Stage 9 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.
A pleasant trip on the Suwannee River under blue skies and fluffy clouds. We paddled from Fanning Springs to Manatee Springs. Other than the two springs at the beginning and end there are no other springs to explore on this section of the river, but a couple of nice beach areas for picnic and leg-stretch breaks to swim and cool off. Great weather, wonderful companions, cool water, a few leaping sturgeons, and not many power boats. What more could a kayaker ask for? The water level by the White Springs gauge was 50.87 – medium low.
New and old kayaking friends setting off under blue skies near Fanning Springs.
A kaleidoscope of colorful kayaks under fluffy clouds.
Lunch break at Andrews WMA dock.
Silhouette of Great Egret against the blue sky near Manatee Springs
Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata L.) near Andrews WMA
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) with Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes).
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.
Setting off from Eula Landing,
Paddling up Hart Springs run in the company of a home-made boat.
Iron Springs. We didn’t swim here, but you can see why it’s called “Iron” springs. The spring run was good for cooling off, though.
Little Otter Spring.
Kayak shadow on the sand bottom of Little Otter Spring.
Cooling off in Little Otter Spring.
Entrance to Copper Spring in a light rain.
Copper Spring outflow. The actual spring vent is underground and on private property.
Underwater shot of fish in rocky vent at Bell Spring.
Nice paddle today on the Suwannee to celebrate the Yak Pak birthday. We paddled from Fanning Springs SP to Manatee Springs SP.
The first 7 miles were great with 2 beach stops to cool off. The last 2-3 miles were strenuous due to a headwind from a thunderstorm whipping up white caps on the river. The thunderstorm passed us by, but we really got a work out!
Not too much in the way of wildlife except a few Little Blue Herons, Ibis, Great Egrets, and Cattle Egrets. And sturgeon jumping, of course. You can see sturgeons jump anywhere on the Suwanne, but this streach between Fanning and Manatee springs generally has the most for some reason.
After the paddle we celebrated with BBQ from the Manatee Springs SP concession and deserts we brought from home. Great birthday party! Not too many pics today – I was playing with learning how to use the video function on my little point-and-shoot.
Paddling up the Fanning Springs run
Fanning Springs was really hopping on a hot summer day.
Break time on a sweet little beach at Andrews WMA.
Little Blue Heron. Still with just a touch of his immature feathers