Update 2021-03-19: All the river camps are closed due to high water for the Spring Equinox weekend, so we are rescheduling the Adams Tract Camping paddle for Saturday and Sunday 10-11 April, 2021.
Update 2021-03-01: Rescheduled to the Spring Equinox, March 20, 2021.
Join us for pre-spring on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in Florida! We will paddle 8 miles on the Suwannee River the first day, and 10 miles on the second day, after camping at Adams Tract River Camp. There are many springs along the way.
We will check temperatures with an infrared thermometer, and everyone will be expected to keep their distance from people not in their party, and to wear masks when closer than six feet. Self shuttle if you can (have a close friend or relative shuttle you), or join the team shuttle from the takeout back to the put-in; see below.
River Camp platforms are available on first-come first-serve basis so, plan for primitive camping.
Gather 9:30 AM, launch 11 AM, end overnight, Saturday, March 6, 2021
Gather 8 AM, launch 9 AM, end 2 PM, Sunday, March 7, 2021
Put In: Hardenbergh Boat Ramp. From Mayo, travel east on US 27 to NE CR 361; turn left; travel north to NE CR 354; cross over to NE Pecan Avenue; turn right on NE River Road and follow to the boat ramp, in Lafayette County.
GPS: 30.0903, -83.111903
Take Out: Ivey Memorial Park Ramp, in Branford on the south side of US 27 at the Bridge in Ivey Memorial Park, in Suwannee County.
Bring: primitive camping gear, 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.
Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members.
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Adams Tract River Camp: River Camp platforms are available on first-come first-serve basis so, plan for primitive camping and bring a tent or hammock and tarp or what you prefer. Be aware river access is by steps, with room only for one boat at a time to stop at the bottom. We do not necessarily endorse the method of river entrance demonstrated by one of the four adventurers on the recent Great Florida Traverse, who paddled all the way down the Suwannee from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf.
Self Shuttle: 16 miles, 19 minutes. Anyone attending the paddle is encouraged to set up their own shuttle for the take out prior to meeting at Hardenbergh Boat Ramp at 9:30 am. We will call this the self shuttle.
Team Shuttle: 16 miles, 19 minutes. Those who were not able to set up a self shuttle prior to 9:30 AM will depart Hardenbergh Boat Ramp at 10 AM joining in a team shuttle. Only the drivers will take their vehicles to the takeout. At the takeout another vehicle will return to the put in with the passengers. We will call this the team shuttle.
This team shuttle will be created on site as we have account of who will need to be shuttled. The vehicles returning to the put in will need to be shuttled back after taking out on the second day.
There will be COVID-19 questions, temperature checks, and mask enforcement, as well as riding one person per window. If available and necessary, also one member may be in the bed of a truck.
Paddle distance: 10 miles
Paddle duration: 5 hours
Host: Bobby McKenzie
Contact: Bobby McKenzie
Backup: in case of high or low water or weather is: Cancel.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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