Trail and paddle at the Ortega River 118th Street

I was thinking about how to get to the south portion of Cedar river, which is the Ortega area, and I have finally found a place to meetup to get us there. The meetup place is at LC Ringhaver park off of 118th Street Jacksonville, FL. I'm thinking a Friday two weeks from now meet up at 10:00 in the AM July 6, 2012. Having a cart for your kayak is almost a must as the walk to the dock from parking is roughly 1400 steps or .75 miles; even one person with a cart and another that is willing to help carry someone else's kayak would be doable too! What do you think?

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  • Debbie

    great chance to paddle an that is not accesable usually.
    liked that it was during weekday.

    July 7, 2012

  • James

    Wish I could have stayed longer. I need to clean up the trail Dora blocked. Good organizer, I enjoy the water in my area :)

    July 7, 2012

  • Ken J.

    I had a great time today thanks to all who helped set it up.

    July 6, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    Everyone was very helpful during the whole experience: loading unloading, push off, and paddle!!

    July 6, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    this paddle was a good 4.2 miles long!! good paddling all ^_^

    July 6, 2012

  • Theresa P.

    I will plan to launch with James and if anyone wants to come and does not have kayak I am sporting a tandem.

    July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    thank you Trabo, but I'm still not sure if I can come because tonight at work by back was hurting too much...I guess I'll have to wait a little bit more before I can do some kayaking :(

    July 6, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    i think the house next to the cult de sac is at 7514 Ortega Bluff Pkwy

    July 5, 2012

  • James

    Collins road between 17 (Roosevelt) and 21 (Blanding) the only light is at Ortega Bluff, go to end of main road. Ends in cul-de-sac. Please clean up :) leave room for two cars, launch for me will be 10:30ish

    July 5, 2012

  • Theresa P.

    Could someone tell me how to get to that neighborhood where I can launch my tandem. I do not have a cart.

    July 5, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    we can get set up and paddle for an hour and an hour back and that should give you enough time to head out of the park by 1:00-1:30

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi trabo, I like this idea but how many hours will it take? cause I have to be back in st augustine by 2:30ish

    July 5, 2012

  • James

    I live in that neighborhood and try to clean that beach as often as possible. I plan to launch ~10:45, paddle to the dock at 118th street and see if I can help anyone with there boat. I may take additional time off work so I can launch at 9:45 and meet at dock by 1000, but not sure yet.

    July 5, 2012

  • James

    There is a dock I call just off 103rd, which will add 3-4 miles to trip both ways. (Ortega Farms Blvd)
    The only other enterance I know of is through a neighborhood off Collins, but limited parking and you have to carry through woods on a trail (I've launched an 18' kayak from there).

    July 2, 2012

  • James

    Start without me. I leave work at 1000

    July 2, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    as a reminder for this paddle, it is highly recommended that you have some sort of cart to roll your kayak to the dock as it will roughly be a .75mile walk to the start of the paddle from the parking lot.

    June 28, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    sorry joe, this is going to be a dock type launch. the only other option is to start out at a ramp 4 miles upstream which would total the paddle there and back to around 14-16 miles... a long long paddle for me!

    June 27, 2012

  • Trabo S.

    Fixed the map, hope that helps, we will be meeting up by the tennis courts. This is the best option for the dock, since there is somewhat of security for the trail near the park. another entrance at the end of morse st. is also available, but there is not much security there and it would be more difficult to park and put your kayak on the trail.

    June 19, 2012

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