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!
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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!