddle with the current.


One  easy option is out and back paddle is 2 miles downstream to Blue sink and 2 miles back.  Blue sink, blue hole is a local hangout.

Start time for the paddle is 9:30 am. Saturday and Sunday. Wacissa River
290 Wacissa Springs Road
Monticello FL

Put in (a couple hundred yards past) 290 Wacissa Springs Rd Monticello FL.  We are meeting at the County park.  290 Wacissa is an outfitter.  The road dead ends in the river.

PDF on Wacissa with more info: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/designated_paddle/Wacissa_guide.pdf

Paddling Trail info.

Kayak rentals: (you must carry kayak to and from putin).
http://www.wacissarivercanoerentals.com/index.htm

THERE will be other kayakers and groups going. DO not just ask for meetup!!!  I am in a blue pick up truck 2000 GMC Sonoma (like a Chevy s-10). My kayak is white with a red stripe.  I usually wear tan long pants and long sleeved shirt.  

*Note: I may skip kayaking Saturday, since I dislocated my thumb.

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State Park Camping: Friday July 11th, I have reservations at Ochlocknee River State Park.  This is 54 minutes from the put in. There are a few campsites left. But the park is small, only 29 total.  I'm at gravel pull through site 28 for two nights, Friday and Saturday.

Ochlockonee River State Park

429 State Park Road, Sopchoppy, FL 32358

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Call Park & GET gate code by 4:00 p.m. if arriving later.

The Ochlockonee River is beautiful.  The park sits at the confluence of the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers.  There is no light pollution, star gazing is great here.  Hints for Campsite selection: Site 18 is open (as of now). You can see the river if you stand up.  The sites on the outside of the loop have trails leading down to the River, like site 13 (which is also open as of now).

There is a cement Boat Launch ramp + parking provided for easy access to the Ochlocknee River, and kayak launch points at two different locations.

Then Sunday I am jumping to St George S. P. site 14 because my campsite at Ochlocknee was taken.  You could stay longer at Ochlocknee S. P.  or you can move your camper to the day use area (until sundown) if kayaking Sunday.

I took the very last spot at Gt. George. 

Saint George Island State Park:

Miles of undeveloped beaches on this barrier island provide the perfect setting for this park, which offers ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, camping and nature study. Two natural boat ramps provide access to the bay. Few parks offer better opportunities for shelling. Sea turtles and shore birds such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer and willet nest in the park during the summer. 

It is a nice scenic drive 1 hour 10 minutes to: St George Island State Park  I'm booked here (last site #14) for Sunday.

FYI: Some possible activities in the campground area:

There's Bald Point ( a new state park  to visit. Go by car, Bald Point does not have an RV turnaround ..ask how I know!).   Bald point also has kayak sand launch.  Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida's Gulf Coast are found within the Bald Point State Park.

Bald Point State Park

Wakulla State park is 31 minutes away for a nice boat tour. They have a lodge if you want to stay there.

Wakulla Springs

San Marcos Fort, is 36 minutes away.   St. Marks Refuge is nearby.  

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Ideal trip attendees are flexible folks who go with the flow. Let's do this!

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  • Linda S

    OMG, St George was awesome. we did not want to leave. Great trip. Thanks Karen (and Jerry Nuss) for your help.

    July 14

  • Linda S

    Karen and I are enjoying moonlight and sunset over still water. Neighbors saw deer. Maybe tomorrow we will see some white squirrels. Meanwhile we enjoyed the fireflies/lightening bugs. We walked the river trails too.

    July 11

  • Linda S

    Karen and I are enjoying moonlight and sunset over still water. Neighbors saw deer. Maybe tomorrow we will see some white squirrels. Meanwhile we enjoyed the fireflies/lightening bugs. We walked the river trails too.

    July 11

  • Linda S

    Kayakers from two other groups are going, but we will be doing this on our own, including our shuttle (if we shuttle). The camping portion and visiting State Parks will be our group only.

    June 28

  • Linda S

    Hey Karen,
    Let me know if you plan on camping.
    I'm off to Peanut Island Monday & I will be back late Thursday. It will be great to see you!

    July 3

    • Linda S

      Ok are you kayaking Sunday, too? A local is joining us. He wanted someone to watch the kayaks while we shuttled. I posted the trip, thinking of you. Hoping you could make it.

      July 3

    • Linda S

      Your cost for sharing site(s) is $17. A bargain.

      July 3

  • Linda S

    A local is joining us to paddle on Sunday. If conditions are favorable we will try the Slave Canal to the Aucilla Sunday and run a shuttle. The entrance to the Slave Canal can be hard to find, especially since the sign is missing.

    July 1

    • Linda S

      Sounds like Slave Canal is too low, so we will run HeadSpring to Goose Pasture on Sunday.

      July 1

    • Linda S

      On outfitter is scheduled to do the same itinerary on Sunday. They only have up to 10 kayaks with a guide. I like goign when I know folks are around.

      July 1

  • Julie N

    This looks like fun but can't make it at this time. Hope you do it again some time.

    1 · June 26

    • Linda S

      I rescheduled the Florida Caverns for December.

      June 28

  • Linda S

    Trip starts out Friday July 11th with camping. I will be primitive camping Peanut Island (West Palm Beach) immediately before this and will be offline. I jumped at this trip because Wacissa was one of the FEW places to kayak when Suwannee, etc, are flooded. I tried to do this one with two Slackers in May. Much better in a group. Especially with local folks.

    1 · June 27

  • Sheri A.

    wish I could make this one

    1 · June 27

  • Colleen L.

    Can't make it. Have fun.

    June 26

  • Peggy

    Beautiful area. Enjoy!

    June 26

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