Florida Paddle Notes

Dunns Creek

Dunns CreekDunns Creek is rather wide for a creek, ranging from 275′ – 500′. The easterly side of the creek is populated for almost the last 1/2 of the distance, while the westerly side includes sandhills and wetlands. Among several protected species are the Gopher TortoiseGopherus Polyphemus and Fox SquirrelSciurus niger. During the last century, the area was used for turpentine logging, cattle ranching, and farming. The numerous shell mounds show evidence the area was inhabited by Native Americans…James

The Waccasassa/Wekiva Rivers

Low Tide WaccasassaThe Waccasassa River is a small, isolated river East of Gulf Hammock on HWY 326, Levy County. The entire river is 29 miles long, however, only a few miles are navigable. The Waccasassa is one of the most undeveloped rivers in Florida. Originating west of Bronson from diffuse swamp waters of southern Waccasassa Flats, and beginning a defined channel after receiving flow from Blue Spring…James

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.




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 ~ 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

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Most recent paddles listed below…

Santa Fe Canal

Santa Fe Canal EntranceThe Santa Fe Canal in Alachua County, connects Lake Alto, East of Waldo with Little Lake Santa Fe, north of Earlton. Both lakes comprise the headwaters for the Santa Fe River. Due to a lack of decent roads after the Civil War, the canal was dug to connect Waldo with Melrose…James

Mud Spring – July 2016

Mud SpringsMud Spring is a 4th magnitude spring, surrounded by the palms and palmettos of the Welaka State Forest. The boil is in the center of an oval-shaped pool roughly 85′ x 65′. An average depth of the spring is about 4′ deep. It is the head of Mud Creek which flows southeast for just under a half-mile into Mud Creek Cove, part of Little Lake George which is part of the St Johns River….James

Santa Fe River – US Hwy 27 to Rum Island

Santa Fe RiverA 26 mile Designated Paddling Trail runs from High Springs to Branford at the Suwannee River. The upper portion of this stretch has an abundance of popular springs and after the Ichetucknee River flows into the Santa Fe the river widens. In this section, there is more development and there are numerous powerboats as it flows into the Suwannee River…James