Suwannee River – May 27, 2015

We paddled today on the Suwannee River between Fanning Springs and Manatee Springs. The sturgeon were really jumping!  One started to come up right in front of a kayak, but then apparently changed its mind.

We have seen this happen several times.  They roll to the surface, eye us, then go back underwater.  So it appears maybe the sturgeon do look before they leap.  Of course, they can’t see a motor boat coming towards them at 25 mph, which may explain why it is power boaters who occasionally get hit by the sturgeon, sometimes suffering major injury.

Not too many power boats out today (this section is only 25-30 miles upstream from the Gulf, so ocean-going boats can come up this far) but we saw several other kayaks going up or down stream. Finished up with a nice swim and excellent BBQ ribs at Manatee Springs State Park.

Fanning Springs - up until the 1990's a first magnitude spring, now second magnitude producing 60-65 million gallons daily.

Fanning Springs – up until the 1990’s a first magnitude spring, now second magnitude producing 60-65 million gallons daily.

Cypress trees with Spanish moss along the Suwannee

Cypress trees with Spanish moss along the Suwannee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Suwannee passing New Clay Landing - nice boat launches, both powered ramp and hand launch, picnic pavilions, swimming spots and rope swing - all for free.

On the Suwannee passing New Clay Landing – nice boat launches, both powered ramp and hand launch, picnic pavilions, swimming spots and rope swing – all for free.

Manatee Springs - 1st magnitude spring pumping 100 million gallons into the Suwannee each day.

Manatee Springs – 1st magnitude spring pumping about 100 million gallons into the Suwannee each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkling at Manatee Springs

Snorkling at Manatee Springs

Underwater shot at Manatee Springs

Underwater shot at Manatee Springs