What: Paddle four rivers in four days.
Base Camp: Camp Kiwanis on Mill Dam Lake in Florida
Today's Paddle: Juniper River, Florida (Day 4 of 4)
Weather: 65 degrees and Sunny
Distance: Approx 7 Miles from put in to take out.
|1) Last night was our last night at Camp Kiwanis so this morning at sunrise we packed up our gear, ate breakfast, and prepared to go to our last paddle.|
|2) The warm waters and freezing temps in the early morning created a fog over the water on Mill Dam Lake every morning which the sun quickly burnt off.|
|3) The portage to Juniper Springs launch was long enough to warrant use of carts. It was a very well designed path to the launch. Note the "Disposable Containers Prohibited" sign. They mean it it too.|
|4) Space however at the launch spot was limited.|
|5) Juniper River is shallow, narrow, and twisty. The ambiance of this river left one feeling like being in the middle of a jungle.|
|6) Waters were crystal clear with a white sandy bottom. The current was strong enough in some areas to create a risk of getting caught in strainers or causing a dangerous traffic jam among kayakers.|
|7) Only about one or two people were visible at any time, but paddles banging against metal rental canoes could be heard miles away.|
|9) The color of the water eventually took on a reddish hue but stayed clear all the way through to the end.|
|10) Coming out of the jungle into more open waters where the sun was shinning was nice.|
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