Another trip on the Ocklawaha River yesterday on a quest for hidden springs exposed now by the draw-down on Rodman Reservoir. Only found one, but it was a knockout. Loads of birds – especially Little Blue Heron and Great Blue Heron – and lots of gators.
14.5 paddling miles to do less than 12 river miles. With the water lowered 7-8 feet it’s a maze of floating and rooted vegetation.
We paddled from Eureka West ramp to the temporary ramp at Orange Springs. The ramp at Eureka West is very nice with a circular drive and picnic table in the middle. But the ramp itself is very, very slippery. Be careful getting in and out of your kayak there. The temporary setup at Orange Springs is simply a bull-dozed and compacted peninsula created to provide a boat launch area during the draw-down when the regular ramp in the park is high and dry. We found several places to land at the end of the man-made peninsula, although some areas are muddier than others.