April 30, 2011
What were we thinking! Robin from Good Time Kayaking and I needed to go and scout out part of the Suwannee River that we were going to be taking a group of scouts down for their 50 Miler Award in a few weeks. We decided we could easily paddle that in 2 days…..Ha! We had a .9 MPH current and about a 15 knot headwind almot the whole trip….but it was a FABULOUS adventure! We got a bit of a head start leaving out from Suwannee River State Park about 6 pm on Friday and paddled about 2 miles in the fading sun. This twilight period was amazing on the river. There were no other persons out and the sturgeons were jumping in teh still slow moving water.
Soon we found a great place to set up camp, right on a bend in the river and about 15 feet up a sandy bank. The river is super low right now and that gave us many options for camping, I am glad we chose this one. As we sat watching the day pass into evening there we very large sturgeon putting on a show for us. The ancient fish get up to 300 pounds and can jump quite high out of the water. Many boaters are injured by these fish each year from them jumoping into boats! I was so tired after an agressive morning hike and soon was drifting off to sleep under the stars listening to the ancient water giants leaping from the water. Morning greated us with an amazing mist over the river.
Robin and I broke camp and soon were headed out to tackle 32 miles of this mysterious river. It was not long before the day heated up and we were exploring the river camps and springs along the river. There is so much to see on the Suwannee River. One could slowly take in the trip we did in a week and not beable to have enjoyed all it has to offer! The River Camps are perfect, with bathrooms, screed pavilions and picnic areas they are a perfect spot to take a rest. There were many shoals we got to go over (mini rapids) and the springs numerous. Robin had to get out and swim in each one! Water was a bit cool for me, so I took photos.
On our second night we stayed in one ot the river camps, Peacock Slough. After 32 miles we were not awake there long! we made up a quick dinner of spaghetti and soon both of us were sleeping off a hard days paddle. In the morning Robin turned on the marine radio only to findout we had another windy day ahead of us! Again we packed up and got on the water early. The closer we got to Adams Tract the busier the water got. We barely saw a sole up to this point but once we got past Peacock Slough we stared seeing lots of boat traffic. Troy Spring was a hot spot and full of kids and families. Soon ther were water ski boats flying by us as if we were not event there. The loud roar of jet skis filled the air and the smell of gas from the boats floated just above the surface of the water. We were getting tired and just before we arrived at our destination we had already planned for a stop at the closest steakhouse! We were off the river by 3pm and at Logans Steakhouse by 4pm. It is amazing how you need to refuel after a trip like that!
We will be taking 3 more trips on the Suwannee in the next couple months and I can’t wait. If you are interested in checking out this wonderful river, need a referral for a good canoe/kayak outfitter or would like a guided trip please contact us at www.notaclueadventures.com 813-789-0904 We would love to show you all this wonderful river has to offer!
For more photos of this trip visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150276713656982.401566.123289366981
For more information on the river and local attractions visit: http://www.floridastateparks.org/wilderness/