My name is Gary Jones and I will be hosting this trip instead of Brian.
This is the same Ocklawaha River trip that Brian Hembling cancelled. I know Brian was looking forward to hosting this trip but unexpected events made him unavailable. As Brian says below this is an easy, relaxing, and the beauty is stunning. I highly recommend this trip for it's unspoiled natural Florida beauty.
Come out for the day and paddle one of Florida's finest touring rivers! Located about 2 hours from Metro Jacksonville the "Ockie" offers wilderness paddling close to home.
We will meet at Rays Wayside boat ramp at 9AM and shuttle cars to the takeout at Eureka West. Then cram everyone into 1 or 2 vehicles for the ride back to the put in at Rays Wayside.
We will then paddle down the Silver River spring run to the Ocklawaha and then to the take out. There are plenty of places to stop and swim and maybe if were lucky we will see the monkeys!
Don't let the mileage scare you, the Ocklawaha river flows at about 5 to 6 miles per hour and the paddling is very easy. The river is very narrow and there is very little motor boat traffic. We should cover the 18 miles in 4 to 5 hours with lots of swimming and fun.
Every one is kinda stressing about the mileage on this trip. Let me explain it this way. If this was an open water trip with no current lots of wind tides, then it would be a strenuous paddle. The Ocklawaha flows fast and is quite narrow. The average current is between 4 to 6 miles per hour.
I have done the 10 miles from Rays Wayside to Gores landing and it's just to quick. We did it last year and the trip took 3 hours. I have done the 8 mile trip from Gores Landing to Eureka East. The day was over before I knew it had started. So I figured I would combine the 2 trips into one and stretch it out over a day. This IS NOT a strenuous paddle! In fact you could just sit in your boat, keep it going straight and do the entire 18 miles in 4 hours.
So please come out and enjoy the day! it will be a lot of fun.
What to Bring:
Water (lots of water it's HOT!)
Hat & Sunglasses
Hope to see everyone there!! If you need directions or more info email me and I'll send you the Google maps information.