Paddle Florida

 

Dam to the Bay
March 16-22 , 2013, on the Ochlockonee River

Capacity: 100 people
Distance: 76 miles
Registration: $300/adult; $275/Senior, College Student; $250/Youth 8-17; Child (7 and under)/free
Meals: $175/person
Paddle Florida Lite: Four days or less: $60/day; Meals: $30/day
Outfitter: The Wilderness Way

Join Paddle Florida for six days on north Florida's Ochlockonee River, part of Florida's statewide trail system managed by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails.

Ochlokonee adventure begins at Ed and Bernice's Fish Camp with overnights at Huey P. Arnold County Park, Whitehead Lake, Mack Landing, Womack Creek and Ochlockonee River State Park. Trail's end is at Bald Point State Park, 76 miles down the river.

Tandem at sunriseDam to the Bay — the Ochlockonee River.

Day 1 — Saturday, March 16, 2013
We begin at Ed and Bernice’s Fish Camp on the south side of the dam near SR 20.  After dinner and an overview of the trip, we will camp and get ready for the adventure to come.

Day 2 — Sunday, March 17
Ed & Bernice’s Fish Camp to Huey P. Arnold County Park
Paddlers will eat breakfast at Ed and Bernice’s Fish Camp and set out for the county park – 15 miles.  We will have a rest stop on the river in the Bradwell Unit of the Apalachicola National Forest at Drake Landing after nine miles, before arriving at Pine Creek Landing, a facility in the Apalachicola National Forest.  We will have an evening program and dinner in the Forest.  Breakfast will be served at Huey P. Arnold County Park (Liberty County) the next morning. More detailed route map.

Day 3 — Monday, March 18
Huey P. Arnold County Park to Whitehead Lake
We awake in the middle of the Apalachicola National Forest for breakfast.  This will be a 16 mile day with a rest stop at Jack Langston Fish Camp at 7.5 miles, before arriving at Whitehead Lake Landing, another facility in the Forest.  Again there will be dinner and a program, with breakfast served in the morning. More detailed route map.

Day 4 — Tuesday, March 19
Whitehead Lake to Mack Landing
Another day and night in the Apalachicola National Forest, as we paddle 11 miles to Mack Landing.  Along the way, we will have lunch at Revell Landing after paddling 6.5 miles. After dinner and an evening program, we will rest overnight for the longest leg of the trip.  After having breakfast at Mack Landing we will set out for Tate’s Hell State Forest. More detailed route map.


Day 5 — Wednesday, March 20
Mack Landing to Womack Creek
We paddle 15 miles with a lunch stop at the Log Cabin Campsite in Tate’s Hell State Forest after 9.5 miles.  In the afternoon, we will arrive at Womack Creek, where there is an outstanding facility.  Until we arrive at Womack Creek, this trip is the most primitive of all our Paddle Florida events.  We will again have dinner and an evening program before paddlers retire and ready for the rest of the trip. More detailed route map.

Day 6 — Thursday, March 21
Womack Creek to Ochlockonee River State Park
After breakfast, we will paddle the shortest leg of the trip to Ochlocknee River State Park, seven miles, where we visit the first Florida State Park facility for lunch, dinner and an evening program, before resting overnight in preparation for the last day of the trip. More detailed route map.

Day 7 — Friday, March 22
Ochlockonee River State Park to Bald Point State Park
We have breakfast at Ochlockonee River State Park before we paddle to Bald Point State Park in the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 12 miles.  We will have a barbeque there before paddlers depart for home. After 9 miles, a rest stop will be at the public launch on the south side of the Highway 98 Bridge.   Bald Point State Park will be fitting destination for our inaugural trip on the Ochlockonee. More detailed route map.