Overnight Camping on the Suwannee River April 2013
We were again excited to host the Beyond BOW Overnight Suwannee River Trip with American Canoe Adventures. We always have such an exciting time getting together with fellow paddlers and taking a trip downriver. This year we blessed with high water and a wonderful current! The water was at about 62 ft and we mainly spent the entire 25 miles just steering.
We started a day early camping in White Springs to not have to make an early morning drive before the trip. Camping along Swift Creek was beautiful and we took the hike up to where Swift Creek met the mighty Suwannee. It was surprisingly chilly that evening so we were up early to enjoy coffee and wait for the other participants to arrive. John and the staff at American Canoe Adventures got us all set with boats, life vests and paddles then we loaded into shuttle and we headed off to 41 bridge where we would put in. Not far past where we put in we stopped at Stephen Foster State Park for a quick snack and to stretch our legs a bit. This is a beautiful park with long shaded walkways perfect for strolling.
The river was beautiful, not another human to be found for miles. We stopped and had lunch riverside, enjoying the bright greens of spring, watching tadpoles and little minnows along the shore. We arrived at Woods Ferry River Camp early in the afternoon, good for us we were the first to arrive because the camp was sold out for the night! We got all settled in and did some sightseeing, fishing and generally just relaxing! Soon the other campers started arriving. We thought that is was too funny that both of the other large groups of all men packed 3x what we did and they were struggling to get all their gear unloaded and up the long steep ramp to the river camp.
We had a wonderful dinner of couscous with fresh chicken, spinach , garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms. For dessert we enjoyed pan baked macadamia nut cookies. We surely do not suffer on these trips. At dark we let the owls and the Chuck-will’s-widow sooth us to sleep with their gentle calls.
We were up before the sun and ready to get on the river before the rest of camp wanted to do the same. After a quick breakfast and coffee we loaded up our boats and were headed out over the mist covered black waters of the river. There were a lot of bird sightings on this part of the trip and we saw some beautiful homes along the shore. We found a perfect place to stop for lunch with a beach and some shade where we relaxed for a bit (we were a bit ahead of schedule with the current moving us along so well). We paddle for another hour or so and came upon the old spring ruins, the water was so high you could not even see the tops of the “windows” we had to climb up to see through our last trip on this river. We chatted with some tourists up on the bridge and quietly paddled along. enjoying the tree swallows under the bridge. They were nesting under all the bridges we passed under and are fun to watch.
Too soon our trip was to come to an end at Suwannee River Music Park. We were all loaded up and heading back to ACA and our normal daily routines. Even more sad because we had found out that our favorite “after paddle” eatery The Telford Inn Bed and Breakfast in White Springs had closed. We said our goodbyes and promised to get together in the fall for another trip – Georgia to Big Shoals.
The adventure continues…..
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