Prairie State Canoeists
A Northeast Illinois Canoe and Kayak Club
Date(s): November 3-11, 2019
Leader: Bob Tyler
Co-Leader: Ed Nelson
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Category: Base Camping / Day trips
Details: This trip has been a yearly event for more than 25 years. But its been a few years since it was listed as a Prairie State trip. This trip needs to be flexible so the rivers may change, as happened this past year when a hurricane changed the itinerary. Those attending can hope to see a great variety of birds, manatees, monkeys, and of course alligators.Some of these rivers are pretty wild others have a fair amount of housing along their banks. Bring your swim suit as we stop and swim in some of the springs we pass or paddle into. The participants will meet at Juniper Springs Recreation Area on November 3, and will paddle the following rivers.
Contact Trip Leaders for more Information: Bob Tyler: 501-922-1716 Ed Nelson: 708-215-1026
Monday- November 4- Juniper Springs Creek 7 miles
Tuesday- November 5- Oklawaha River- 10 miles
Wednesday- November 6- Silver River (Silver Springs) 5 miles up, 5 miles back 10 mile.
Thursday- November 7- Travel day to Chassahowwitzka Campground.
I’ll be doing Juniper Creek again before I make the drive
Friday- November 8 -Weeki Wache 6 miles or 9 miles depending on take-out
Saturday-November 9- Hillsborough 8 miles
Sunday- November 10- Crystal River ? miles
Monday- November 11- Withlacoochee River 9 miles
First half : Juniper Springs Recreation Area Reservations at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov
Second half : Chassahowitzka River Campground 8600 West Maggie Drive Homosassa Florida 34448 1-352-382-2200