The Suwannee is one of the few remaining un-dammed, wild blackwater rivers in the Southeast. Paddlers will travel the portion of the river between Suwannee Springs State Park and Ivey Memorial Park with stays at the Dowling Park River Camp, Blue Springs Lafayette River Hub, Peacock Slough River Camp and the Adams Tract River Camp.
The river is home to one of the largest remaining populations of Gulf Sturgeon, a native fish often approaching four feet in length and 150 lbs. The fish are known to breach frequently providing remarkable photo opportunity. While the sturgeon are protected, there are plenty of opportunities for catfish, bass and panfish in the river.
Several first and second magnitude springs flow into the river along the run; including Royal Spring, Little River Spring, Troy Spring and Convict Spring.
At each of the three river camps there are screened sleeping platforms limiting exposure to insects. There is potable water at each camp, so water purification should be unnecessary. Paddlers can bring a tent for the evening at Lafayette Blue or sleep under the stars (there are pavilions that can be used for shelter during ‘inclement weather’.
Paddlers will rendezvous at Ivey Park in Branford Florida at 8:00 AM where shuttle transportation for paddle craft and paddlers will be provided for $40 per person. For those without a canoe or kayak, canoes can be rented for $200. The rental includes all necessary paddle gear and transportation for two. Each paddler will be responsible for providing their own food, water, fishing licenses and gear.
For those desiring a more rustic trip, primitive camping is available at each camp and may be available in selected areas along the river bank. Please refer to the paddling guide for details.
Cars will be parked at Ivey Memorial Park in Branford for the duration of the trip. Shuttle Transportation and Canoe Rental will be provided by Suwannee River Canoe Rental.