Join us on a 6 mile upriver paddle on Gum Slough (and another 6 miles back). This is a hidden spring deep off the Withlacoochee River. It is shallow spring run that makes a beautiful paddle. We often see deer and loads of birds on this trip. Once we reach the spring, it is much like a fish bowl with hundreds of small fish swimming in the spring bowl. This will be an all day trip. Depending on the water level, we might have to pull our boats over some trees but nothing too difficult. This trip is only for those that have a boat as there are no rentals. Endurance is required since it is un upstream paddle
This property was acquired to protect and preserve natural water resources and the water quality of the Withlacoochee River, Gum Slough and associated tributaries. The Withlacoochee River, Gum Slough and Gum Springs Run are located adjacent to the property and were designated Outstanding Florida Waters in 1989. Gum Slough spring run that flows into the Withlacoochee River. The water in Gum Slough comes from several springs, which makes it remarkably clear and appealing. For the most part, the riverine shores along the property are still natural and undeveloped. The upland areas of the property are a mixture of natural pine flatwoods and oak hammock.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) owns the property along the eastern boundary of the District’s property. These ownerships combined represent 9,480 acres of public lands known as the Half Moon Wildlife Management Area, which is managed by the FWC.
Bring lunch and snorkel gear.
You must RSVP: Leader: Mary-Slater Linn[masked] or [masked]