LOCATION: Paynes Creek Historic State Park; 888 Lake Branch Road, NE; Bowling Green, FL 33834. Meet at the canoe/kayak launch. Ask ranger for directions to launch.
DESCRIPTION: There is a fee to enter the state park. As of December 2018, it was $3/vehicle. At entrance, please ask for directions to the canoe launch and also to restrooms. Restrooms are in a different location than launch.
Join us as we paddle down the Peace River starting from the canoe launch at Paynes Creek Historic State Park and ending at Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs. We will drop the kayaks off at the State Park, then shuttle the cars to Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs. Please arrive on time as we will need time for the shuttle. Not counting the shuttle time, the paddle will take about 3-4 hours. We will stop along the way for snack break at Wauchula. The distance on the water is approximately 8-10 miles. This is a one-way paddle downstream. Following the paddle, all are invited to eat at Pioneer Restaurant in Zolfo Springs.
As we will be shuttling cars, whenever possible, PLEASE HAVE ROOM AVAILABLE in your vehicle to EITHER bring people back in the beginning of the trip (from the take out parking area back to the launch site) OR be able at the end to bring a driver plus kayak back (from the take out parking area back to their vehicle in the launch area). Your help with this will be appreciated.
Info on Peace River Paddling trail: https://floridadep.gov/sites/default/files/Peace_R_Guide_0.pdf
Pioneer Park address is 231 Wilbur C King Blvd, Zolfo Springs, FL 33890. For anyone interested, they do have camping there. Website: http://www.hardeecounty.net/site/content/parks/pioneer_park.html
Pioneer Restaurant address is 2902 US-17, Zolfo Springs FL 33890. Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34758-d4108845-Reviews-Pioneer_Restaurant-Zolfo_Springs_Florida.html
BRING OR WEAR: Kayak or canoe, PFD, paddle, whistle, water, snacks and/or lunch, sun and insect protection. If going to lunch at Pioneer Restaurant after kayaking, bring cash as they do not accept credit card.