On Nov. 8-15, Florida’s premier canoe and kayak camping adventure will be held again on the Suwannee River and will feature a seven-day, 93-mile trip, starting at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center in White Springs and ending up in Branford.
Along the way, an expected turnout of as many as 200 paddlers will have a chance to experience Florida’s only Class 3 whitewater rapids at Big Shoals State Park, just above White Springs, and enjoy the wildlife and scenery of some of the Suwannee River’s most pristine and picturesque section. The paddlers will average 13 miles per day and camp on the banks of Florida’s beautiful Suwannee River.
Paddle Florida II comes on the heels of a highly-successful inaugural event this past March, when around 160 participants canoed and kayaked 123 miles in seven days, starting at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and ending up at Manatee Springs State Park. The March event attracted enthusiasts from 16 different states and several journalists who chronicled the experience and the spectacular beauty.
Registration for the event is $250 for adults, $225 for senior citizens and students and $200 for children ages 8-17. A full meal plan is also available for participants. A four-day “Paddle Florida Lite” version of the trip on the Suwannee River is also available.
Paddle Florida is held in cooperation with the Florida Park Service and the Suwannee River Water Management District. These two organizations, through partnership with both the public and private sectors, have created the 171-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. The Trail is a series of cabins, river camps and private hubs that, taken together, make the Suwannee River accessible to hikers, bikers, equestrian enthusiasts and other groups.
Additional information on Paddle Florida can be obtained by visiting www.paddleflorida.org for registration and journey details.