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Suwannee Quest - Lafayette Blue Springs S.P. to Branford

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  • Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

    799 NW Blue Spring Road, Mayo, FL (map)

    30.126670 -83.226870

  • Can Florida Crackers Chapter members paddle the entire Suwannee River in Florida, one piece at a time?  Join us for one or all of our weekend paddles to find out.

    Moderate to Difficult/Open to Public/Shared fees 

    NOTE: You must provide your own kayak/canoe/SUP and transportation for this trip. 

    For our thirteenth section of the Suwannee River we're going to take advantage of a 3-day holiday weekend and paddle from Lafayette Blue Springs State Park to the town of Branford - a total of about 30 miles. 

    This trip is listed as moderate to difficult because you must be able to climb lots of steps to the river camps as well as do a bit of climbing on rocks to get into all the neat springs along the way.  But if your legs and coordination are in moderately good condition you should have no problems.

    NOTE:This is a 3-day/2-night kayak tour with overnight camping at the Suwannee River Camps.  This is LUXURY camping if you are a backpacker.  Screened sleeping platforms with a ceiling fan & light, potable water, flush toilets, hot showers and a state park style pavilion with tables and grills for cooking.  You may elect to tent camp if you prefer.  We will be utilizing a shuttle service for this trip. Fees for the shuttle and parking will be shared equally among the participants.  

    We'll meet up at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park by 9 am on Saturday morning.  From there we will paddle approximately 9 miles to Peacock Slough River Camp to spend the night.  Sunday we will paddle approximately 11 miles to Adams Tract River Camp to spend the night.  Monday we'll paddle approximately 10 miles to Branford.

    Since I need to reserve the space at the River Camp and arrange the shuttle I will need to have a definite commitment by midnight on Feb. 8. The estimated cost for shuttle and parking fees will be around $40 per person.  I will be able to provide everyone with an exact cost after I know the number of people and have made arrangements for the shuttle.  A suggested gear list and exact fees will be sent out around Feb. 12 to everyone who has signed up. 

    Aside from being a fun kayak tour, this is one of my favorite sections of the river with lots of springs to explore along the way.

    There is no "sag wagon".  Everything you will need to camp out (sleeping bag and pad, clothing, food, cooking gear, etc.) you will need to carry in your boat.  Because of the limited number of people allowed on this trip, please plan on going the distance and treating it as a kayak tour, not coming out for a series of day paddles.

    People who have participated in earlier portions of the Suwannee Quest will be given priority in signing up for this longer trip.

    For more information about paddling the Suwannee River see: http://5-staryakpak.org/places-to-explore/suwannee-river/ 

    To read up on touring in your kayak - what to bring, how to pack, etc. - check out http://5-staryakpak.org/kayaking-101/kayak-touring/

    Deb "Cricket" Blick at [masked]

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  • Deb "Cric­ket" B.
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    Deb "Cricket" Blick. FTA member since 1982. Love north Florida -... more

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    Outdoor enthusiast: AT section hiking; kayaking; camping; biking, and so on.

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    New to Lake City/Deep Creek area. Love animals, kayaking, camping and love to play cards.

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    Hi everyone! I enjoy playing around outdoors kayaking and hiking.

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