Stage 4 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. This time an overnight camping trip.
We put in at US 41 in White Springs and took out at Spirit of the Suwannee campground, spending the night at Woods Ferry River Camp. We used American Canoe Adventures for our shuttle since you can’t leave cars overnight at Suwannee Wayside and they did their usual great job. Check them out at www.ACA1.com
For most of the people on the trip it was their first overnight in their kayaks and we had a great time while learning a lot of new skills. The River Camps on the Suwannee are for the exclusive use of people who either boat or hike in and if you are a backpacker the accommodations are luxurious — potable water, flush toilets, hot showers, covered cooking pavilion with picnic tables, and little screened platforms for sleeping away from the bugs. Also lots of tent space if you prefer.
The weather was perfect – no rain, warm weather and a nice breeze. The water level by the White Springs gauge was 56.98 – medium normal. The views along the river were stunning – porous limestone rock formations, spring wildflowers, and white sandy banks for rest breaks interspersed by some very interesting private homes. Another weekend in paradise!