Sixth Annual Fall Paddle Florida on the
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
Oct. 12-17, 2013
Spirit of the Suwannee Music
Park to Branford
Distance: 77 miles
$250/Senior (65+) and College Student
Child (7 and under)/free
Shuttle: Beginning- or end-of-trip shuttle – $25/person $25/boat
Paddle Florida Lite: Four
days or less: $100/day (includes meals) + $50 for end-of-trip shuttle for paddler and boat.
Registration Deadline: October 4, 2013
Official Outfitter: Suwannee Canoe Outpost
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Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Participants in Paddle Florida will arrive
at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
the day before the start for a night of
camping and orientation for the adventure
Paddlers will either drive
straight to the starting point and park their vehicles
there for the week, or take advantage of the River’s
End Shuttle. If you are driving straight
to the starting point you will need to
find a way to get back to the starting
point at the end of the week. A shuttle
at the end of the week will be available
for those who need to get their boats and
gear back to the starting point.
If you would like to have your
car waiting for you when you finish the trip, you may
drive to Branford and park your vehicle there
(a $50 fee –$25/person, $25/boat– is
required for shuttle service). After having
your boats loaded onto our truck, you will
be shuttled to the Spirit of the Suwannee
Music Park to check in.
the music camp cabins and golf carts are
available on-site; call 386.364.1683 for
details and pricing or click on the Suwannee
Music Park logo to jump to the Website.
Day 2, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
to Suwannee River State Park
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The first morning of Paddle Florida will
have us leaving the Spirit of the Suwannee
Music Park. You will notice the distinctive
aspects of the Upper Suwannee; a narrow
riverbed and increasingly steeper limestone
bluffs. After paddling a distance of
7.5 miles, we will stop for lunch at
Holton Creek River Camp, which is part
of a series of hubs, cabins and river
camps that comprise the Suwannee River
Wilderness Trail. All lunch stops will
offer healthy "snack food," various
fruits and drinks (all you care to eat).
Everyone should be fortified for the
rest of this 21-mile day. We may establish a stagger to avoid bottlenecks
at rest stops.
the afternoon, our intrepid paddlers
will arrive at the Suwannee River State
Park for overnight camping. One of Florida’s
most visited parks, it sits at the confluence
of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers.
On the way, if you are lucky, you will
be treated to springs visible at the
bottom of the limestone cliffs, as well
as a wide variety of wildlife native
to the Upper Suwannee River.
Suwannee River State Park to Dowling Park River Camp
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Paddlers should remember
that the Suwannee River Valley at this
time of year can be cold, at least
by Florida standards. Temperatures
can range from 60-80 degrees during
the day, and 35-55 degrees at night.
When we depart the Suwannee River State
Park this morning, we will
embark on a short day:
14 miles to Dowling River Camp. The fire each night will provide
light, heat, ambiance, trash disposal
and olfactory delight. Be sure to bring
cameras in order to capture and preserve
some great moments. And remember to
take nothing but pictures and leave
nothing but footprints. Activities
will be planned for each night.
Dowling Park River Camp
to Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
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Eleven miles farther down river, our overnight stop will again be hosted by the Florida Park Service. We'll once again skip the lunch stop and disembark at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park where lunch snack food will be on hand when paddlers arrive. Dinner this evening, and each evening will be served at 6:00pm. The campfire each night will provide light, heat, ambiance, trash disposal and olfactory delight. Be sure to bring your camera to capture and preserve some great moments. And remember to take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Activities will be planned for each night.
Lafayette Blue Springs to Adams Tract River Camp
We will spend the night at the river camp
after a 18-mile paddle on day five. Rest stop is at Peacock Slough River Camp. Each of the river camps along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail features 5 screened sleeping platforms with electricity and ceiling fans, restrooms and showers and primitive camping sites for tents. Each sleeping platform accommodates 6-8 people.
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On this day you will see the river
begin to widen a bit as we make our
way down this world-class waterway.
Depending on the river level, you may also be treated to a few areas
of "fast water" and several
Day 6, Adams Tract River Camp to Ivey Memorial Park
13-mile day. On the way we'll take a rest stop at
Little River Springs, currently a Suwannee
County Park, but soon to be an additional
property of the Florida Park Service.
This site is popular with cave and
cavern divers. The spring is
the entrance to a cave system more
than 1,200 feet long and 100 feet deep.
After visiting this picturesque location,
the final five miles will be a breeze.
On the way, we will also pass Royal
Spring, Troy Springs and Ruth Springs,
before we end with a barbeque at the Shrine Club
in Branford, Florida.
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