Blue Spring State Park Report
(Orange City, FL)

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Report By:  Unknown    Date: 3/4/2013 
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Blue Spring State Park is located in central Florida. The spring run goes into the St. Johns river. The park provides cabins, camp grounds, seasonal swimming, hiking and bike trails. Kayak/canoe rentals and launch are available.

My Report:

The club trip was from February 25-28, 2013 with 37 participants. The first paddle on Tuesday was cancelled because or rainy weather. However, 12 paddlers braved the weather for an exploratory paddle of the St. Johns River. Wednesday was a beautiful day for a paddle to Hontoon Island. Two groups were formed, the first paddled the long route through the snake river. The second did the short route up the St. Johns to Hontoon Island. We all had a picnic lunch on the island and returned.

We had two pot luck dinners and enjoyed celebrating the birthdays of 3 paddlers. The last night was dinner at the Main Street Grill in DeLand.

Some travelers stopped in New Smyrna beach for lunch and paddle on the way to the spring. Some paddlers stopped at DeLeon springs for breakfast, paddle and swim before returning home.

The club library section contains the detailed plan for the entire trip.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 168
Fees/Costs $: $6 per vehicle

Photos from Orange City, FL:    (Click image to view full size)

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paddle route

This was the paddle route taken on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

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Cabin #1 in the park.

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Spring entrance

Photo of spring entrance from the St. Johns River.

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Rainy day paddlers.

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Party time.

Pot luck dinner at a pavilion.

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsJerry Appell - Trip Leader
John Wakeman - Paddle leader
Lauren Dadario - Food coordinator
Bruce Doll - Lodging coordinator
Marika Appell - Dinner arrangement, area logistics

Post Date: 3/7/2013

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