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Joyful Juniper Springs Run paddle

  • Feb 26, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Each of those bluish circular white areas is 'boiling' white limestone sand where 72f cool, crystal clear water is rushing to surface from underground rivers.

Juniper Springs Run - One of the absolutely clearest streams in the entire world. Some reports state that this is not a beginners paddling trail, & yes there are difficulties & challenges. Lets take our time and stop several times to enjoy at least five or six hours of 'drop dead' genuinely gorgeous scenery and wildlife. This is truely great paddle for the more experienced. Several places to pull out and rest. Most common challenges are working around obstructions and sharp turns in a 1.5 knot current which does get faster in some spots. Start early, be prepared to get wet.

Before the paddle, lets walk the barrier-free self-guided interpretive trail paralleling the spring outflows of Juniper Run and Fern Hammock Run provides information on the semi-tropical vegetation plus beautiful views of the waterways. The old Millhouse, built in 1930's by the CCC to generate electricity while enhancing the scenic beauty of the springs.

They built the millhouse or old mill at the foot of the main pool of Juniper Springs. Water flowing from the springs was channeled into a narrow sluice and then allowed to pour back out to its natural configuration. The rushing water that poured through the sluice turned an undershot waterwheel (so named because the water ran under instead of over the wheel). That wheel, in turn, powered a generator in the millhouse that produced more than enough electricity to meet the needs of the recreation area.

The concept worked like a charm. Not only did the millhouse create electricity, but the log and stone design of the structure added a beautiful touch to the setting of the springs. It because a much loved part of the site.

As interpretive panels at the old mill explain, the power plant was a good example of a 1930s “green energy” project. It generated electricity without destroying the scenic beauty of the springs and without producing pollution of any kind.

We will set up a shuttle for this paddle, launching at Juniper Springs Recreation Area $ 5 fee per person (352/[masked]) on FL-40. Takeout is 7 miles downstream where FL-17 crosses river.

..... Launch Juniper Creek Rec Area; 26701 East Hwy 40, Silver Srings, FL 34488.

GPS Info. (Lat, Lon):[masked], [masked]

TakeOut 8 mile shuttle[masked], -[masked] where FL-19 crosses Juniper Creek

As with all of our paddles, we are not guides nor instructors. We are kayaking enthusiasts out for an enjoyable time. We help each other, learn from each and enjoy the privilege of being. By participating in any of our paddles you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety and for your equipment. We do require you wear a PFD with a whistle. It is important for everyone that each participant be prepared for the trip and can keep up with the group. Please use your discretion and best judgment and are comfortable with weather forecast when joining a trip. Be sure you are up to the paddle -- physically, mentally and that your equipment is appropriate for the intended trip. Know and respect your limits. Be safe, act responsibly and you will certainly enjoy another fantastic trip.

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  • Ron Eugene W.

    Absolutely Beautiful Spring Run. Just before my Florida Trip, I bought another kayak just for this 'Juniper Springs Run Paddle' & my new kayak was perfect at 14.5 ft, but i would not care to do this run in a kayak even an inch longer. An ideal kayak for this run is a 10 ft whitewater type kayak for the manuverability, but that short of a boat would be problematic on all our other paddles on this trip, esp. the Santa Fe & Ocklawaha Rivers. Barry brought an 11 ft boat that was ideal for this one paddle & marginal for all the other paddles. . . . Rain storms delayed this paddle. If we had gotten an earlier start, i would have really enjoyed making this paddle three times in one day. I fully intend to do 3 Juniper Springs Run trips in one day when i return there next month. The FL State Park people will bring you & your boat back to the start for only $ 6, but you have to lauch at least 4 hours before sunset. We missed that 'window' by 3 minutes. Sorry the women both missed this paddle.

    March 9, 2013

  • Ron Eugene W.

    Well the concessionaires there only rent long, wide canoes & they get down ok often with 2 novice paddlers. . . . . Then there is this most recent trip report on "You must launch before 1 PM so that you can make the pick up before the park closes. We took two sea kayaks. A Pygmy Coho and a Pygmy Artic Tern. Both are 18 foot sea kayaks and are probably not the best choice for this river because you have much manuvering to do around trees, stumps, sharp turns, etc. However, it can be done no problem. The lower half of the river even has a short section of rapids that is fun and a good change of pace. A strong current requires you pay attention to where you are going less you get hung up.

    February 8, 2013

    • Ron Eugene W.

      The outfitter only rents canoes. They are big wide, sturdy 15 and 17 footers.

      February 8, 2013

  • David D

    signing up tentatively, still gotta work out some details this week!

    1 · February 8, 2013

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  • Ron Eugene W.
    CaptRon 2016, 15, 14 Simply Kayaking Supporter,Paddle Rat Member, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Barry
    2014 Simply Kayaking * Supporter
  • A former member
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