NEW THANKSGIVING WEEKEND PADDLE
Friday afternoon we will meet at 2:00pm at Ivey Memorial Park in Branford and drive to the Hwy 51 bridge.
We will put in where the bridge passes over the Suwannee River and paddle 3 miles down to Peacock Slough River Camp and you can camp either in one of the river chickee's or tent camp at one of the primitive tent camp sites.
Saturday we will paddle 10 miles down the river to the next river camp - Adams Track. Again you will have the option of using one of the camp chickee's or tent camping.
Sunday will will paddle 8 miles down river back to Ivey Memorial Park in Branford.
We will NOT be using the outfitter or the caterer. You will be bringing camping equipment and food with you in your kayaks.
I need 10 people to commit to going on this trips. The cost will be around $230.00 per person.
This will include the Ferry, park admission, camping fees and kayak fees. We will only be able to take 3 kayaks out with us - so we will have to share. Kayaks are limited to between 12' - 15'.
Camping in the Dry Tortugas National Park is definitely an experience of a lifetime! Imagine sleeping under the stars, on an island 70 miles from civilization, with the warm tropical breezes blowing through palm trees and the rhythmic sound of the ocean waves playing in the background.
Upon boarding at 6:30 am from Key West, you will enjoy a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly baked bagels, doughnuts, cereal, orange juice, and coffee.
En route to Dry Tortugas National Park (http://www.drytortugas.com/) our onboard naturalist will give you an orientation about the area and the national park’s surroundings. During your voyage to one of America’s most remote National Parks, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grande, and frequent turtle (http://www.drytortugas.com/turtles) and dolphin sightings.
Campers must have all gear on the dock (NOT left in camping area) by 10:30AM on the day of departure from Ft. Jefferson to load on the boat. Equipment must be packed and cleaned of sand before re-boarding. Please keep with you items you will need for the day, as the boat may be off the dock for much of the day.
You can travel inside the main cabin in air-conditioned comfort or outside on one of the observation decks. The Yankee Freedom III also features comfortable cushioned seats, three restrooms, fresh water rinse shower, full galley serving snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine, mixed drinks (on return trips only), film, and souvenirs. You will reach the National Park boundaries within 2 hours and 10 minutes after leaving Key West harbor. .
Dean Boring (and a few of his friend) would like to invite anyone who would like, to join him on his annual 33 mile, 4 day 3 night paddle event on the Peace River. You will meet at Paynes Creek Historical Park in Bowling Green at 8:00 am when the park opens, unload the boats and gear and then everyone will drive their vehicles to Brownsville Park in Arcadia where secure multi night parking is provided for $10 per car per night ($30 total). He will hire a friend with a large truck to bring everyone back to the put in. You will trail blaze the first two days so that you can relax the last two days. He will bring water purification systems with him so that you will not need to bring a lot of extra water (unless you want too). Any and everyone is invited to join him and his friends on this Adventure. Water level should be low enough in areas to allow fossil digging. You are required to get a permit ($5.00) on line to dig for fossils. Deans phone number is[masked] is you need him for any reason.
This trip will be an overnight camping trip. Lots of big gators, all shy, and birds. Want to check out the eagles nest - see what kind of activity there might be.
The Old SR 13 railway and trestle was part of the Flagler Railroad System in the early 1900's and today is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and is used by hikers to cross the Econlockhatchee River.
The last time we did this river, the water was so high we had to go around the bridge, and could have paddled across the bridge.
Come join me....we can be on the water by 9am.
419 BRIDGE GPS CORDS: N28 39'18.5" W081 10'06.1"
The $30.00 covers camping and Bar-B-Que
COME FOR DINNER OR COME FOR THE WHOLE FIVE DAYS / FOUR NIGHTS
WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY PRIZES AT THIS EVENT. YOU WILL NEED TO BE A SLACKER MEMBER AND BE PRESENT TO WIN.
