Redo: Ichetucknee and Sante Fe River Paddle 2020-01-20

Leisurely paddle on the newest river additions to WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper, round 2. It was such a great time, we had to do it again, on the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers. We will also paddle past the notorious Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.

When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10:30 AM, Saturday, January 4, 2020

Put In: Ichetucknee S.P. North Entrance, 8294 SW Elim Church Rd, Fort White, FL 32038.

GPS: 29.9859, -82.7602

Take Out: Hwy 129 Boat Ramp, William Guy Lemmons Memorial Park Ramp @ 296th St. Ramp, From Branford, travel east on US 27; turn right on US 129; travel south to 296th Street; turn right and William Guy Lemons Memorial Park is on the left, in Suwannee County. 29.912717, -82.860514

Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.

NOTE: The Ichetucknee is a non-disposable river; do not have any food or drinks in disposable packaging. All liquids and foods should be in reusable type containers. This helps keep litter out of our rivers.

Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!

Fee: There is a $5.00 park fee.

Event: facebook, meetup

[Boards and boats]
Photo: John S. Quarterman, Boards and boats, 2020-01-04.

Duration: 7 hours

Shuttle distance: 20 miles round trip

Shuttle duration: 30 min round trip
This outing includes the traditional WWALS shuttle. Everybody takes their boats to the put-in, most people drive to the take-out, and the drivers pile into one or two vehicles and go back to the put-in.

Ichetucknee Confluence with Santa Fe River.
Photo: Beth Gammie for WWALS, Southwings Flight, November 23, 2016.

Paddle distance: 12 miles

Paddle duration: 5.5 hrs

[w. to US 129 bridge, Santa Fe River, 29.910249, -82.852066]
w. to US 129 bridge, Santa Fe River, 29.9102490, -82.8520660
Photo: Beth Gammie for WWALS, Southwings Flight, November 23, 2016.

Host: Shirley Kokidko

Contact: Shirley Kokidko

Photo: John S. Quarterman, 2020-01-04, Next: Bobby McKenzie on the left, who led the previous outing on this route, and Shirley Kokidko, expedition leader this time.

Backup: in case of high or low water is: Put in at Ichetucknee S.P South Entrance at 10:00, paddle upstream to headwaters. Stretch your legs, hike to the Blue Hole before paddling back down to the South Entrance. NOTE: There is a food truck at the headwater area.

More: For more WWALS outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS calendar or the WWALS outings and events web page. WWALS members also get an upcoming list in the Tannin Times newsletter.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

2 thoughts on “Redo: Ichetucknee and Sante Fe River Paddle 2020-01-20

  1. John Mowrey

    I am interested in joining you on Monday, Jan 20th for the Redo: Ichetucknee and Sante Fe River Paddle 2020-01-20. I would need to see if I can use a Kayak. I have all other kayak or padding gear. Please let me know if this is possible and what other information you would need.

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