Paddler's Guide to the Sunshine State / Edition 1

Paddler's Guide to the Sunshine State / Edition 1

by Sandy Huff

ISBN-10: 0813022827

ISBN-13: 9780813022826

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"A thorough, comprehensive guide to canoeing and kayaking in Florida. . . . It is a necessary as well as an entertaining guidebook for every paddler’s library."--Brad Manley, Paddle Florida

"Do you yearn for a glimpse of Florida as it was a century ago? This book shows you how to move silently down the Sunshine State’s many

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"A thorough, comprehensive guide to canoeing and kayaking in Florida. . . . It is a necessary as well as an entertaining guidebook for every paddler’s library."--Brad Manley, Paddle Florida

"Do you yearn for a glimpse of Florida as it was a century ago? This book shows you how to move silently down the Sunshine State’s many rivers and creeks and coastal flats, all the while enjoying scenery and wildlife of all kinds. The best paddles from Pensacola to Key West are described in detail, along with specialized instructions."--Richard W. Bowles, Florida Sportsman

Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information on paddling in Florida—bound so that it lies open at each page for easy reference or photocopying--and is fully indexed. Whether you’re a first-time paddler or a whitewater veteran, whether you're looking for an easy going two-hour tour with your family or a week-long solo adventure, this book lists the most delightful destinations to explore in a state famous for its scenic waterways.
From the vast flats of the Florida Keys to the rivers and springs of the Florida Panhandle, Paddler's Guide to the Sunshine State gives directions to 91 Florida waterways, separated into 271 individual canoeing and kayaking excursions. For each of the 91 destinations, veteran paddler and outdoor writer Sandy Huff

· tells her readers where to rent or buy canoes and kayaks

· evaluates the difficulty of each trail

· supplies emergency phone numbers and a customized map showing launch and take-out sites, average length, and paddling time for each leg

· and presents a candid discussion of the waterway

  In introductory chapters, she offers safety tips on camping basics, dressing for comfort, coping with insects, sunburn, and power boats, and reading the weather and water currents. She describes Florida flora and fauna that paddlers might encounter--birds, alligators, manatees, snakes, plants, and trees—and lists paddling clubs around the state as well as Internet web addresses for additional paddling information.

