Florida Paddle Notes

Florida Paddle Notes Waterways

The Waterways…

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These are my posts documenting the many paddles on our beautiful Florida waterways. I try to provide enough information, along with photos and resources, to help make planning your next trip a little easier and more exciting. I hope you find Florida Paddle Notes interesting and useful. Enjoy and please feel free to comment…See you on the water! – James

Below is a list of waterways we have paddled, followed by an interactive map to those locations with a link to the detailed information.




Alafia River ~ Chassahowitzka River ~ Crystal River – Kings Bay ~ Homosassa RiverHontoon Dead River ~ Ichetucknee River ~ Little Manatee River ~ Ocklawaha River ~ Outlet River ~ Rainbow River ~ Santa Fe River ~ Silver River ~ St. Mary’s River ~ Suwannee River ~ Tomoka River ~ Waccasassa River ~ Weeki Wachee River ~ Wekiva River ~ Wekiva River (Lower) ~ Withlacoochee River (N) ~ Withlacoochee River (S)


Creeks and Spring Runs

Alexander Spring Creek ~ Alligator Creek ~ Bear Creek ~ Black Creek – North ForkBulow Creek North ~ Cannon Springs ~ Crawford Creek ~ Cross Creek ~ Deep Creek ~ Dunns Creek ~ Durbin Creek ~ Gilchrist Blue Spring Run ~ Gissy Spring ~ Gum Slough ~ Haw Creek ~ Juniper Creek Upper ~ Juniper Creek Lower ~ Manatee Springs ~ Mud Spring ~ Olustee Creek ~ Otter Creek ~ Pellicer/Styles Creek ~ Prairie Creek ~ Rock Springs Run ~ Salt Springs Run ~ Sweetwater Creek



Floral City Lake – Tsala Apopka ~ Halfmoon Lake ~ Lake Disston ~ Santa Fe Lake ~ Black Lake


Swamps, Prairies, and Wetlands

Okefenokee Swamp ~ Paynes Prairie ~ Smokehouse Prairie



Buckman Lock ~ Dora Canal ~ Santa Fe Canal


Florida Gulf and Other Open Waters

Cedar Keys – Atsena Otie Key ~ Cedar Keys – Scale Key ~ Cockroach Bay ~ Cumberland Island South ~ Fort De Soto – Mullet Key Bayou



Interactive Florida Paddle Trails Map

Each location marker has a link to the detailed post for that waterway…

Open a larger map in your browser…


Most recent paddles are listed below…

Okefenokee Swamp – Minnie’s Lake

Okefenokee GatorEver since my first trip into the Okefenokee Swamp, I was destined to return. Back in March of 2019, it was sunny, breezy, and in the upper 70s, and today’s paddle in mid-November offered the same weather. This is such an awesome paddle into the ‘wilds’ of the swamp and offers quite a glimpse of numerous gators. The last trip I paddled to Billy’s Island and today’s paddle, to Minnie’s Lake, will be a first…James

Withlacoochee River (S) Hwy 200 to Hwy 41

Paddling in Fall - WithlacoocheeWe could not pass up the predicted excellent weather and so ventured out on a 12-mile section of the Withlacoochee River (S), launching just north of Hwy 40 at Spruce Public Boat Launch and paddling to Dunnellon to enjoy our reward at The Blue Gator Tiki Bar and Restaurant. Along this Florida Paddle Trail, we enjoyed temperatures in the 70s, sunny skies, an awesome breeze at our back, and a swift current! Couldn’t have been better…James

Durbin Creek – Bartram Canoe Trail

Durbin Creek ReflectionsAnother first for Florida Paddle Notes, Durbin Creek. In an effort to fill in some paddling voids in this northeast section of Florida, and with some suggestions from fellow paddlers, we headed up on this perfect Fall morning and were not disappointed! Due to time restraints, as well as having only one vehicle, we chose to paddle downstream three and a half miles and return for a 7-mile paddle. Going further leads to the numerous houses, a much wider and open creek as well as boat traffic. This was perfect! …James

The Ocklawaha River – Ray Wayside to Gore’s Landing 2020

Paddling the Ocklawaha RiverThe Ocklawaha River is the principal tributary of the St. Johns River. Its main source is Lake Griffin, part of the Harris chain of lakes in Lake County, Florida. The Ocklawaha River watershed includes parts of the Green Swamp, most of Lake County, and portions of Marion, Alachua, and Putnam counties. The key tributary to the Ocklawaha is the Silver River, which originates in Silver Springs, Fl…James