Lower Suwannee River Spring Hop! 3 days 2 Nights River Camps. Date Changed.

Trip details: DATE CHANGE. Date Change.

Link from last years trip http://www.meetup.com/kayakjax/events/71351332/

Putin will be at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park boat ramp at 10am on Friday.

Takeout will be Ivey Memorial Park and Boat Ramp in the town of Branford on Sunday. We will be shuttled back to LBS State Park via Suwannee River Rendezvous shuttle service. 


First night will be at Peacock Slough River Camp. (7.2 Miles)


Second night will be at Adams Tract (10.4 Miles)



Take Out Ivey Memorial Boat Ramp (8.5 Miles)



This section of the Suwannee has more springs per mile than the entire river combined. As you can see the daily mileage is very light. Because of the many springs along they way we will take our time and enjoy the many springs. There are plenty of places to pull off and eat lunch and swim in the springs (Bring your mask and snorkel . 

I did a recon trip along this route last week and the springs are starting to return to blue after the high water "black out" Hopefully by the end of the month the river will drop even more and the springs will be blue. 

There are a few sholay areas along the river at lower water levels. Last year we didn't encounter any shoals. The year before we did. It just depends on the water level. There nothing to worry about and add a bit of spice to the trip.

A note on the river camps: These are basically campgrounds on the river, with hot and cold showers. Covered raised sleeping platforms with a larger covered gazebo to eat under. I liken them to Hiltons on the river. Very nice and we will be staying at 2 of them 1 each night.

As for gear:

You must be able to pack all the gear you're going to need for a 3 day trip on a wilderness river. You do not need a tent but if you prefer to sleep in one the river camps do have primitive camping areas. The sleeping platforms sleep 5 or 6 comfortably. 


On the second day between Peacock Slough and Adams tract there is a convenience store where you can get supplies. It is limited but its a great place to eat lunch. 


There is a trip limit of 15 as we don't want to overload the river camps. If you wish to bring a guest then your guest will NOT count against the max number. 


I hope many can make it and I hope I have given sufficient notice =). If you have any questions feel free to call me or email me. I look forward to seeing you.


Cell number (904) 710-5776.




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  • Susan & D.

    Great trip, super fun and it all went smoothly Jim, my guest, said it was 10 times better than anything he thought it would be. ... Darrell

    November 4, 2013

  • Susan & D.

    Right now the weather for Mayo is looking pretty good. The cold front moving in and rain should hit Friday night and be over by Saturday. Chance of rain Friday is 30%, Friday night 60%, Saturday 10%, Sunday 0%. I think for many coastal areas rain front will hit there on Saturday. Anyway, timing is everything - Ha!. It might help to bring a small tarp, some line and pushpins. Even though the platforms have a roof a hard rain with wind may push some drizzle through the screened sides. Hang a tarp on the windward side - problem solved. .... Darrell

    October 31, 2013

    • Susan & D.

      Update: Looks like now some rain may sneak into the early AM Saturday Morning. If so, we take a little more time for a leisurely breakfast. ><((((º>`·.¸ ... Darrell

      October 31, 2013

  • Brian H.

    I am staying in Cabin number 4 Thursday night.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone. Brian

    October 30, 2013

  • Larry K.

    Brian, Do you have reservations at the 2 State River Parks, so we can stay in a nice screened room vs, primitive camping?

    October 27, 2013

    • Susan & D.

      Brian. If/when you cancel one of the 3 shelters you should then close the RSVP meet-up list to any new sign ups. If by noon Thursday people have not decided to go then it is a safe bet we will do the trip with just us 5. The norm anyway is last minute cancellations, not signups. .... Darrell

      October 30, 2013

    • Brian H.

      Yeah good idea will do. Shame we have 800 members and 5 people want to kayak. LOL.

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Brian H.

    I confirmed with Dan at Suwannee River Rendezvous for our shuttle back to Lafayette Blue Springs State park. One person will have to stay at Ivey Boat Ramp to guard the boats while Dan shuttles us back to LBS to get our cars. This way it's only 40 dollars for the shuttle. Generally Dan can fit about 4 or 5 people in his pickup. If by some miracle we get more people signed up then we will have to do a "personal" shuttle after we get our cars at LBS State Park.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Brian H.

    Long term weather forecast has a frontal passage Friday night with a chance of showers then clearing and cooler. Looks like Friday will be quite warm with highs in the 80's and a chance of showers. Then Saturday is mostly sunny a bit cooler with overnight temps in the 50's. Not to bad. =)

    October 28, 2013

  • Susan & D.

    Pat & Larry. It we be good to see you again! We met at the Trekker kayak/picnic event at Salt Springs. .... Darrell

    October 28, 2013

  • Larry K.

    My wife and I did a 3 day Suwannee River Trip last spring, from White Springs, Fl. to the Suwannee River State Park 49 mi. trip, and absolutely loved it! We also stayed overnight both nights at the State River Parks, and they were fantastic. Looking forward to an awesome fun trip!

    October 27, 2013

  • Brian H.

    I am thinking that because this trip is the same weekend as the Florida/Georgia game interest is down. Almost 800 members and no one wants to paddle a beautiful section of river. =(

    October 22, 2013

    • Susan & D.

      OK Jim from Clearwater is also going. So us 3 at this point means 3 drivers (3 vehicles) & 3 kayaks. ... Darrell

      October 24, 2013

    • Brian H.

      Sweet! Its a great section of river the river is at a perfect depth. Gonna be a fun trip. =)

      October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personally I've got too many Friday meetings, the logistics won't work, my injuries have just healed enough, and I'll be there the weekend after at the Rendezvous. Fla Ga may have some affect.

    October 22, 2013

  • Brian H.

    Everything is arranged. I have 3 platforms reserved for Fri and Sat night at each river camp and Joe from Suwannee River Rendezvous will be picking us up on Sunday in Branford. Just like last year. Looking forward to it!!

    October 13, 2013

  • Susan & D.

    As long as you have a shuttle service arranged and platforms reserved I will be there. Susan has a wedding to attend so it will just be me. ... Darrell

    October 13, 2013

  • Brian H.

    The river camps were to full on the 25th and 26th so I changed the dates so there would be less people in the camps. Still should be early enough in the season to swim.

    October 13, 2013

  • Brian H.

    You know I would love to have you! The river is dropping and barring any significant rainfall the river should be at the perfect level.

    October 12, 2013

  • Susan & D.

    This was a great trip last year! I think I'd much rather do this trip than the Trekkers Halloween Spooktacular I signed up for ..... Decisions decisions. ... Darrell

    1 · October 12, 2013

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