Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ichetucknee River – April 11, 2015

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.

Only one 'under" or "around" on the Ich right now

Only one ‘under” or “around” on the Ich right now

Coasting down the Ich under the Spanish Moss

Coasting down the Ich under the Spanish Moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checking out Devils Eye Spring - usually turtles, gar and occasionally a gator

Checking out Devils Eye Spring – usually turtles, gar and occasionally a gator

Strap-leaf Sagittaria (Sagittaria kurziana)

Strap-leaf Sagittaria (Sagittaria kurziana) The flower floats on top of the water, the rest of the plant is underneath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A turtle convention. You see loads of Cooters (Pseudemys spp) along the Ich. The water is cold - around 72 degrees - so the turtles need to get out onto the logs to warm up

A turtle convention. You see loads of Cooters along the Ich. The water is cold – 72 degrees – so the turtles need to get onto the logs to warm up

A "cover" of American Coots (Fulica americana)

A “cover” of American Coots (Fulica americana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unidentified insect - on top of the floating plants. There were so many the plants seemed to be moving and you could actually hear them hopping around.

Unidentified insect – on top of the floating plants. There were so many the plants seemed to be moving and you could actually hear them hopping around.

Close up of Virginia-willow (Itea virginica) also called Sweetspire

Close up of Virginia-willow (Itea virginica) also called Sweetspire