Santa Fe River – May 17, 2017

Just a short trip on the Santa Fe River this Wednesday.  Partly to check out the water level for a large newbie trip in June and partly just to escape the heat and humidity now in north Florida.  We left a car down at Rum Island county Park and put in at the US 27 boat ramp.

The water level right now is REALLY low although the shoals both above and below Poe Springs are runnable on river right if you pick your line carefully.

Tripping down the Santa Fe at low water

Tripping down the Santa Fe at low water

We swam at Poe Springs to cool off altho we had to walk in rather than paddle in due to exposed rocks. We had the park all to ourselves for the 1/2 hour we were there.

Looking upstream on the Poe Spring run from the Santa Fe

Looking upstream on the Poe Spring run from the Santa Fe

Looking downstream on the Poe Spring run from the top of the spring

Looking downstream on the Poe Spring run from the top of the spring

We walked into Lily Springs, too, because the spring run was too shallow to get our paddles deep enough into the water to get up against the current. The springs are full of algae and it looks really empty without Naked Ed in residence.

Lily Springs sure looks abandoned without Naked Ed in residence.

Lily Springs sure looks abandoned without Naked Ed in residence.

Lily Springs filled with algae. Water level at the top is just barely covering the first spring vent.

Lily Springs filled with algae. Water level at the top is just barely covering the first spring vent.

Jonathan Spring was flowing and pretty, although the rocks at the entrance were all exposed and had been moved apart to allow the run to flow through them.  Rum Island Spring was low, but is still a great swimming hole.