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Juniper Springs Run - (Camping at Alexander Springs)

  • Nov 17, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Juniper Springs may be one of the clearest streams in Florida. The springhead is enclosed in a rock-and-concrete wall that provides a large swimming pool. Juniper Creek starts very narrow below rich canopied woodland. It then enters the gorgeous Juniper Prairie Wilderness, through which it flows until just above FL19 bridge. Juniper Springs is a 7 mile pristine spring run, with lots of twists and turns. First timers will be amazed with this paddle, crystal clear shallow water at launch. It's 7 miles of fun filled downstream paddle with its own little shoals near the end for that very brief .25 class whitewater experience! We can pullover at Sweetwater Springs for a cool dip before ending our trip at Juniper Wayside takeout. No disposable containers, including soda cans/bottles allowed on this run. Bring your drink in a reusable container. We will unload kayaks at Juniper Spgs, then drive vehicles to Juniper Wayside Park on SR-19 a few miles down the road and then all pile in a few vehicles back to Springs and start our adventure

Starting at the canoe ramp, the upper spring run is crystal-clear and less than one foot deep. A white sand bottom gives the appearance of paddling down a sandy, twisty and narrow roadway. Palmetto, palms, oak and cypress form almost a complete canopy over the small creek, which is much appreciated on hot summer days. About two miles downstream, the run enters Juniper Prairie Wilderness, a sanctuary for wildlife and those seeking to get far away from the urban world. The Florida Trail passes through here, offering a great place to hike, as well as paddle.

Further downstream the creek becomes wider and deeper while a matting of leaves cover the bottom. A nice picnic spot with small wooden dock is at the half-way mark. Near the takeout the creek widens again into a flood plain / Savannah complete with marsh grasses, alligators and many wading birds. The takeout is just beyond the SR 19 bridge on the right side of the creek. Juniper Creek continues for another 2.5 miles before emptying into Lake George.

Sam, Bethanne, Lisa, Matt (Friday Night), Pauline (Saturday Night) - Sites 62 and 65 - Firewood, Cookies, Brauts

Bethanne - Salad and bread

Pauline - Mashed Potatoes with bacon, cheese and onion chives

Lisa - Hatch green chili stew

Victoria / Diane B - Site 54 - Latin Rice, Beans, Salsa

Deb Roy / Daughter - Site 27 - Pasta Fazool Bean Soup, Italian Bread, Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Teresa, Kristine, Jeff (Friday Night) Mark (Saturday Night) - Site 63 - Chili

Lynn, Carl - Site 56 - Healthy Veggie Dish (Carl) , Chocolate Cake, Velveta Dip (Lynn)

Getting There: JUNIPER SPRINGS REC AREA
26701 EAST HWY 40
SILVER SPRINGS FL 34488

< DO NOT USE GPS. IT WILL TAKE YOU 7 MILES WEST OF THE PARK >


From I-75 take Hwy 40 East thru Ocala and Silver Springs approximately 36 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. From I-95 take the Ocala/Silver Springs Exit (Hwy 40) west for approximately 37 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. From the Intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 19 the campground is located 4 1/2 miles west on Hwy 40. The entrance is on the north side of Hwy 40. Phone Park for More Information: Information:[masked]

Juniper Springs Recreation Area map

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  • Victoria P

    Kim...I found your speedo comment a tad "creepy"...
    :)

    November 21, 2012

  • Victoria P

    Anyone missing a well worn pair of men's large speedo?nike? Sport flip flops...found them at campfire picnic table after we all packed up and headed out...

    November 21, 2012

  • Julie N

    Great Trip. Camp site was nice with hot showers.

    November 19, 2012

  • Teresa C.

    The whole trip was wonderful, I cant believe I have spent so many years in Florida and missed all this beauty. I didnt want to leave.

    November 19, 2012

  • Pauline

    Perfect day for paddling Juniper Springs Run! Thanks, Sam, for organizing.

    November 18, 2012

  • Victoria P

    Beautiful narrow, scenic and clear spring fed creek! Fun group, met some people who I look forward to paddling with again!

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip Sam!

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A fun day on gorgeous Juniper Springs.Thanks to organizer Sam.And to transporter Carl.Nifty trick.Carting all those kayaks.On that small trailer.

    November 18, 2012

  • Matt

    Nice facility

    November 17, 2012

  • Sean

    Hello all, we will join for kayaking Sunday morning. What time are we launching?

    November 17, 2012

  • Kim M.

    You know, I was kinda wondering, what sort of ingredients in them thar brownies?

    November 16, 2012

    • Mark

      Why do you think I'm always smiling :)

      November 16, 2012

  • Julie N

    Hi all. I am at the camp site. I am in site 54. That was the last thing I was told. Is anyone else close? Did Martin get a site?

    November 16, 2012

  • Mark

    Back to the important stuff. I will bake some kind of desert for the potluck, brownies?

    November 16, 2012

  • Sam G.

    New change of plans. Diane will be sharing a site with Teresa and Christine so lets try this. Julie N. you can now share site 54 with Victoria. Lisa will be site 62 Friday and Saturday. Matt will share that site on Friday only and Pauline will be there on Saturday night. Rob and Martin can share my site 65 with me on Friday and Suturday. If I have left anyone out please let me know.

