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This was my first time on the St. Mary’s and my first extended river trip with just me for company. I was told that it would be between 40–45 miles paddling, they were close it was 49.
I decided to end the trip on Thursday as most of my trips lately have had a good current to move me along. Getting on the water by 2PM I paddled a twisty narrow path for seven miles before I found a sandbar to my liking. Set up camp and just kind of killed time for the evening. Tuesday I was in no hurry and got on the water about 9:30. The one thing that stands out about this river is the numerous creeks that run into it. I would guess that over the 49 miles there was a creek that I could have paddled up every two miles. The second day the river alternated between narrow and wide.
After 14 miles I decided that I better set up camp. I saw one nine foot gator that had not much interest in me, just sat on the bank and watched me paddle by. Wednesday I passed under a bridge that gave me some idea that the trip is probably a little longer then I had planned so I paddled 18 miles. Still off the water by 4 PM. Saw a three-foot gator. Thursday again in no real hurry, I set out for the finish that came in at 10 miles. The weather was perfect; warm and sunny days and cool evenings. Also a good workout because there was little if any current and the wind was always blowing against me. Still a very nice river without much development and sandbars at every turn.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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