Stage 8 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.
We had a wonderful paddle from Eula Landing to Fanning Springs – a little over 14 miles – poking our noses into a number of springs along the way. At the south end you can use either Fanning Springs State Park or just across the river is the Joe Anderson Public boat ramp. We elected to use Joe Anderson because it offers more parking at the ramp and in the adjacent park. The water level by the White Springs gauge was 52.04 – medium low.
Rain was predicted for the afternoon and a number of people canceled due to the prediction, but all we got was about 15 minutes of light shower at Copper Spring. Not even enough to put on our rain jackets and skirts.
We enjoyed the water, each other’s company and cooling off on a hot August day. We also ran into a delightful older couple in a home-made boat. The “craft” under the umbrellas was a couple in a home-made boat. Two kayaks within a PVC frame powered by a trolling motor. The little tolling motor was pushing them at about our speed so we paddled with them for an hour or so. You can see them in the Hart Springs pictures below sporting beach umbrellas.