Layfayette Passage Paddling Trail (FL)
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Waterways: Lower Lake Lafayette and Piney Z Lake
Length: 7.8 miles (round trip)
This trail is a 7.8 mile round trip from the boat ramp at Piney Z Lake, or a 6 mile round trip from the boat ramp at the end of "Road to The Lake" in Chaires. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly. Have plenty of water, snacks, proper clothing and know your ability. Paddling the entire trail from Piney Z Lake will take about 4 hours or more. Currently, there are no dry land rest areas provided along the trail.
Entering Lower Lake Lafayette from Piney Z Lake requires a portage over the earthen dam between the lakes. The portage includes a 25' slope from the Piney Z take-out to the top of the dam, and a similar decline to the put-in area on Lower Lake Lafayette. The entire distance is roughly 50' over a grassed earth. A beach area, covered with small gravel, is located at each end of the portage to facilitate exiting and entering boats.
Piney Z Lake is the most productive of Lafayette's segments for fishing. In 1996, it was pumped dry, exposing its bottom for the first time in half a century. Two feet of accumulated muck were scraped off the bottom and sculpted into five spoil islands and six earthen "fishing fingers." Now bream and bass can construct the beds they need for egg-laying in the enhanced, sandy bottom.
Keep your eyes open for endangered wood storks, Florida's largest native wading bird. The L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife and Environmental Area was established to protect and sustain the Lake Lafayette wood stork colony (the largest in northwest Florida).
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Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department
912 Myers Park Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301