Trip leader: Therese Eby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-802-2281
Description: Leisurely exploration of some springs and tributaries of the "Chaz", an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Enjoy clear water at first and second order springs on the main river and paddle to "The Crack" , a salt water spring on Baird Creek. Watch for otters and fish in the brackish Chaz, carpeted with sea grasses (and a bit of algae from the upriver nitrate runoff). Paddle up Salt Creek to look for birds and other wildlife.
Camping option the night of March 12, see details below. Contact Hank Brooks for more camping info: 727-724-8983Location:
Chassahowitzka River Campground boat ramp, 8600 W Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448 From the intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480 (Miss Maggie's Drive) 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and a lodge. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground. $5 parking fee or $7 with trailer.
Schedule: Wed Mar 13, meet time 9:00 am, launch time 09:30 am, return time - 01:30pm
Additional information: Restrooms, camp store, kayak rentals near the launch. Tent camping is available at $26/night plus tax. RV camping is also available. For reservations and other information call the campground at 352-382-2200. No amenities downriver. Expect twisty shallow sawgrass--lined narrow tributaries with current runs, short hikes through ankle deep water/mud and mosquitoes, possible snakes, spiders, alligators, low trees, submerged logs, and very few places to get out of the boat. Mid 70 degree water at springs. We will stop for a picnic along the river bank. Bring a mask & snorkel if you want to peek below the water.
Difficulty: Level I, 5 miles
Required: PFD , whistle, hat, sun / insect protection, food, water. Sit-on-top or sea kayak. Mask & snorkel if you want to peek underwater.
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