DeLeon State Park, and the Sugar Mill Pancake breakfast!

 

Breakfast and Paddle @ DeLeon Springs State Park

This is a state park, and there's a fee for entry.  I thought it was already in the description and I apologize for that.  $6 per vehicle (up to 6 people) or $4 single occupant vehicle

THE BREAKFAST PART IS NOT REQUIRED THE PADDLE STARTS @ 11:00 am

For those that want to come but not paddle, there are hiking trails though the park, or an Ecoboat ride.

Breakfast @ The Old Spanish Sugar Mill @ 9:30 am.  they will not seat us till our whole party is there. Cost: - Pancakes are $4.50 per person. Side orders of meats, eggs, fruits, beverages range in price from $1.75 to $2.50 depending on what you order. Sandwiches and salads range from $4.00 to $9.00. This is the place with the Griddle in the middle of the table.

We will meet @ ramp across from the Old Sugar Mill @ 10:00 a, We will be on SPRING GARDEN LAKE for a short time the head toward Lake Woodruff depending on the group we can stop and rest then return.

ABOUT THE PARK Native Americans visited and used these springs as long as 6,000 years ago. In the early 1800s, settlers built sugar and cotton plantations that were sacked by Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War. By the 1880s the springs had become a winter resort, and tourists were promised "a fountain of youth impregnated with a deliciously healthy combination of soda and sulphur."

The swimming area is adjacent to a beautiful, shady picnic ground. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available for a paddling tour of the spring and spring run.

De Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes.

At The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, guests can make their own pancakes at the table.

Swimming is permitted from 8:00 a.m. until one half hour before sunset. The swimming area is spring fed and is a constant 72 degrees. Depths range from 18" to 30' at the spring boil. Children and non-swimmers should be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times. The swimming area is approximately 500 feet in circumference. Ten laps around would be about a mile. Lifeguards are on duty only during the summer months. NO swimming is permitted in Spring Garden Creek.

Visitor Center Exhibits feature the park's 6,000 history, starting with the Native American mound builders, through the 1960s attractions era and the water skiing elephant. A touch table with bones and shells, DVDs on the spring and river, park photo albums, rocking chairs, and a children's area ensure there is something for everyone.

Wildlife is plentiful and can be easily observed from the walkway across the spring. Otters, alligators, manatees, osprey, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and even a swimming black bear have been spotted. this is an hour to and hour and a half drive from JAX

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  • Linda

    great day, saw lots of gators, I only saw the little ones, as I thought the big guy had enough photo ops. weather held out, and I think I'm still on a trend here! Ralph says I'm batting 1000 on that. I don't want to say too much and jinx myself with the weather!

    March 23, 2013

    • Valentin S.

      When is the next one?

      March 26, 2013

    • Linda

      for De Leon - maybe late June. I have to look at my schedule to be sure!

      March 27, 2013

  • Annette M.

    I had a really good time. I got some awesome pictures.
    Great weather. Thanks.

    March 24, 2013

  • Andrea

    Vicki and I enjoyed the day even though we arrived too late to eat breakfast with the group and never caught up with you while kayaking. Swimming in the springs was refreshing as always! For those of you who cancelled due to the potential bad weather, you missed a great outing. We didn't have rain until the drive home.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Tori C.

    Really glad the weather was in our favor out there. Beautiful park!

    March 23, 2013

  • Peter B.

    Beautiful weather with beautiful people!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Corey G

    Guys, due to the forecast continuing to show a 50-60% probability of thunderstorms by noon and the risk of severe weather given by one source, I won't be going today. Too far to go and then turn around if weather gets bad. Hope those that decide to go are able to have fun.

    March 23, 2013

  • Linda

    ready to leave, see everyone there!

    March 23, 2013

  • Mike R.

    Well, I'm cancelling as well. Not so much due to weather, although it doesn't look great, but because I've been stuck working on-call all night, probably have another hour left, and have to get back on at 6:00am to finish up. Someone have a pancake on my behalf.

    March 23, 2013

  • Linda

    for those left going, I will be there around 9 at the restaurant! we'll take a judgement on wether or not to paddle after.

    March 22, 2013

  • Tori C.

    My yak is packed. I'll do a weather check in the morning before heading out (still a "no" for pancakes).

    March 22, 2013

  • Mike R.

    Yeah, forecast is getting worse by the minute. At this point I'm still in but if the trend continues I might follow the droppers.

    March 22, 2013

  • Bob and Fairlie S.

