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Steinhatchee River – February 16, 2016

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 – 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.

Upper Steinhatchee River, just below the falls. The water was high today plus high tide, so the “Falls” were mostly under water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big boats in the port of Steinhatchee.

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.

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) and Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) sheltering on the docks.

Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) hoping for a fishy handout in the port.

Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) hoping for a fishy handout in the port.