THIS YEARS MEAL SCHEDULE
FRIDAY NIGHT - OPEN
SATURDAY MORNING - PANCAKE BREAKFAST
SATURDAY NIGHT - BAR B QUE DINNER PROVIDED
SUNDAY NIGHT - POT LUCK DINNER
MONDAY NIGHT - LEFT OVERS / NEW YEARS EVE PARTY AND GIVE-A-WAY DRAWING
******PLEASE POST WHAT POT LUCK MEAL YOU WILL BE PROVIDING *******
We will be camping, hiking, paddling and partying for 5 days and 4 nights along the St John's River.
The $30.00 fee covers camping for all ONE TO FOUR nights and a Bar-B-Que Dinner.
If you are only coming for Dinner the cost will be $15.00 per person.
Dinner will be provided for everyone. We will provide Bar-B-Que Pulled Pork, Bar-B-Que Pulled Chicken, Bar-B-Que Ribs and sides.
IF YOU WANT A VEGETARIAN MEAL PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
River Forest is a shaded group camping facility on the shores of the St. Johns River in Ocala National Forest. Located just across the river from Deland, the site is popular for groups, family reunions and weddings and can accommodate up to 125 guests.
The Ocala National Forest spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.
The campground is shaded with large live oaks with a flat, grassy patch of land that leads to the St. Johns River.
This site is a great setting for groups to relax, picnic and enjoy the shade on a warm day. A large field offers ample space for activities such as softball, volleyball and horseshoe tossing.
Visitors wanting to venture out of the picnic area can go for a long walk through floodplain forests and pine flatwoods on the St. Francis Trail, or head to the river to canoe, kayak or fish for bass.
All facilities are the highlight of the River Forest Group Site. Facilities include a screened pavilion for food preparation and cooking with your own cook stoves. A bathhouse has also been built on site.
The camping area is flat for tents with some shade provided by trees. While RVs are welcome, there are no hookups and all vehicles must remain in the designated parking area. Grills and picnic tables are provided.
NO PETS ALLOWED
Activities and Amenities
Accessible Picnic Shelters
Know Before You Go
A campground host may be available
Band and DJs allowed
Alcohol is permitted
Bears and raccoons frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):[masked], [masked]°0'46"N, 81°23'27"W
From Deland, Florida, drive west on State Route 44 to the first intersection after crossing the St. Johns River. Turn right on County Road 42, and the entrance to the campground is on the right.
BRITTLE ROAD PARKING AREA Primitive camp and hike zone D and C. With the parking area close to the camp ground, we will have the benefit of car support. It is also very quiet, as the camp ground is a good distance from the road. We can also explore the caves that are located in D Loop. We will have a camp fire too. This is a remote campsite far enough away from the road that camping should be quiet at night (No road noise) Lets plan to do some hiking Saturday and Sunday. Lets work up an appetite and then cook up a great dinner over the camp fire. I look forward to camping with everyone!!
This will be a "Glamping" paddle (ie bathrooms and cold showers). We will set up a base camp at Gores Landing and paddle the Ocklawaha River from Rays Landing to Gores (Saturday) and from Gores to Eureka West (Sunday). I plan to arrive late Friday to set up the base camp. Participants are welcome to camp both nights, one night only or not at all.
Saturday night will be a potluck dinner night. Everyone contributes and everyone shares. Please note in the comment section below what you will contribute.
The Ocklawaha is said to be a very old river geologically, and as a result has created a mile-wide valley. It has a sand bottom and its waters tend to be very clear with occasional areas where tannin from the swamps colors the water a darker hue.
Gores Landing have campsites on a first-come,first-served basis; we will share sites to fit everyone; small pup tents are advised or share large tent - whatever works and people are comfortable with. There are bathrooms with outdoor showers. There are a total of 12 campsites at Gores, hopefully there will be sites available to us.
EVERYONE IS INVITED FOR SINGLE DAY TRIP and/or to hang out for food/drink at campsite on Friday or Saturday evening, or camp at other locations.
Pets are prohibited at all Marion County Parks.
Everyone on the water is required by law to have a PFD and a whistle.
Rental kayaks are available. Let me know if you need to rent one.
