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Bring your camera because anyone who tries can get some amazing pics. It is however not an easy paddle. It takes 4 hours to make the extraction point down river. The park service runs the pick up and were very helpful and nice.
You must launch before 1 PM so that you can make the pick up before the park closes. We took two sea kayaks. A Pygmy Coho and a Pygmy Artic Tern. Both are 18 foot sea kayaks and are probably not the best choice for this river because you have much manuvering to do around trees, stumps, sharp turns, etc. However, it can be done no problem. The lower half of the river even has a short section of rapids that is fun and a good change of pace. A strong current requires you pay attention to where you are going less you get hung up.
This is a very remote area in Fla. so I wouldn't do anything stupid like picking fights with alligators because if you got hurt I have no idea how they would get you out. That being said it is amazing. Wild life everywhere; it's like the Amazon, but on a small scale.
Bring someone from out of state to show them the real Florida.
2-3 Canoe/Kayak Trailer
Reflective Hull Decals