Last week we paddled the Ocklawaha River near Fort McCoy, Florida. Because of the three hour drive to get to our launch site at Gore’s Landing ( 13750 NE 98th St. Fort McCoy, Fl), We decided to go up the evening before and camp, that way we could see the river as it transitioned from dark to light and maybe get the opportunity to see some of Florida’s nocturnal wildlife before it retired for the day. It was also a great opportunity to field test some new gear.
We arrived around 5:30 in the late afternoon, quickly set up camp next to the launch then went out on the river, paddling upstream as the sun began to set.
Paddling up river late evening.
We came back to the campsite, cooked dinner which was a delicious dutch oven jambalaya, (If you would like the recipe, send me an email) then planned out the next days expedition.
The next morning at daybreak, we paddled downstream about a mile to Cedar Creek and explored it as we waited for the other members of our float to join us.
Cedar Creek has not been completely cleared so we were not able to make it all the way through.
Later that morning, the other members of our float group arrived and we set off down the Ocklawaha River.
Our paddle group from left to right: Frank, Roy, Ann, Vince, Dave
The current was moving at about 2 mph.
The scenery was gorgeous.
Wildlife was scarce, but we did see the occasional animal or bird.
And the river flowers of spring were starting to bloom.
We took out at the boat launch in Eureka, Florida.
It was a great trip with lots to see. Distance travelled; between 9 and 10 miles. If you have never paddled the Ocklawaha, you should. If you have been there, let us know in the comments section. If you would like to join us on future adventures, contact us.
Find your head waters,