WEATHER CHECK ZIP CODE: 32134
Alderman’s Ford County Park was named after James Alderman, who, in 1848, sloped the banks in thisin 1902, Democratic Party candidates in Hillsborough County started their political campaigns here. Thistrend continued for more than 60 years. The site became a county park in 1950 and the park nowencompasses 1,141 acres.
The Alafia River provides the paddler with occasional shoals to get the heart pounding. Ibis,wood stork, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, pileated woodpecker, kingfisher, blue heron, songbirds,alligators and turtles can all be spotted. When the water is high and the current becomes swift. Most of the trail’s shorelines are undeveloped and in public ownership.
The canoe launch at Aldermans Ford is on a channel that leads to the main river. Travel approximately 100 yards from the canoe launch and turn left (downstream). You will quickly pass under a small, but high bridge. From this point, the river narrows and proceeds beneath cypress, hardwood hammock and oak trees that provide welcome shade. Along the Alafia, the banks are generally several feet high and heavily vegetated, making it difficult to land or launch.
The river is fairly swift (1 to 4 MPH depending on water levels), with several small sets of whitewater rapids created by limestone shoals in the river. At very low water levels these become difficult to pass without bottoming out and at high water you might not notice them. However, if the water is just right, you'll experience up to 10 sets of class 1 whitewater rapids. Of course, compared to any state north of 30 degrees latitude it's not much, but for Florida, the whitewater is great.
Alderman's Ford County Park – On Thompson Road, a half block west of CR 39, one mile north of Lithia.
CR 640 Bridge – Six miles southeast of Brandon. (9 miles) No Parking
Lithia Springs County Park – One mile east on Lithia Springs Road, off CR 640. (1 mile)
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We will have room for about 40 tents at the group camp site.
Cost will be $10 per night to camp in the group camp site.
Plan on a pot luck dinner Saturday night.
You don't need to camp to come paddle with us either Saturday or Sunday.
There are cabins,private camp sites, and RV sites are also available. Please call the Little Manatee Canoe Outpost to reserve [masked]).
Depending on water levels we will be paddling some part of the Little Manatee.We are planning on paddling the upper Little Manatee on Saturday morning. This will be an 11 mile paddle. The cost of the shuttle will be $15.00. Other paddles will be posted later.
The Little Manatee River is a classic tannin-stained Central Florida river. It is a Florida Designated Outstanding Waterway. In a day's paddle, it transitions from a 10-20 foot wide creek meandering through ash and oak dominated floodplain to a 300-foot wide tide influenced river fanning through tidal marsh that empties into Cockroach Bay/ Tampa Bay. The sandy bottom and gently sloping banks create a number of spots to stop and stretch or eat.
Please bring a PDF, whistle, water and lunch/snack.
Call me if you have any questions (Sam[masked]
We will set up basecamp at Alexander Park for both Friday and Saturday evenings. We will paddle Juniper Saturday and another spring Sunday. Again well will do a pot luck dinner on Saturday night only - on your own for Friday night.
Sunday morning you can paddle either 4 miles downstream from head springs to the bridge and back to the Alexander Springs park (easy - very beautifull paddle - 2 miles each way) or paddle one of the other springs or rivers in the area. This will be an open day.
We will run our own shuttles.
Weather check zip code: 32720
Alexander Rec Area GPS CORDS: N29,04'42.0" W081,34'40.0"
CAMPING FEE: $21.00, primitive/bathrooms/showers,no electric, this includes entrance fee; sites are 1st come/1st served; can call[masked] to reserve a site to be certain. 2 tents/vehicles per site allowed.
We can reduce costs by 2 people sharing a campsite.
From Altoona, FL, take State Rt. 19 north for 3.7 miles to
Alexander Springs sign (County Rd. 445). Turn onto Rt. 445 and
go 5.1 miles to campground on left.
Sign up for the weekend or just come for a day paddle. Non-camper or single day paddlers are welcome.
Saturday single day paddlers, cost is $5.50 to enter park/launch.
MEET AT CANOE LAUNCH INSIDE PARK AT 9am on Saturday morning, unload kayaks and run shuttle.
Carpooling is always encouraged.
Bring lunch and plenty to drink.
*********WEARING YOUR PFD/WHISTLE IS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED.*********