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Econlockhatchee River

Oviedo, Florida

Econlockhatchee River

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"The Econlockhatchee River, known to locals as the “Econ,” is a jewel in the midst of fast-developing eastern Orange and Seminole Counties. This beautiful stream has mostly escaped the rampant growth that has consumed many of the area’s natural attributes.

The upper river challenges your paddling skills as it winds through the dim light of a mysterious cypress forest. Not far below the CR 419 bridge, the river reacquires a wild aura as it passes through the Little Big Econ State Forest. Things are slow and easy on the lower river as the Econ enters the open expanse of the St. Johns valley. Those with a bent for the supernatural may be interested in the glowing Oviedo Lights. Many people claim to have seen them at night above the water while standing on the CR 419 bridge. This strange luminescent phenomenon has long been part of the local lore of the Econ."

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Pembroke Pines, FL
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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12/26/2008
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
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Key Largo, FL
Pathfinder | 130 pts
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10/15/2008
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!
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Anna Maria, FL
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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3/24/2008
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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Trail Information

Oviedo
Nearby City
15-19 miles
Distance
Easy
Skill Level
I
Class
Deadfalls
Hazards/Cautions
Camping
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Oviedo Southwest, Oviedo, Geneva (USGS)
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