    November 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just double checking before I leave my house; We're at Alexander Springs campground , and I'm sharing site # 62 under the name Sam Gellerstedt. Hope that's correct. Sam, please let me know if I'm confussed. Too young for dementia !!!

      November 16, 2012

    • Sam G.

      Call me[masked]

      November 16, 2012

  • Victoria P

    Gotcha Sam, will secure and stay at another site in my own name if available. Will let you know! Julie, you can stay at 54, or join my site if you choose.

    November 16, 2012

    • Julie N

      I should get there between 5-6. I'll see how it looks then. Things seem to change every hour. Looking forward to the weekend. Hope it warms up.

      November 16, 2012

  • Julie N

    I was told to share 54. Julie

    November 16, 2012

  • Victoria P

    Sam, how are we sitting now for camp sites? Does everyone that wants to camp have a place to pitch their tent? Should be up there early afternoon, can secure more sites if we need them..or just take a walkin for myself and allow someone else to use 54...

    November 16, 2012

    • Sam G.

      Victoria, We still need one more camp site. If you can get one when you arrive please reserve it for the weekend.

      November 16, 2012

  • Carl R.

    Looks like it is going to be a overcast sky this weekend and could be quite chilly on the rivers. Dress accordingly. I have seen hypothermia in August on sunless Florida streams !!! I am bringing my waterproof Snuggly !!

    November 16, 2012

  • Victoria P

    Matt, I'm off Friday as well and will be there between 1-2pm, set up camp then would love to paddle a bit. Would like to encourage the campers to bring firewood!

    November 14, 2012

    • Sam G.

      Victoria and Matt. Please try and rent an extrat site for the weekend if there are any available. We have a few people coming who will need a camping spot. Call me Friday when you get to the camp ground.

      November 15, 2012

    • Matt

      Will do Sam

      November 15, 2012

  • Carl R.

    YOU GUYS ARE GIVING ME A HEADACHE !!

    2 · November 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha, I understand.

      November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sam, What site do yo wat me to share ? Also, I need a last name to register.

    November 15, 2012

    • Sam G.

      My last name is Gellerstedt, Sam

      November 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you !!! All this planning must be stressful for you. Hope all will settle down once we all get there. Looking forward to it.

      November 15, 2012

  • Sam G.

    Morena cant make it this weekend so I am assigning Diane B her site. I also am working on getting sites for Rob, Martin and Julie.

    November 15, 2012

    • Julie N

      Just talked to Alex Springs. Still have over 20 walk-in site. I will get there by 5 tomorrow. No electric at the sites, but they do have hot/cold showers.

      November 15, 2012

  • Lisa H.

    Sam, will we have electricity at the campsite? Not a priority....and is anyone bringing bikes?

    November 15, 2012

    • Sam G.

      no Electricity

      November 15, 2012

    • Sam G.

      No bikes that I know of being brought

      November 15, 2012

  • Sam G.

    Who else needs to rent a kayak this weekend? I now have Pauline, Bethanne, Deb Roy and her daughter. Please elt me know by the end of the day Thursday so that I can arrange to have a kayak for you.

    November 15, 2012

  • Sam G.

    Who needs to rent kayaks this weekend. I show Deb Roy needs two (2). Who else needs to rent a kayak.

    November 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't know who to report to, but I'm planning to contribute a tossed salad and some type of homemade bread for Saturday night. Hoping for minimal rain !!!

      November 14, 2012

  • Matt

    Since I am taking off already on Friday, I am planning on getting there between 2 & 3 pm, and going for a few hour paddle before setting up the camp site and BBQ fire. Anyone else going to be there early?

    November 14, 2012

  • Pauline

    For potluck Saturday night, I will be bringing baked mashed potatoes with bacon, cheese, and onion chives.

    November 14, 2012

  • Lynn H.

    I talked to Sam about doing a potluck Saturday night for those who will be camping. If you want to participate, please post what you'd like to bring. If everyone will have their own plate/bowl/cup/plasticware that will keep things easy. I will for sure do my Dutch Oven Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake!

    November 11, 2012

    • Lisa H.

      Hi Lynn, I will bring Hatch Green Chili Stew for the potluck. See you there!

      November 14, 2012

  • Julie N

    I am sorry but I have to cancel the pot luck. I still don't know if I have a camp site or not. Too much in up in the air. This is my first trip so I will see how it goes and try it next time.

    November 14, 2012

  • Julie N

    Martin. Please keep this reservation. I don't have a place either. We might need it.

    November 13, 2012

    • Julie N

      Oops. I may go up on Friday and try to get a walk-in site for the weekend. I called and they are planning on filling up this weekend. If I get a site I will let you know and you can share with me. Will you still get billed for the other site? If so, maybe we should just stay there.

      November 13, 2012

    • Julie N

      Sorry this is late. I will be leaving about 3 and plan to get there about 5 to 5:30. I will check at Alexander Springs first and if I get a site I will let you know via meet-ups. Is that OK.

