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Alafia River Paddle (Florida White Water Class I)

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  • UPDATE: Due to the heavy rain we have seen the Alafia is currently closed due to "unsafe conditions".

    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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  • A former member
    A former member

    my partner is not coming...anyone want to shuttle me back to car? Need someone Please!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    10am for me.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to paddling the Alafia once flood conditions subside.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Because of the large number of people who want to go on this trip, Im going to break up the trip into a 9:00 and a 10:00 group.
    Please let me know which time you can go. If you can go on either time please let me know that too.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Cynthea S.

      10 am, but can do either.

      September 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      10 for me since I'm driving from a different time zone. Volusia co.

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My plans have changed this weekend, I'll see you next time.

    September 26, 2013

  • Sam G.

    UPDATE: Due to the heavy rain we have seen the Alafia is currently closed due to "unsafe conditions".

    If the river goes down around 3-4 feet it may be open for the paddle on Sunday. Please monitor the posting as to whether or not we will paddle this river. I will post the decision Saturday between 6-8 PM.

    Sam

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus one

    September 25, 2013

  • Moira O

    Hi, Sam.. 10am is better for me since I'm driving from Orlando.

    September 25, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    Sam, do you have a yak for me to rent for this day as well as Saturday?

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As it gets closer, the water level? Thanks.

    September 24, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Because of the large number of people who want to go on this trip, Im going to break up the trip into a 9:00 and a 10:00 group.
    Please let me know which time you can go. If you can go on either time please let me know that too.

    September 23, 2013

    • amy

      I would prefer the 10am time slot, Sam, if there is room.

      September 24, 2013

    • Judy D.

      10:00 sounds great!

      September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't been out of my cage in a while, I'd like to attend - either time slot works for me if one opens up.

    September 24, 2013

  • Bill

    10 for me, if you please,,,

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Sam, I'll go at 9 am shift, "slow paddler", I'll probably bring in the tail end of the 10 o'clock group.

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Sam, I'll go at 9 am shift, "slow paddler", I'll probably bring in the tail end of the 10 o'clock group.

    September 24, 2013

  • Kim M.

    10 am for Sheila & I

    September 23, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Family responsibility unexpectedly came up for the weekend. Sorry to miss two of my favorite paddles.

    September 23, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Family responsibility unexpectedly came up for the weekend. Sorry to miss two of my favorite paddles.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sam - have you figured out the 9/10AM divide? Need to know for planning purposes, thanks.

    September 22, 2013

    • Sam G.

      We will take out at the Alafia County Park.

      September 23, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I will send out an email about put in times on Wed but You can come at whichever time you want.

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to an injury I will not be able to paddle. Sorry to miss this trip.

    September 20, 2013

  • Christina M.

    I'd like the ten o'clock group please.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam 10:00 for me also

    September 18, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    I joined tonight and added myself to this wait list, but understand if too late to get me in. I will send my $10 via paypal by Thursday. I've done a good bit of yaking but not white water. I do not have my own yak yet so would need to rent or borrow. Either time is good for me. This trip sounds awesome!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    9:00 for me

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sam. What level of kayaking experience do you need for this trip? Is it fine for beginners? Also, will you be renting kayaks? I will need one if I make it off the wait list.

    September 7, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I will put you in the 10:00 slot with me

      September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks :-)

      September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel.

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I can do either.

    September 10, 2013

  • tina

    Sam ....10 for me please

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can go either time...

    September 8, 2013

  • Sharon

    Won't be back from my cruise in time.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wait list - +1 w/my husband please. Thanks. Meetup (or setting) is not allowing me to add a guest.

    September 6, 2013

    • Sam G.

      He's added

      September 6, 2013

  • Leslie

    I've already signed up but would like to add a +1 if possible. Thanks, Leslie

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus one please.

    August 28, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Santos,
    Thanks for signing up for this event but you need to pay the ten dollar ($10) yearly dues in order to participate in Slacker activities.
    You can sign up on PayPal on the Slackers home page or by making other payment arrangements with me.
    Sam

    August 20, 2013

  • Eric A.

    Sorry. I have never done this run before. Is this "Slacker sponsored" self shuttle or is there an outpost to pay a fee to pick us up?

    August 20, 2013

    • Sam G.

      We shuttle ourselfs

      August 20, 2013

  • amy

    plus 1

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Julie!! Can this slacker hitch a ride?? My favorite swimming hole. I mean kayaking river. I don't plan on tipping over again. I won't I won't I won't!

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus one

    August 8, 2013

  • Sheila B

    plus 1

    August 5, 2013

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