Gum Slough is in Citrus County, on the outskirts of Inverness, the county seat. There is a public ramp on the end of Turner Camp Road. On the Withlacoochee River. I was on the Witlacoochee withmykayak at 6:30.
"Withlacoochee Withmykayak" was the subject line of my first kayaking report as a kayak owner, on March 19, 2005
Sun not completely risen, so dark photos to start the day.
|"One to beam up"|
Here is one of the homes at the two springs. Found an interesting article about the owners. They had a Conservation easement drafted, "legally preserving Gum Slough’s headwaters in perpetuity." I like that. And, the article states there are 15 springs, not just 7.
Like I said, Gum Slough is low. In late July, when it should be high. I began the down Slough paddle at 9:40
I can't complain about the limestone. Without it, there would not be any springs. Like this one.
Return to the Withlacoochee, 1:00 pm.
The beautiful day was tarnished by the noise and stink of 5 air boats on the With. I landed at
Despite the air boats, the Withlacoochee and Gum Slough are protected from further development, not just because of the conservation easement reference above, but the east side of the River and Gum Slough are in the Half Moon-Gum Slough Preserve and the west bank is part of Potts Preserve . Potts is where the river front camping is. There is also a hiking trail, which I biked.
The only cars allowed in the Preserve are those going to the camp sites. This is the road in.
I went less than two miles. Out. Not interested in a non-shaded ride on a July afternoon.
One last view of the Withlacoochee.
Or two, from a pier with a water monitoring station at the end of it. Just past the campsites. One which was occupied. A single tent, 4 or 5 cars with kayak racks. Likely the kayakers I saw. Not the best camping weather, and a lot of people for one tent. I wonder if the made a "dummy" reservation so they could launch from the Preserve. I know, I'm an suspicious SOB. But, its a great idea.
As mentioned, I biked on a hiking trail. In some places, this is not allowed, but I did not see anything saying it was prohibited. However, the Preserve Map showed a combined hiking biking equestrian trail. Accessible at a different entrance. I drove to investigate. Saw three deer on the way.
Parked at the trail entrance and walked in a bit.