      November 14, 2012

  • Pauline

    Sam...I need to rent a kayak, thanks.

    November 13, 2012

    • Sam G.

      OK / Ill have you one

      November 13, 2012

  • Lynn H.

    REMINDER to post your contribution for the pot luck dinner on Saturday night if you'll be participating. Only those who contribute will be included...please help us in our planning by letting us know what you'll bring...thank you!

    November 13, 2012

  • Lisa H.

    Anybody have space for a 2 person tent? I'd like to come up from Naples. Never been to Juniper Springs!

    November 12, 2012

    • Julie N

      Sam - Do you know how many tent sites are still available. I'm still not sure I have a place for my tent. I called and they are plannin to fill up. I may go up on Friday just to see if I can get another site. I will keep you posted.

      November 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wahoo !!! Thanks Sam & Lisa !!! I'll see you there . Hoping to arrive around 3 - 5 pm.

      November 13, 2012

  • Julie N

    I thought I read somewhere that this was a regular event every 3 months. I thought I would try and make reservations for the next one but can't find that inforamtion anymore. If you know where to find it or the dates of the next one please forward.

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh and I just bought a 2 man tent if someone would like to share and make sure I am able to get off the ground in the morning!! lol

    October 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm a new member, so I don't know anybody yet. I have a tent or might want to share your site ??? Let me know what would work for you .

      November 13, 2012

  • Julie N

    Hi there. I am still in need of a camp site to share. Just called Alex Sp and they are expecting a full weekend. I also have an extra kayak if someone needs one. Saturday only for camping. Trying to get res for the next schedule trip. Cherrs Julie.

    November 13, 2012

  • Julie N

    One last question? Sorry to bother. Are there forms to fill out? I haven't done this yet. If so do I need to print them and bring them or does someone have copies?

    November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      No dorm

      1 · November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      No forms to fill out

      November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, just a reminder....need to rent two kayaks for Sat. and Sun.

    November 12, 2012

  • Julie N

    how far away is the put-in from parking. I don't have a cart yet?

    November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      There are carts provided at the put-in

      November 12, 2012

  • Julie N

    I guess I will be bringing meatballs. I take it there is power at most (all) sites. I still need to find a site to share or get one when I get there.

    Are we Kayaking both days?? What shuttle charges are there?

    November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      We are camping at Alexander Springs / There are no shuttle charges / we will help you find a site to camp at on Saturday / we are kayaking Juniper Springs on Saturday and Alexander Springs on Sunday

      November 12, 2012

    • Lynn H.

      Julie, if I recall there is no power at the sites so you may want to plan on heating meatballs on a camp stove. I'll have mine available.

      November 12, 2012

  • Julie N

    I will be camping Saturday Night and need a campsite. I also have several extra kayaks if you need one. New at this. I don't think I can reserve a site they are all walk-ups. Do we have to worry about getting a site.

    November 12, 2012

  • Teresa C.

    Kris and I have sight 63 and I am bringing a pot of chili, should be perfect weather for it:)

    November 12, 2012

    • Kristine A

      Hey Sam, Mark is going to be camping on our site Saturday night.

      November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      OK thanks

      November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm brand new to Meet up. I would love to attend this activity. I have a couple of questions; How do I find everyone and can somebody help me put my tent up please ??? Also, I don't have a kayak yet. Is a rental available at Juniper Springs ?

    November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      I am posting camp sites that various members have rented for the weekend. If you don't have a site rented I will try and get you in touch with someone to share a site with. Also we will help you set up your tent. I have a kayak you can rent for the weekend. Call me when you can. Sam[masked]

      November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Victoria and I are sharing site 54 both Friday and Saturday. I have no idea yet what food I'm bringing to share on Saturday.

    November 12, 2012

  • Lynn H.

    I'm in 56 both nights. Will do Dutch Oven chocolate cake for the potluck and something else...will wait to see what we might need.

    November 12, 2012

    • Sam G.

      OOP's / I see you are sharing with Carl

      November 12, 2012

    • Lynn H.

      Sam, I'll be in my hammock and since there is a 2-tent limit we could possibly have another tent on the site...it's a big site. I don't mind having another person if needed.

      November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone want to carpool from Riverview area?

    November 11, 2012

  • Carl R.

    I will be there both nights..staying on Lynns site #56...and will bring some sort of moderatly healthy veggie dish !!

    November 11, 2012

  • Sam G.

    I would like everyone who is camping to post what nights they are camping ,what site they have and if you need anyone to share your site with you.
    Also this will be a pot-luck Saturday night - Please post what food you will bring to share with the group.
    Thanks

    November 11, 2012

  • Mark

    Anybody have a site they'd like to share Saturday night? I have a small 2 person tent, (like 2 full size humans could really fit in it....lol)

    November 11, 2012

  • Lynn H.

    I now have room in my site if anyone still needs a spot...I'm in #56 for both nights.

    November 5, 2012

    • Carl R.

      Me me me !!! I am in...woo hoo !!

      November 5, 2012

    • Lynn H.

      You got it Carl!

      November 5, 2012

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