Econfina Creek (Upper) Report
(Econfina Creek)

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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 8/12/2017 
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Put in at the Hwy 20 Park and paddled down to Gainer Springs and played for a while. Then paddled for a great trip past high bluffs and greenery.

My Report:

Gwen led 21 other souls down Econfina Creek (6 miles) on a fine Saturday. We stopped to frolic in Gainer Springs ( and then continued our trip to the take out. People spread out along the river each going at their own pace. There is not much to say about the trip except a dead battery was taken care of at the meeting point and it was a warm day. These were the ‘bad’ things while everything else turned out to be very good. If you got hot all you had to do was splash some cool river water on yourself. The highlight of the trip was finding a small magnolia tree leaning out over the water that was covered with green fly orchids (Epidendrum conopseum) in bloom.

We saw one young raccoon sneaking in to his den after a day on the town, trying not to wake the parents. There were turtles and fish at the springs and a few birds along the way. There were people scattered along the river, so most of the wildlife was not interested in mixing with the people. The famous huge tadpoles don’t show up until late September. I think they are River Swamp Frog - Lithobates heckscheri, but I am no expert.

To top a great day off 14 of us went to Parramore’s Too restaurant in Blountstown for a great meal (lots of food at a good price). If you are coming off the river heading East to Tallahassee it is on Chipola Road, which is just past the Chevron station on the right the restaurant is about a half mile at 16438 SW Chipola Rd., Blountstown, FL 32424

The river was at about 610 cfs and the depth was around 6.85 feet. There was a good current and there were three or four large trees down in the river that requires you to go to the far side of the stream to avoid them. This was not a big challenge.

How to get there:
Go west from Tallahassee on Hwy 20. Cross US 231, go another 7 miles. Just past South Blue Springs Road, the Park is on the right before the bridge and put-in down a single lane road to a wooden walkway then to a floating dock.

Shuttle: Go back a 1/2-mile to South Blue Springs, go south 3 miles to Hwy 388, turn right go across the bridge and the takeout is on the right. In the summer the takeout is a zoo.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 6
Fees/Costs $: 0

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsGreen fly orchids (Epidendrum conopseum) in bloom.

Post Date: 8/28/2017

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