Location: High Springs, Fl
GPS Location: 29.852049, –82.612129
This is a favorite paddle of ours. We put in at the boat ramp just downstream of the Highway 41 bridge. You first paddle upstream to the "river rise". This is where the Santa Fe river re-emerges after traveling underground for a few miles (it goes underground in O’leno State park. There’s several reasons why this is such a good short trip. First, the majority of the time you are paddling through the River Rise State Park. So, there are no houses or development at all after the first ½ mile. Even then, you only pass about 2 – 3 homes. Also, this part of the Santa Fe river does not get much boat traffic. We usually see no else on the river or maybe only few other canoe/kayakers. So, it is a very quiet paddle.
The amount of effort to paddle up to the “river rise” varies greatly depending on the current. We’ve paddled this at times where it’s a good workout to the end. Other times (like today), the current is very gentle and it’s relatively easy to make the trip.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures of this trip, but here is the GPS track for this paddle.