Suwannee Quest 5 – May 21-22, 2016

Stage 5 of the Suwannee Quest – the YakPak’s attempt to lead the Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association in paddling all 206 miles of the Suwannee River in Florida – one piece at a time.  Again with overnight camping.

A nice, relaxing kayak tour.  A few old friends were along for the trip and by the end we had all made some new friends. We paddled from Spirit of the Suwannee Campground to Suwannee River State Park, staying overnight at Holton Creek River Camp. This section is characterized by white sandy banks, moderate limestone bluffs, cypress & pine trees, and a few nice little water falls and spring creeks.  The water level by the White Springs gauge was 51.73 – medium low.

We had 5 people tenting, 3 of us stayed in a “ladies cabin” and one guy plus a lot of the tenters’ gear in another cabin which we promptly dubbed the “Man Cave”.  We even had pizza and a watermelon delivered to the camp by the wife of one of the participants.  The watermelon made a great treat as our Sunday lunch dessert.

Typical scenery along the upper Suwannee. High water-eroded limestone bluffs with cypress, oaks and pine trees.

Typical scenery along the upper Suwannee. High water-eroded limestone bluffs with cypress, oaks and pine trees.

Our home for the night at Holton Creek River Camp. Screened platforms, potable water, picnic pavilion, flush toilets and hot showers. Luxury camping for this old backpacker!

Our home for the night at Holton Creek River Camp. Screened platforms, potable water, picnic pavilion, flush toilets and hot showers. Luxury camping for this old backpacker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset cloud reflection over our kayaks at Holton Creek River Camp.

Sunset cloud reflection over our kayaks at Holton Creek River Camp.

Waterfall on Mill Creek where we stopped for lunch.

Waterfall on Mill Creek where we stopped for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch break on a sand bank near Mill Creek.

Lunch break on a sand bank near Mill Creek.

Trying to paddle up Mitchell Creek. None of us made it more than about 100 feet. Current too strong and water too shallow to really stick a paddle. But it was sure fun being pushed back out!

Trying to paddle up Mitchell Creek. None of us made it more than about 100 feet. Current too strong and water too shallow to really stick a paddle. But it was sure fun being pushed back out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junction of Alapaha and Suwannee rivers. Beautiful white beaches for camping and breaks.

Junction of Alapaha and Suwannee rivers. Beautiful white beaches for camping and breaks.

Negotiating one of the many Suwannee bends.

Negotiating one of the many Suwannee bends.