Florida Paddle Notes Waterways

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…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 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.

RIVERS ~ CREEKS & SPRING RUNS ~ LAKES ~ PRAIRIES & WETLANDS ~ CANALS ~ FLORIDA GULF & OTHER OPEN WATERS

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Rivers

Alafia River ~ Chassahowitzka River ~ Crystal River – Kings Bay ~ Hontoon 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 ~ Mud Spring ~ Olustee Creek ~ Otter Creek ~ Pellicer/Styles Creek ~ Prairie Creek ~ Rock Springs Run ~ Salt Springs Run ~ Sweetwater Creek


Lakes

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


Swamps, Prairies and Wetlands

Okefenokee Swamp ~ Paynes Prairie ~ Smokehouse Prairie


Canals

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

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Interactive Florida Paddle Trails Map

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

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Most recent paddles 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

Alexander Spring Creek 2020

Paddling Alexander Spring CreekFlorida Paddles Notes is back on Alexander Spring Creek for another relaxing, scenic, paddle to one of Florida’s premier springs…Alexnder Springs. This paddle offers up a variety of blooming shrubs, vines, and aquatic plants, as well as offering plenty of wildlife to include turtles, gators, otters, and an assortment of water birds along the way.

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

Upper Santa Fe River & Sink

Paddling the Santa Fe River at OlenoThis week, we decided to paddle downstream from our launch at Bible Camp Road and head toward the Santa Fe Sink, located at O’Leno State Park. The sink is where the Santa Fe River goes underground for just over three miles before emerging at River Rise. Access to the sink is blocked at the park, a half-mile upstream, however, the two-mile paddle to the park and back was quite an adventure!…James

Upper Santa Fe River – Olustee Creek

Upper Santa Fe RiverThe last time I paddled the Upper Santa Fe River and Olustee Creek was back in February ( You can read about that paddle here ). The trees were still bare but it was a great first visit to this section of the river. Today Florida Paddle Notes revisited the same route on what started out a beautiful sunny summer day and finished with a typical Florida thunderstorm. A very enjoyable paddle! …James

Juniper Creek – Lower

Approaching Lake GeorgeJuniper Creek, the 7-mile paddle from Juniper Springs Recreation Area to Juniper Wayside ( Hwy 19 ) is always a treat and considered one of the top 25 waterways to paddle in America. That is only a part of this 10-mile creek’s story. Much less talked about, is the second half of Juniper Creek that continues on, past Juniper Wayside and flows another 3 miles to Lake George!…James

Black Creek – North Fork

North Fork Black CreekNorth Fork Black Creek originates as an outflow from Kingsley Lake and flows north and then east through Camp Blanding and Jennings State Forest, meeting South Fork in Middleburg, Florida. North Fork Black Creek has Yellow Water Creek and Big Branch as its main tributaries. The confluence of North Fork Black Creek and South Fork Black Creek 1.25 miles east of Middleburg form the main channel of Black Creek.