Update 2020-01-05 TV coverage.
Different entrance (South), different landing (Dampier’s)!
We’re going to paddle upstream and back, on this first paddle of 2021, all on the Ichetucknee River, within the Park. This is because we’re not doing a shuttle due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic spike, We will be checking temperatures with an infrared thermometer. If you feel at all sick with anything, please stay home. Wear masks on land (we will have extras) and keep your distance.
When: Gather 10:00 AM, Launch 10:30 AM, End 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 2, 2021
Put In: Dampier’s Landing, About a 10 minute walk from parking lot at South Entrance, 11627 SW Us Highway 27, Fort White, Florida 32071, in Columbia County.
GPS of South Entrance to Ichetucknee Springs S.P.: 29.9519915, -82.7753791
Bring boat wheels: otherwise that’s a long carry for a boat from parking to the landing.
It’s only two miles up to the top spring.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park tells us no Ichy Nippy Dip Day for 2021,
also due to the virus pandemic.
However, anybody who paddles all the way up can dip in the spring.
There will be current, but nobody has to paddle up any farther than they want to. There’s a good rest stop at Midpoint Landing, less than a mile up.
If you feel adventurous, you could paddle a mile farther downstrearm, all the way to the last takeout, South Landing. But if you do that, you need to get back more than half a mile by foot to your car. You’ll really need your boat wheels.
Bring: boat wheels and warm clothes! And 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.
Duration: 5 hours
Shuttle distance: None.
Shuttle duration: None.
Paddle distance: 4 miles round trip up and back
Paddle duration: 4 hours
Host: Bobby McKenzie
Contact: Bobby McKenzie
Backup: in case of high or low water is: Cancel.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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