Sandy Huff’s down-home, anecdotal writing style has appeared in more than 800 magazines and newspapers, including Canoe and Kayak Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post.  A Florida native and resident of Safety Harbor, she has traveled the length and breadth of the state, paddling every major waterway and numerous side streams, and has 25 years of experience as a canoe instructor.  This book is a compilation of Huff’s all-time favorite trips, and it includes contributions by six guest writers, all expert paddlers.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookxvii
Part 1.Tips for Paddling in Florida
1.Getting Started1
What's Your Canoe IQ?2
Personal Gear and Clothing for Florida Paddling5
2.Packing Your Boat14
Packing Gear15
3.Staying Healthy17
Muscle Soreness17
Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke18
Bites and Stings21
4.Staying Safe22
Avoiding Other Boats24
5.Camping the Florida Way26
Basic Florida Camping26
The Lazy Woman's Guide to Camping29
6.Food and Cooking34
Camp Cooking34
The Lazy Woman's Guide to Camp Cooking36
7.Group Activities, Games, and Sharks' Teeth40
Practical Jokes41
Campfire Stories and Entertainment42
Fossils and Sharks' Teeth42
Part 2.Common Florida Animals, Birds, and Plants
8.Biters and Stingers45
Insect Repellents That Work45
Bug Suits46
Other Stingers49
Wild Pigs51
10.Scales, Fangs, and Shells54
Anhingas and Cormorants66
Great Blue Herons68
Great Egrets68
Green-Backed Herons69
Roseate Spoonbills71
Snowy Egrets72
12.Florida's Real Mermaids73
13.Plants along the Waterway77
14.Fishing from Your Boat79
Part 3.Where-to-Paddle Destinations
Area 1.The Panhandle83
Destination 1.Chipola River84
Destination 2.Coldwater Creek89
Destination 3.Econfina Creek93
Destination 4.Escambia River97
Destination 5.Holmes Creek100
Destination 6.Perdido River103
Destination 7.Shoal River107
Destination 8.St. Joe Bay111
Destination 9.Sweetwater and Juniper Creeks116
Destination 10.Wakulla River120
Destination 11.Yellow River123
Area 2.Northeast Florida127
Destination 12.Alexander Springs128
Destination 13.Ashby Lake and Cassadaga Town132
Destination 14.Aucilla River135
Destination 15.Bulow Creek139
Destination 16.Cross Creek142
Destination 17.DeLeon Springs146
Destination 18.Drayton Island149
Destination 19.Guana River153
Destination 20.Historic Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail157
Destination 21.Homosassa River161
Destination 22.Juniper Springs165
Destination 23.Lake Panasoffkee169
Destination 24.Ochlockonee River (Upper)172
Destination 25.Ocklawaha River (Lower)176
Destination 26.Ocklawaha River (Upper)180
Destination 27.Pellicer Creek183
Destination 28.Rainbow River186
Destination 29.Salt Springs Run190
Destination 30.Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers194
Destination 31.Shingle Creek and the Suwannee Delta200
Destination 32.Silver River204
Destination 33.Sopchoppy River207
Destination 34.Spruce Creek210
Destination 35.Steinhatchee River214
Destination 36.St. Marys River218
Destination 37.Suwannee River223
Destination 38.Tomoka River229
Destination 39.Wacissa River232
Destination 40.Withlacoochee River (North)235
Area 3.Central Florida241
Destination 41.Alafia River242
Destination 42.Anclote River246
Destination 43.Arbuckle Creek249
Destination 44.Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands253
Destination 45.Canaveral National Seashore257
Destination 46.Chassahowitzka River263
Destination 47.Cockroach Bay266
Destination 48.Crystal River269
Destination 49.Double Branch Creek272
Destination 50.Econlockhatchee River275
Destination 51.Fort DeSoto Park279
Destination 52.Hillsborough River284
Destination 53.Hontoon Island290
Destination 54.Little Manatee River292
Destination 55.Merritt Island296
Destination 56.Mount Dora300
Destination 57.Pithlachascotee River304
Destination 58.Reedy Creek308
Destination 59.Sebastian Creek311
Destination 60.Terra Ceia Bay314
Destination 61.Turkey Creek Sanctuary316
Destination 62.Turnbull Creek319
Destination 63.Ulumay Wildlife Refuge323
Destination 64.Walk-in-the-Water to Kissimmee326
Destination 65.Weedon Island329
Destination 66.Weeki Wachee River333
Destination 67.Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run337
Destination 68.Winter Haven Chain of Lakes342
Destination 69.Winter Park Chain of Lakes345
Destination 70.Withlacoochee River (South)349
Area 4.The Lake Okeechobee Area355
Destination 71.Braden River356
Destination 72.Estero River359
Destination 73.Hickey Creek364
Destination 74.Lake Okeechobee367
Destination 75.Little Sarasota Bay372
Destination 76.Loxahatchee River376
Destination 77.Loxahatchee Slough382
Destination 78.Manatee River (Upper)386
Destination 79.Matlacha Island389
Destination 80.Myakka River393
Destination 81.Naples Nature Center396
Destination 82.Orange River399
Destination 83.Peace River403
Area 5.South Florida and the Keys409
Destination 84.Big Pine Key and the Back Country410
Destination 85.Blackwater and Royal Palm Hammock Creeks414
Destination 86.Blackwater Sound417
Destination 87.Dania Wetlands419
Destination 88.Marco Island421
Destination 89.Rookery Bay424
Destination 90.West Lake426
Destination 91.Wilderness Waterway429
Appendix 1Paddling Clubs437
Appendix 2Suggested Reading443
Appendix 3Glossary445
Appendix 4Florida State Parks with Canoe Rentals447
Appendix 5Florida's Official State Canoe Trails449
Guest Authors451

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