Blackwater Creek Paddle Trip - October 10 at 9 AM
The Friends of the Wekiva River’s September field trip, a paddle on Blackwater Creek, has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 10. The 28 people who made reservations for the September field trip have been registered for the October trip. To sign up for the waiting list, contact Weegie Henry by phone (407-341-9025) or email (email@example.com).
Blackwater Creek is one of the last "wild" rivers in
Central Florida, thanks to the fact that it flows almost entirely through public land. Nature writer and filmmaker Bill Belleville will lead and interpret the trip. Paddlers will gather at 9 a.m. at the parking on the west side of the entrance road to Seminole State Forest, which is on the north
side of State Road 46, just west of the Wekiva River bridge. There is no charge, except for the state’s $2 entrance fee. We will drive through the gate together, and we will leave our cars near the launch point.
Canoes are available for rent at $20 and must be reserved in advance. Bring water, snacks and a picnic lunch, hat, water shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. This is a paddle for all levels of paddlers; beginners are welcome.
Paddling Rock Springs Run to Wekiwa Springs State Park
FOWR president John Pottinger and I floated Rock Springs
Run in early September. We got to Kings Landing early enough to be the first people to push off
and experienced a glorious morning mostly full of solitude on one of the most natural portions of
the Wekiva Wild and Scenic Wekiva River system of Runs, Creeks and Rivers. There are lots of
reasons to be concerned about the quality and quantity of spring flow, fragmentation of habitat,
invasion by exotic species etc. in the Wekiva Basin, but the Rock Springs Run to Wekiwa
Springs State Park float is still a fantastic journey through mostly natural, unique habitat. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website.
SUMMER RAINS AND WETLAND HYDROLOGY — September 2015 Edition
COYOTES IN THE WEKIVA BASIN — August 2015 Edition
ADAPTABLE SPECIES — Late July 2015 Edition
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: LANDSCAPE LEVEL INFLUENCES — Late June 2015 Edition
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: HABITAT INFLUENCES — Early May 2015 Edition
WEKIVA BASIN SWAMPS — Early April 2015 Edition
SPRING HAS SPRUNG — Early March Edition