A very enjoyable little paddle today on the Ichetucknee (Itch-a-TUCK-nee). Probably the best 3.2 miles of paddling in the state – the only thing wrong with it is that it’s just too darn short. You can continue on down the river below the state park (and sometimes we do), but it’s another 7 miles before you reach a public boat ramp. Note that between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend the whole river within the state park is open for tubing and they run a shuttle bus for the tubers. We do not recommend boating on the Ich during this period since the river can be filled wall-to-wall with inner tubes.
It was too shady today along the river for the spring wildflowers that are popping up everywhere in the sun, but we saw a few birds, aquatic plants and lots of turtles. Mostly we just coasted and enjoyed being out on the water together again.