Wonderful trip today as a guest of the Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. We paddled the Steinhatchee River from Steinhatchee Falls down to the city boat ramp. The first 6+ miles heading south is a narrow, winding stream with a few pretty little drainage creeks. Then the river turns east towards the Gulf and becomes wider and deep enough for ocean-going boats. Of course, the wind picked up just at that point so the last 2 miles was a fun but hard slog against the wind and the chop. But my little Dulcinea (Eddyline Skylark) handled the waves very well and I got a bunch of pelican pics so it was well worth the effort. We topped it all off with a nice shrimp dinner in Steinhatchee. Thanks, Suwannee Chapter for the invitation. It was really good to spend the day with some of my old FTA friends.
Upper Steinhatchee River – narrow, twisting and tree-lined.
Upper Steinhatchee River, just below the falls. The water was high today plus high tide, so the “Falls” were mostly under water.
Once you turn the corner you are headed into the port of Steinhatchee with lots of big pleasure and working boats.
One of the pretty little feeder streams.
Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) and Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) sheltering on the docks.
Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) hoping for a fishy handout in the port.
Stage 2 of the Suwannee Quest – the YakPak’s attempt to lead the Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association in paddling all 206 miles of the Suwannee River in Florida – one piece at a time.
A great paddle on the Suwannee River from CR 6 to Cone Bridge Rd – about 9.5 miles. Rather chilly with highs in the upper 50s, but bright blue skies and white sand bluffs. The river was 6-7 feet higher at the White Springs gauge than our first trip last month so it looked like a totally different river today. Still lots of tupelo and cypress trees. We also saw a big nutria swimming upstream and a very large otter on the bank. The road off CR 6 to Cypress Landing was even worse than last month, barely negotiable, but Cone Bridge Rd was in good shape. The water level by the White Springs gauge was 58.26 – high normal
White sand banks and tupelo trees along the upper Suwannee.
Low rock ledges along the upper Suwannee.
Floating down the upper Suwannee on one of the straighter sections.
The limestone ledges here are still pretty low. After a rain they are beautiful with seepage drips.