    Soooooo sorry, bu but the weather combined with the distance has done us in.... Please let there be a next time!

    March 22, 2013

  • Regina

    I too think with the high thunderstorm probability that I too will remove myself from attending both the breakfast and the kayaking :(

    March 22, 2013

  • Chris G.

    The weather is looking too iffy for us. For you folks who are making the drive hoping for good weather, I hope it works out!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I think we're backing out on this one. :( I was really looking forward to it. Darn weather. "Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 82F. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%."

    March 22, 2013

  • Linda

    weather forcast is for scattered showers. If everyone still wants to go, I'm in. if it rains, we had a great breakfast!

    March 21, 2013

    • Andrea

      I'm still coming and bringing my friend Vicki. We'll be there for breakfast.

      March 22, 2013

    • Linda

      I plan on kayaking, just if the weather goes bad, than I won't.

      March 22, 2013

  • Stacie L.

    Is it okay to bring a blowup kayak? Just wondering, I've never done this before :)

    March 4, 2013

    • Linda

      the bottom is not rocky, or at least as far as I've seen. I believe the inflatables have a "hard" bottom. and I'd love to see it. I am considering getting one, but hesitant till I know more about them.

      March 7, 2013

    • Mike R.

      I can bring a 15' SOT if you need another boat.

      March 21, 2013

  • Mike R.

    Looks like I'll be able to make this one after all. In for breakfast as well.

    March 21, 2013

  • Patti

    Just can't make this one, sorry. Enjoy!

    March 21, 2013

  • Kathy F.

    Sorry, Can't make it this time..

    March 20, 2013

  • Pam

    This sounds like such a great time....but am already committed to an event at the Jacksonville Arbotetum all weekend.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Back issues

    March 19, 2013

    • Linda

      does this mean you are not going???

      March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, I am not going

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just want to be positive of times. I was a little confused when reading. So, does the breakfast begin at 9:30 and the paddle 11:00? I read two different times in the description of when the paddle starts..and I don't want to miss y'all! :)

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Linda

      breakfast at 9:30 am - try to be there before that, as they won't seat us till the whole party is there.

      March 19, 2013

    • Linda

      Paddle at 11:00 am.

      1 · March 19, 2013

  • Peter K.

    Currently in the process of driving to/from NC for move

    March 17, 2013

  • David

    Chasing spanish instead......

    March 9, 2013

  • David

    Always a good time on one of your paddles, but the spanish mackrel are running in the panhandle. I can't resist, just got to chase 'em. I might have pancakes over there but I won't be at DeLeon Springs.

    March 9, 2013

  • Bob and Fairlie S.

    We can not make it for pancakes...see you at 11

    March 9, 2013

  • Regina

    I'm in for the pancakes...thank you.

    March 9, 2013

  • Linda

    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend. we have a big group, so please remember that they won't sit us for pancakes till the whole party is there. let me know if you are doing pancakes or just the paddle. if your running late, please call me -[masked]

    March 7, 2013

    • Tori C.

      I'm just doing paddle..

      March 7, 2013

    • Linda

      I make one error, the date is March 23, got my weekends mixed up, as they are very busy lately!

      March 8, 2013

  • Andrea

    The event is still March 23 not next weekend right?

    March 7, 2013

    • Linda

      yes it's the 23rd,,, got my weekends mixed up!

      March 8, 2013

  • Richard

    yes,pancakes

    March 8, 2013

  • Peter B.

    Paddle only for us - new diet means no pancakes

    March 8, 2013

  • Kathy

    yes, pancakes

    March 7, 2013

  • Annette M.

    Count me in for pancakes.

    March 7, 2013

  • Debbie

    Have family coming to town

    February 25, 2013

  • Kathy F.

    Linda,
    Are you bringing your wet suits for this paddle? Just wondering how cold it will be a month away.. Looking forward to going.. Still sick, and sad that I am not going to the manatee's in Crystal River..
    Have fun.. I will be thinking about you all.

    February 20, 2013

    • Linda

      yes in the area designated for it. and yes I would use a wet suit. it also depends on the weather that weekend. bring it just in case.

      February 25, 2013

    • Kathy F.

      Thank You..

      February 25, 2013

  • Linda

    Okay, I tried to update this, but I'll have to do it with a post. This is a state park, and there's a fee for entry. I thought it was already in the description and I apologize for that. $6 per vehicle (up to 6 people) or $4 single occupant vehicle

    February 2, 2013

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