Coffee Spring. Home to the Ichetucknee silt snail.
I wore gloves, but they soon got wet, so I took them off. Living in Florida means only having cheap gloves from the dollar store, not some good water resistant ones.
Saw two deer, River left.
There were 8 manatees at the mouth of a spring run. Too shallow to go very far up the run, so a good spot to stay warm.
Snowy egret scratches the itch on the Ich
The Dampiers Landing dock. How had I missed the manatees? I turned around, paddled back up River.
I had paddled on the wrong side o a tree island, missing the sprig run.
I first kayaked the Ichetucknee River in September, 2005. Did not see a manatee until March, 2013. Curious, I searched the worldwideinternetweb and found that Lars Anderson, of Adventure Outpost is asking people to report manatees outside the boundaries of Ichetcucknee Springs State Park. In Park reports should be sent to Ginger Morgan. I sent Ms. Morgan a video.
Thank you very much for reporting your manatee observation (and providing video!). I hope that you have a GREAT day on the river!
The manatees certainly have frequented the river more recently with our increased water levels since Tropical Storm Debbie in 2012.
Did you notice any gar spawning activity on your paddle trip??
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW US Hwy 27
Fort White, Florida 32038
Office: (386) 497-4690
Cell: (386) 208-4313
Fax: (386) 497-3095
There is a shoal where the Ichetucknee meets the Santa Fe River. That prevents manatees from entering the Ich unless the water is high.
Landed at 1:35
Got out, and took the trail to Blue Hole Spring
Did not swim. High temp for the day was 53. Blue Hole is much more shaded than Ichetucknee Spring
More to come969
Back at Ichetucknee Spring
I need to see if Cannon Creek is navigable
My room at the High Springs Country Inn