It’s after Labor Day so the north 1/2 of the river is closed again to tubers and we can again add the Ichetucknee (Itch-a-TUCK-nee) to our kayaking list. New this year the state park is running a shuttle from the south take/out to mid/point for the tubers on the weekends only. So your best chance of seeing any wildlife is during the week.
Despite overcast skies that scared off a few people, we led a lovely paddle for the Florida Trail Association on the Ich. We even saw the sun from time to time! We paddled from the north boat ramp just outside the head spring to the south take-out, the last exit within the state park. It’s only a little over 3 miles, but is such a lovely paddle we like to do it 3-4 times per year.
Good company, loads of cooters, a few herons, egrets and ibis, crystal clear water, and a couple of playful otters. Just another day in the paradise that is north Florida.