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Canoeing & Kayaking Florida
by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2017 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
We put our canoe in at the campground and we loved it! We live in South Florida and we didnt want to see any more cars and people. This is old time Florida, folks
BEST river in S. Fla. No doubt. Wilder than the Lox, makes the Peace look like a roadside ditch. Very natural creek, if you don't like gators, think twice (never had a problem, see 100's) Done this about a dozen times now. Cheap, easy, even better if you camp, though you see some of the best parts on the day trip. Currently hoping to explore the lower section more, tricky cause they say it doesn't go through anymore from US27 to the lake. Swift stream by FL standards when the water's up, I like it best when it's barely do-able, 2.4 on the US27 gage. There's more to see then, better camping, but there are short easy portages then. and no boats. They make you sign a 'no whining' form at times of low water! I use a canoe and sea kayaks here, not too sure I'd use a sit-on-top account of the wildness and the gators. Great fishing.
Like Earthlady said, this is Real Florida, Folks!
The water was very low, so we put in as close to Lake Okeechobee as possible off of Rte 78 where there was a very nice ramp to put into the river. We paddled upstream a way, and then down toward the lake. Upstream was a series of sugar cane fields (burning at the time and quite a spectacular site). Down stream the river turned into so uniform a width and fairly straight that we thought we had erred and gotten on a canal! It had lots of nice alligators and birds. Since it didn't have lots of wading area, there are better places to bird, and the distance to the lake was so long, due to the drought, we finally just turned around, but it does make for a nice paddle.
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