Gone, but Not Forgotten:
March 16-22, 2013
Before we left for the Ochlockonee, many of us had consulted the 10-day weather forecast and were pleased to see that there was very little chance of rain and that seasonal temperatures were expected. As life happens, the forecast changed as we started the trip and there were several rain events that gave us practice in setting up and dismantling our camps in wet conditions. It was one of the few times that I have ever worn my rain gear on these trips. Of the ten Paddle Florida trips I have gone on, this is only the second time that rain has been an issue for more than a few hours. Most trips have been blessed with good weather... Read the entire trip report by Mim Duncan.
February 13-18, 2013
Paddlers spent Valentine's Day and Presidents Day weekend paddling from Lake Panasofkee to Bird Creek Park on the Gulf of Mexico, with a side trip/overnight to Rainbow Springs State Park. Read the Trip Report by Doug Alderson.
January 18-21, 2013 (MLK birthday weekend)
Long Key State Park to Bahia Honda State Park
The fortunes of wind, waves, and weather smiled upon Paddle Florida once again during their third annual Florida Keys Challenge, January 18-21... More about this year's trip here...
November 30 – December 3, 2012
Wekiva – St Johns River Ramble
On a crystalline fall day, temperatures rising into the 70s, a Paddle Florida group of fifty began their adventure down a spring-fed, sandy bottom stream.
Read Doug Alderson's vivid trip report about the 30-mile ramble.
October 26-31, 2012 — Fall Paddle Florida on the Suwannee River
Thirty-five paddlers finished a 65-mile journey down the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail on Paddle Florida's first trip of the 2012-13 season. The trip showcased three state parks, two river camps, and one spectacular full moon. Several paddlers jumped at the opportunity to experience an invigorating swim in the many clear blue springs which line the river. Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director Ann Shortelle and springs advocate Annette Long gave informative presentations about the state of the region's watershed. Musicians Tom Shed and Grant Peeples braved chilly temperatures to delight paddlers around the campfire with their unique song stylings. A big thank-you goes to all the paddlers, speakers, musicians, caterers, and park hosts who made the week so enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you on future trips! Go to the link to Don Yackel's comprehensive trip report, including extra photos and video.
March 3-9, 2012 — Dam to the Bay
Six days on north Florida's Ochlockonee River, part of Florida's statewide trail system managed by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails.
Trip report by Doug Alderson.
February 17 - 20, 2012 (Presidents' Day weekend)
A three-day, 42-mile paddle along the Peace River Canoe Trail, part of Florida's statewide trail system managed by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails. Official Outfitter:
O-Sea-D Aquatic Adventures.
January 12-22, 2012
An open water paddle from John Pennekamp State Park to Zachary Taylor State Park. A 10-day, 115-mile journey, following the route of the Henry Flagler's overseas railway and arriving in Key West on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the rail line. Follow this link to a slide show/video of the first day on the water, created by Patti Gross. Trip report by Doug Alderson.
October 13-20, 2011
4th Annual Fall Paddle Florida on the Suwannee. 123 miles of
the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to Manatee Springs State Park.
Details of the 2011 trip Here.
Trip report by Doug Alderson.
March 12-18, 2011
Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River
Winding through north Florida wilderness, the Ochlockonee
offered Paddle Florida adventurers 76 miles of natural beauty. Official Outfitter: The Wilderness Way. Read the trip report by veteran paddler Doug Alderson.
February 18-21, 2011
The Keys Challenge
Official Outfitter: Florida Bay Outfitters
A short stretch of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail – from Curry Hammock State Park to Bahia Honda State Park provided a 30-mile Atlantic Ocean adventure for paddlers over the Presidents Day weekend. Check here for a trip report and see what paddlers have to say on our Facebook page.
December 27-31, 2010
Inaugural St Johns River Ramble
Paddlers braved record cold temperatures and brought back great memories of an unforgettable adventure down the Wekiva and St Johns rivers. Go here for the December 2010 Trip Report and a map of the route.
October 14-21, 2010
3rd Annual Fall Paddle Florida on the Suwannee
123 miles of
the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to Manatee Springs State Park. Go
here for October 2010 river maps and other
details. Oct 2010 Trip Report
March 18-25, 2010
Madison Blue Springs State Park on
the Withlacoochee River
Another great river adventure came to a close in the
final days of March. Here's a short summary of events
during Spring Paddle Florida on the Withlacoochee and
Suwannee rivers. Go
here for March 2010 trip report and river maps.