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Two dozen paddlers from 27/80 Paddlers out of Stuart, Florida gathered for a Picnic Lunch at the North End of the State Park at Noon. We moved one vehicle to the Take-out Parking Lot, used the facilities and had everyone on the water by 1PM. The Launch Area is on a marked dirt road loop at the far end of the Parking Lot. A short path leads to steps or ramp down to the dock.
This is a very easy paddle with plenty of current to keep you moving. Don't miss the spring off the short branch to the right after about 20 minutes - we stopped for a swim. Enjoy the clear, clean water; lots of fish, turtles, and bird; and beautiful trees along the shoreline. The sky was high overcast so we didn't have to deal with the sun. You'll go past a couple of landings on the left that the tubers use for access - we stretched our legs at one of them.
I took about 2 leisurely hours for the 3.5 miles with the swim stop and leg stretch. The Take-out is well marked with buoys across the River and signage advising you to stay to the left. There's a wide shallow ramp for canoes, kayaks and tubes and another dirt road loop from the Parking Lot. It was a short 15 minute drive from the Take-out to the Put-in to retrieve the vehicles.
This was Day One of a Three Day Paddling Trip.
Take-out: On US27 between the bridge and the South Entrance to the Park. The gate is open when the tram does not operate. Clean Bathrooms; limited Parking for a large group.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Gedi Convertible Helmet