Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

  • Suwannee River Wilderness Trail: Otober 18-23, 2019

    This page is for trip registration only. Payment can be made through either PayPal or regular mail. Further information will be given on making payment after completion of the trip registration form.

    Click here to view the trip itinerary.

    Trip Registration Deadline

    October 4, 2019 or when trip capacity is reached  

    Participation Limit

    75 paddlers

    Full Trip Fee

    The trip fee includes camping, meals, and shuttle.
    • Adult Paddlers: $499/person
    • Senior Paddlers (65+): $475/person
    • College Student Paddlers: $475/person

    The Meal Plan. Meals will be provided by professional caterers or local civic groups. Expect hearty, hot fare for breakfast and dinner. On-water lunch stops will include ample portions of fruit, chips, cookies, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches, and water.

    Shuttle Service. Paddlers can choose a pre- or post-trip shuttle. Those choosing the pre-trip shuttle will park their vehicles at the trip's ending point, the Shrine Club in Branford, by 1PM on October 18. After boats and gear are loaded onto trailers and the truck, paddlers will be shuttled to the trip's launching point at Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee. Paddlers' vehicles will be waiting for them at trip's end. Those choosing the post-trip shuttle will leave their vehicles at the trip's launch point at Madison Blue Springs State Park and be shuttled back there at trip's end.

    Paddle Florida Lite

    $100/day. Can't get away for the whole trip? Choose the Paddle Florida Lite option and pay a daily rate over four or fewer days. The daily fee includes a meal plan, but no shuttle. If you are not paddling the whole trip, you may need to arrange for your own shuttle transportation. Contact Bill Richards at bill@paddleflorida.org for more information.

    Boat Recommendations

    Water levels on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers can vary greatly. When they're up, a current of 4 mph or more will give paddlers a nice easy ride. When they're down, paddlers will work harder to maintain a 2-3 mph pace and shoals may appear on the Withlacoochee. We won't know conditions until the week of this trip. Due to the wide range of potential conditions, we recommend kayaks or canoes of at least 12 feet in length. Longer boats generally give paddlers more directional control than shorter boats, which usually contributes to a happier time on the water. In low water conditions, paddlers may prefer to bring plastic boats, which usually weather limestone shoals better than those made of more fragile materials like fiberglass, Carbonlite, or Kevlar.


    Paddlers needing to rent a canoe or kayak and related gear may contact our partnering outfitter, Suwannee Canoe Outpost.

    Required Liability Waiver

    Participants will be required to complete a liability waiver, which can be downloaded from the 'Documents' tab of this page. If you're sending your registration form through regular mail, please also print and send the completed waiver with your check. You can also bring the completed waiver with you to check-in. We will also have blank waivers onsite for paddlers to complete.

    Paddle Florida Policies

    • All paddlers must attend the trip overview and orientation on the first evening. Paddlers must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
    • Paddlers must wear a properly fitted US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle at all times on the river.
    • Paddlers under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian. No more than two children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
    • Sorry, no pets allowed.
    • All paddlers must provide emergency contact information and sign a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18.
    • People-powered watercraft only.
    • Paddle Florida adheres to all rules put forth by the public parks we stay in, including the ban on alcoholic beverages.
    • All paddlers must respect private property along the river.
    • All paddlers must have basic paddling, swimming, and wet exit skills.
    • Violations of these policies can result in the paddler being removed from the event without refund.

    Refund Policy

    Due to the financial outlay and costs incurred by Paddle Florida during event planning, any force majeure, which includes but is not limited to water levels, inclement weather, and any other Acts of God not mentioned herein, shall not result in the refund of any fees paid to Paddle Florida. Absolutely no fees will be refunded after 15 days before the event begins. Before each trip registration deadline, requests for fee refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    Documents Attached to Suwannee River Wilderness Trail:
    2019 - 2020 USCA Waiver Release Form
    Suwannee Trip 2019 - Itinerary
    Suwannee Trip 2019 - Paper Registraton Form