Canoe and Camp (or either or neither)

Who: You and your friends

What: Canoeing and camping trip with a night or two of hanging out thrown in


FRIDAY NIGHT: Meet at Wilderness Way or go straight to Goose Pasture Meet BEFORE 6PM. THIS IS THE CLOSING TIME FOR THE STORE. Rent any canoes, paddles and life-vests you may need, if you are canoeing for both days. Gene will arrive at 6PM to load your canoe onto his trailer. Continue traveling to Goose Pasture Campground. Goose Pasture on Fri night to camp. (Directions at bottom of page)

FRIDAY DINNER: Potluck. Bring something to share. Supermarket Deli is fine.

SATURDAY:Depart Goose Pasture at 9AM and head to Wacissa Canoe rental. Daytrippers and others can rent canoes for one day. Put in at Wacissa Springs about 9:30. Paddle Wacissa Springs back to Goose pasture. (Directions at bottom of page). BREAKFAST: Ziplock-bag omelets. Bring some eggs and some filling for your omelets. LUNCH ON THE RIVER: On your own. Bring something that's easy to handle. Sandwiches, granola bars, canned food, and the like work best. SATURDAY NIGHT: Hang out at Goose Pasture, enjoy the fire and stone soup dinner, camp out again. Read further for a description of stone soup.

DINNER: Bring an item for stone soup (ie something that will go well in soup. We will have vegetarian and meatatarian versions). SUNDAY:Paddle from Wacissa Springs to Boat Ramp just South of US98 BREAKFAST: Hopefully Pancakes

LUNCH ON THE RIVER: On your own. Bring something that's easy to handle. Sandwiches, granola bars, canned food, and the like work best. DETAIL:

Goose Pasture will be our primary focal point as not only is that a logical place to park for all legs of this trip, but those who are doing the entire trip are camping there and our gear will be there all weekend. If you memorize or print any directions or maps, should be it; it is also the best place to come out even for a daytrip or to hang out at our campfire. If one day is all you want to do, your best bet is to come out Sunday morning and paddle the Slave Canal with us as it is an easy trip and a hauntingly beautiful reminder of a time when human dignity was not as highly valued as it should be. Sunday's trip should be about 4-5 hours from the time that we launch until the time we pull out and should be doable by anyone. Even if you only want to do that section, you may find it easier to come out and camp with us Saturday night so we can all start together the next morning. This trip is really about paddling the Slave Canal on Sunday; the upper Wacissa on Saturday is more for extra credit (I’ve never seen it before), who can resist a good campfire and a cold beer with friends? Yes the site is discretely wet, so while we can enjoy a cold one or two or a glass of wine, we cannot have a keg party. This trip is also family-friendly. Meeting at Wilderness Way will allow anyone to purchase/rent any items (canoes, paddles, and life vests) they need that Fri evening instead of making a separate trip; it's much closer to our route to Goose Pasture as well, but you need to be at the shop before 6 if you need to use them as that is when they close. Otherwise we can get supplies from Wacissa River Canoe on Saturday morning.

Directions and maps are at the bottom I'll verify the day before that everything is still good with FWC and that no huge storms are expected. While we will not cancel for a bit of rain, severe weather may change plans, so if you are not sure, post on here and I'll be posting by crackberry. If the road is flooded or very muddy, we will discuss other arrangements or use my 4x4 to ferry folks and boats back into there.

