Ichetucknee River – September 14, 2016

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.

The upper Ich is fairly narrow and twisting with overhanging oaks.

The upper Ich is fairly narrow and twisting with overhanging oaks.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) was about the only thing in bloom right now.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) was about the only thing in bloom right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the middle Ich the river widens a bit and there are more cypress trees mixed with the oaks

On the middle Ich the river widens a bit and there are more cypress trees mixed with the oaks.

Crystal clear water on the middle Ich.

Crystal clear water on the middle Ich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Egret (Ardea alba) amid the cypress on the middle Ich.

Great Egret (Ardea alba) amid the cypress on the middle Ich.

We watched a couple of North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) play on the middle Ich.

We watched a couple of North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) play on the middle Ich.