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In search of Manatees in Florida’s Spring Fed Rivers!!
|Event Location:||Ocala FL|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Jan 10 2020 4:00 pm >> Mon, Jan 13 2020 9:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Oct 7 2019 8:06 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Mon, Oct 12 2020 8:06 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 Days 5 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Moderate|
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|Member Cost:||$245.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||12|
|Number Registered So Far:||13 / 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
This will be a very full weekend paddling at least three spring-fed rivers in Florida’s Beautiful Ocala Area and nearby. We hope to encounter some manatees along the way, but without a doubt will see lots of wildlife and gorgeous scenery.
3-4 Spring-Fed River Runs to Paddle: Juniper Creek, Weeki Wachee River, and possibly Santa Fe. 3 Nights accomodation in an Air BNB rental near Ocala. Meals will be coordinated closer to the event.
This is a BYOB event, so you must have, or borrow, a boat to participate. No dogs allowed, since we are renting a house. The house may have some kayaks available for use. Otherwise, we will be taking our boats with us to each paddle.
Payment is due within 7 days of sign up or you will be moved to the waitlist due to paying for the rental in advance.
We're renting an Air BNB house. This is a gorgeous location and the house has beds for everyone. It also has full kitchen facilities and a nice outdoor space, so we can cook group meals or people can bring their own food if they have special dietary requirements.
There is plenty of sleeping space, please be prepared to be flexible if you join us. We will do our best to accomodate couples/friends in in shared beds but cannot make guarantees.
Saturday: We will begin with an early paddle down Juniper Creek. It is approximately 30 mins from where we are staying, so we will be getting up early to head over there. A shuttle will be set, then we launch from the park.
This is an approximately 3.5 to 4 hour, 7 mile paddle downstream. It is a lush, subtropical environment that is among the most beautiful that I have ever paddled. Clear water, sandy bottoms, lush foliage. Occasionally deer and possibly a gator or two, as well as many birds can be seen.
Sunday, Paddle: We will go paddling on the Silver Spring, which is about 30 mins away. This is a crystal clear, deep blue river with a mild current, making it ideal for exploring both upriver and down. We will take our time and paddle for as long as we feel like it before returning to the house to clean up and prepare for dinner.
Monday: For those who haven't gotten their fill of paddling yet, we will pack up and drive approx. 35 minutes to Santa Fe or similar river TBD. This is a beautiful river for exploring and we will plan on spending approx. 2-3 hours paddling out and back to the boat launch around midday. We can either grab lunch and then head out, or leave immediately depending on how the group feels. If anyone is too tired, or needs to get back to Atlanta earlier, they can skip this paddle.
We will paddle rain or shine. Paddling may be postponed in the event of lightning. If a paddle is cancelled one day due to weather, we'll make it up before or after a paddle on another day or find alternate activities in place of the paddle. We reserve the right to switch rivers/days due to water levels, as needed, but will always be sure to paddle on a spring-fed river (there are many: Silver Springs, Santa Fe, Itchetucknee, Withlacoohee, etc.). The only river that may need to be switched out due to water level would be Juniper Spring, as it is very shallow.
We encourage attendees to carpool if possible, given probably limited parking at the rental house. Please feel free to reach out to one another and keep us posted on your plans.
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We encourage attendees to carpool if possible, given probably limited parking at the rental house. Please feel free to reach out to one another and keep us posted on your plans, Aaron will be leaving at 10am on the Friday and can take up to 3 people. It is approximately a 6 1/2 drive to Ocala.
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3 nights accomodation in a rental house. Breakfast and Lunch food, purchased from local grocery store. Payment info will sent to indviduals after signup. $10 donation to the AOC.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
Payment is due within 7 days of sign up or you will be moved to the waitlist.
If you cancel after the payment cutoff date of November 5th there will be NO REFUNDS unless someone replaces you and pays in full, then you will receive a full refund less a $10 administrative fee.