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

  • May 8, 2015 · 5:00 PM
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SATURDAY PADDLE

We will need to be unloaded at Rays Landing and ready to shuttle by 9:30 am.

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. There are bathrooms with outdoor showers.

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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  • Dianne G.

    Great trip!!! Love the campground and most beautiful paddle! Great people too! Can't wait to do this one again.

    May 12

  • Joan

    Had a great time meeting some new people and catching up with old friends.

    May 12

  • SunAnnie

    Sorry we missed all the fun! We were stuck at home doing chores and couldn't un RSVP.

    May 11

  • tina

    Fantastic

    May 11

  • Clare

    Perfect

    May 10

  • Kathryn

    Had a wonderful time. Loved this river! Looking forward to doing this again. Such a great group of people. :)

    May 10

  • Kristina

    Awesome - favorite was the baby gators and of course great company

    May 10

  • Brian K.

    A very nice time

    May 10

  • Mike R.

    Good to see old friends and make new ones. Beautiful day to be on the water.

    May 10

  • Wayne

    I was hoping to paddle this morning but I'm not gonna make it. Have fun!!

    May 9

  • Julie A.

    The heavens and the planets did not align properly, and now I can't cancel....

    May 9

  • Julie N

    Hope you all have fun. I miss you all and hope to be able to kayak again soon.

    May 8

  • Joyce

    I'll be arriving tomorrow morning! Can't wait :)

    May 8

  • Clare

    I am on my way. I am bringing Seven Layer Salad and chips.

    May 8

  • Brian K.

    I am on my way for a three hour drive to set up Kauffman camping resort at gores landing

    May 8

  • Martin B.

    I have family activities on Saturday, but I'm thinking about joining you all on the Sunday morning paddle. When is the Sunday launch time? Hopefully, not too early (it's a 2 hour 15 min drive for me according to Google Maps).

    April 17

    • Martin B.

      Will there be a Sunday paddle? When/where is the launch?

      May 8

  • Brian K.

    I will have pulled Bourbon BBQ chicken sliders.

    May 8

  • Kristina

    Sam what are out paddle options for this weekend?

    May 7

  • Kristina

    Is there a pot luck theme? I will bring potato salad and salsa with chips unless otherwise directed

    May 7

  • Bonnie M.

    Is this a stand up paddleboarding friendly area....no gators.

    May 7

    • Victoria P

      This is a brown River, there are a few small gators..who may have grown since my last paddle here...;-)

      May 7

    • Sam G.

      No problem with gators.

      May 7

  • Brian K.

    I am bringing my trailer to help in the carpool and transfer

    May 7

  • Alex P.

    I'm sorry that I need to cancel. I just bought a used sailboat last Friday, and need to spend this week end trying to fix it up and get organized. I hope to go on another SLACKERS trip soon....

    May 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you either provide coordinates for Rays, Gores, and Eureka West ...or...post or send a track. Not sure I'll make it but would at least like to get a feel for the route. Just paddled from the Ocala Yacht & Boat Club park to Silver Springs and back a few weeks ago...very nice...so I'm guessing the same spring water feeds that part of the Ocklawaha.

    May 3

    • Sam G.

      Gores - 13750 Northeast 98th Street[masked], Fort McCoy, FL

      May 6

    • Sam G.

      Ray - Hwy 40 and Ocklawaha River intersection

      May 6

  • Ron B

    Recovering from shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair). I'll be sidelined for about a month.

    May 4

  • Julie N

    If anyone is interested in a long paddle I'll come up for the day. Amy and I paddled from the head springs to Gores. I think it is about 16 miles.

    1 · March 13

    • Lynn H.

      Brian, we usually have a few people who do different paddles when we camp at Gore's because there are so many options.

      April 29

    • Sheila B.

      Does anyone still want to do the long paddle being that Julie won't be there?

      2 · May 3

  • Sam G.

    I will being rental kayaks for Kathryn, Joan and David W. If anyone else needs to rent a kayak please let me know.

    2 · May 2

  • Paula

    Unable to join for this paddle as I'll be off to visit my daughter. Happy ️Mother's Day to all who are :) Have an awesome trip!!

    May 2

  • Joan

    Sam, my brother will be in town and would like to rent a kayak from you. Also, what time will we be kayaking on Saturday? For the potluck, I can bring some hamburgers and hot dogs.

    May 1

    • Mary

      I am probably only coming up for Saturday. Where should I meet you? The campground or at Ray's? What is the shuttling plan?

      May 2

    • Sam G.

      Either Gores at 8:30 or Rays at 9:15

      May 2

  • Kathryn

    Interested in renting a kayak for the weekend. Who do I need to contact? Thanks.

    May 1

    • Kathryn

      Yeah! Thanks..I would like to rent it for both days. Do I meet you at Ray's on Saturday?

      May 1

    • Kathryn

      Or should I meet at Gore's. I could help shuttle people back to Ray's when we are done on Saturday.

      May 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shoot. Had to schedule oral surgery !!

    April 23

    • Sam G.

      We will miss you.

      April 27

  • Dianne G.

    I plan on camping Friday and Sat. nights. I will bring a pasta salad for Pot-luck

    1 · April 27

  • lois v.

    I would like to camp Fri. night and Sat. but only kayak Sat., is this possible?

    1 · March 29

    • Lynn H.

      Lois, that's what I usually do, so shouldn't be a problem.

      March 30

    • Tracy E.

      That's what I'm doing. Gotta hey home.

      April 17

  • Craig G.

    Sorry to miss this favorite trip but I'll be on vacation up in the mountains this week.

    1 · March 25

  • lois v.

    I would like to camp Fri. night and Kayak with you on Sat., and camp Sat. night only if that's possible.

    March 24

  • Ronda G

    I always love this trip for some reason! Can't wait!

    1 · March 18

  • Kathryn

    Hi- I RSVPd for 2, but we will not be camping. Hoping to kayak both days. Always wanted to explore this part of the river.

    March 14

  • Kathryn

    I may be interested in meeting for one of the days. Which may be better, Rays to Gores, or Gores to Eureka. Any suggestions? Thanks

    March 14

  • Carla

    Just for the day Sam - thanks

    March 11

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