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Ocklawaha River – December 30, 2015

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.

Lunch break at Cannon Spring

Lunch break at Cannon Spring

Cannon spring showing strong flow

Cannon spring showing strong flow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannon Spring

Cannon Spring

Cannon spring with fishies

Cannon Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little gator - about 4 feet

A little gator – about 4 feet

A medium sized gator - about 6 feet

A medium sized gator – about 6 feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)