Beautiful paddle yesterday on the Ocklawaha River from the CR 316 West boat ramp to the temporary Orange Springs boat ramp, 13.3 miles as we paddled it.
The day started with lowering clouds, but it burned off before noon and turned into an absolutely gorgeous blue-sky day. We scheduled this paddle for the end of the draw-down on the river. (For non-Floridians: Every 3-4 years the state opens the dam at Rodman Reservoir and lets the water flow out to kill off the vegetation that would otherwise choke the reservoir. The water level drops 6-8 feet during this period.) The water level is back up a foot or two, but still has a month or so to go before it’s back to normal. Orange Springs temp boat launch is still above water, but not for too much longer. We couldn’t get close to Eureka Lock due to the vegetation choke. We had lunch and a swim at beautiful Cannon Spring.