Crystal River – May 20, 2015

We made a trip down to Crystal River, FL today.  Our primary mission was to see about repairs on a couple of our Swift paddles and elicit some repair advice from Aardvark’s Florida Kayak Company, but we did a little 2-hour paddle in the afternoon after visiting both kayak shops in town.

Starting from Crystal River Kayak Company’s dock ($5 launch fee and they also have rentals) we paddled out to Three Sisters Springs. Three spring vents in a little grotto off a maze of man-made canals lined with houses, the grotto is now part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.   The water is about 25-30 feet deep in these pics.  We saw one manatee cruising the area.

Paddling under the road to get to the springs

Paddling under the road to get to the springs

Floating above Three Sisters Springs

Floating above Three Sisters Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manatee in Three Sisters Springs

Manatee in Three Sisters Springs

Manatee in Three Sisters Springs

Manatee in Three Sisters Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkling in Three Sisters Springs

Snorkling in Three Sisters Springs

Underwater shot of the deepest of the spring vents.

Underwater shot of the deepest of the spring vents.