Peace River Zolfo Springs to Gardner

Zolfo Springs, Florida 33890

Peace River Zolfo Springs to Gardner

Peace River: Zolfo Springs to Gardner Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Peace River winds through palms and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, over rough limestone bedrock shallows and dark-stained gravel beds, passing groves of citrus trees bedded in poison ivy and sharp palmetto. You are as likely to see a river otter as an alligator.

Kingfishers and anhingas feast on the fish that spawn in the sandy shallows.The river lends itself to drifting, yet the distance between put-in and takeout necessitates some steady paddling if a one-way journey is to be made. The alternative
is to head upstream, search for fossils, and then allow the current to float you back to your put-in point. A shallow river level is best for fossil hunting, yet this will be harsh
on a composite hull. For faster downstream cruising, choose higher water levels."

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Trail Information

Zolfo Springs
Nearby City
Skill Level
Full day
Class I
Tides do not affect this part of the river, but water levels can vary. Low level is best for finding fossils; higher levels are better for fast cruising with maximum assistance from the current.
Tidal Information
At low water levels, the bedrock ledges and gravel banks can damage your hull. Beware of poison ivy on the banks.
Allow plenty of time for a transport shuttle. This is a trip that is easiest either with two vehicles, or with a non-paddling driver to handle drop-off and pickup. Allow a full, long day; it is easy to get absorbed in fossil hunting at your takeout. A shuttle service is available through the Canoe Outpost, (800) 268-0083
Local Contacts
Topo map, USGS 1:24,000, “Zolfo Springs” and “Gardner”
Local Maps

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Dec 2018