Both Saturday and Sunday mornings, I would like to leave Goose Pasture by 9AM. If you can get there before then, you can leave your car at the campsite, throw your canoe/kayak on my trailer, and catch a ride up to the launch site with the main group in 1 or 2 bigger vehicles; this is my recommended course of action. We should be at Wacissa Springs by 9:30AM and you can choose to meet us at there at the head springs launch site if you are running too late to make it to Goose Pasture. Sunday morning, we will aim for a 9AM launch time, but will not be on any kind of time crunch as the trip is relatively short and many of our canoes will already be unloaded; we will probably break camp and clean up while running the shuttle before launching, so we may not get on the water until 10 or so. If you want to come and think you may be too late, text/call me and talk; we may be able to wait for you. Canoes may be rented at:
The Wilderness Way - Paddlesport Outfitter
3152 Shadeville Road, Tallahassee, FL - (850)[masked]
http://www.thewildern... Wacissa River Canoe & Kayak Rental
290 Wacissa Springs Rd, Monticello, FL - (850)[masked] Blue Water Sports
2320 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL - (850)[masked] or (850) 656- DIVE (3483)
http://www.bluewaters... Please feel free to email, text, or call me if you have any questions. This should be a fun trip and a great chance for even inexperienced paddlers to see some of the wilderness that our area of Florida is known for. Even if you do not know how to canoe, we can teach you; with a little practice, anyone can paddle a straight line. Do not forget to bring everything you will need for the amount of time you intend to be out here with us, including drinking water, shelter, and food. Sat night, I would like to do Stone Soup; we can make 2 separate pots if we have vegetarians along. If you are not familiar with Stone Soup, everyone contributes something for a pot of stew - Google it or go to http://www.extremelin... ); let me know if that sounds fun. For breakfasts, bring enough for yourself but keep in mind that some of us may be working on organizing a community breakfast of pancakes, sausage, ziplock-bag omelets (eggs and stuff in a ziplock bag, dropped in a pot of boiling water) or whatever else we can get our hands on. I know I will at least have a box of pop-tarts, instant oatmeal and some canned goods or MREs for myself in case this part falls through, but I will try to bring some other stuff as well like pancake mix and a plain cast-iron griddle. In short, be completely responsible for yourself and your needs, but be prepared to share and be shared with if things work as well as they usually do. Let's have fun and please don't be afraid to contact me with questions / suggestions or attend as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Note that cell service may be spotty out there, so texting may work much better as it doesn't require as strong of a signal as calling does. **

DIRECTIONS repeated for clarity. See for a map to both The Wilderness Way and Goose Pasture, for a map from Wal-mart to Wacissa Springs, and for a map to the takeout boatramp.

Directions to Wilderness Way Supply Store - 3152 Shadeville Road; to get there from the Tallahassee area, head 12 Minutes South of Capital Circle on Woodville Highway, past the town of Woodville to Wakulla Station. Turn RIGHT at Hwy 267 (at the traffic light by Savannahs Restaurant) then first (quick) LEFT onto Shadeville Rd. To get to Goose Pasture, follow the directions to The Wilderness Way, but turn LEFT instead of RIGHT at the light in Wakulla Station. At the dead end on US98 in Newport, veer left onto US98 and cross the Saint Marks River. Continue East on past the Aucilla River/Taylor Co line for another 2.0 mi. Turn left at Co Rd 680/Powell Hammock and go 4.3 mi to Co Rd 681/Goose Pasture Rd where you again turn left. Follow this road to where it dead-ends at the Wacissa River; we will be in the campground. To get to the Wacissa Springs launch site, take Apalachee Parkway out to CR59, and head South through Wacissa. At the intersection in Wacissa, go straight to the dead end at the spring. If anyone needs to follow me out, we can meet at the BP station at Capital Circle and Woodville Hwy on Fri evening between 5:15 and 5:30 or so. I will be flying low in an effort to get to camp before it is waaaay dark, so if you want to meet me there, we need to boogie. Feel free to call or text me if needed, my number is below. Rather than taking out at Nutall Rise as many do, the take-out will be the southernmost boatramp on the Aucilla River; I chose this as the Aucilla is often hard to paddle upstream against when the water is high, and you have to go up the last few hundred yards to get to the Nutall Rise access point. To get to the boat ramp, follow US98 East across the Aucilla River and take the next real road to the right (CR690), following the signs to CR690a and CR691 to the dead end at the boat ramp. Gene

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  • KrazyPagan

    I'm sorry that Gene wasn't able to make it over to the Slave Canal, but I was thrilled with how the whole trip worked out. It was easy, fun, and the weather could not have been better!

    March 14, 2010

  • sheila

    Getting out was nice. Got VERY close to a semi naked man!!

    March 13, 2010

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