Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers – September 19, 2015

Wonderful paddle on the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers today.  A nice group of 12 kayaks on our trip.  The weather and water were perfect for this late summer day.

We put in at the north entrance of Ichetucknee Springs State Park and took out at Guy Lemmons Park boat ramp at US 129 with a lunch break at the south take-out within the state park.  The first 5-6 miles on the Ichetucknee River features a swift current and crystal-clear water.  Once you turn onto the Santa Fe the river is wider and more tannic.

Ghosting down the Ich in the early morning sun.

Ghosting down the narrow Ichetucknee in the early morning sun.

The Santa Fe is wider, browner and hosts more power boats, so we stick to the sides.

The Santa Fe is wider, browner and hosts more power boats, so we stick to the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) are in bloom, attracting butterflies.

The Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) are in bloom, attracting butterflies.

Water-eroded caves in the limestone blades.

Water-eroded caves in the limestone blades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Egret on the Ichetucknee

Great Egret on the Ichetucknee

Beautiful Cooter sunning on a log.

Beautiful Cooter sunning on a log.