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St Marks River Questions

Post By:bloodychamp on 5/5/2015 6:22pm
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The St Marks River is second only to the Pinhook River in mysteria and natural invisibility. There are still some secret water holes out in the world, but there are a few experts such as old locals who know them like the back of their hand. Well, I don't think I know a single person on Earth who truly knows the St Marks River.

Has anybody ever put in at the unmarked bridge on Tram Road and paddled to the riverbed? The riverbed has to appear *pretty* soon after that bridge because I've been pretty far up the river from Naural Bridge and the end (well...beginning really but I was going upstream) of the riverbed was nowhere in sight.

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Post By: nate on 5/8/2015 2:16pm

I've paddled upstream from Natural Bridge to Horn Springs. The river isn't much at normal level above there.I've been to the River at a couple of places above Horn Springs by land, but never paddled above Horn Springs because not enough water to float my boat.(4" draft)
I"ve always wanted to paddle from Tram Road to Natural Bridge but never could set up shuttle. Also wanted a 'paddlin pard' and couldn't set that up either. Getting everything set up when the water was high was the problem. If you get it set up and do the trip be ready for some heavy duty 'bushwhacking' and portaging.
I would love to do it with you but I'm in Houston Texas undergoing Cancer treatment. I haven't been up to a trip like that for a number of years. Make a report here if you do it.

Nate

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Post By: bloodychamp on 5/8/2015 9:01pm

I'm so sorry that you have cancer!!!!!! You just never know when it's going to hit, even if you stay in shape.

I've made up my mind that I'm buying a Mercury 2.2 for my small boat so I can go upriver anytime (I'll paddle upriver...but not in the flooded waters we've had the last 2 summers). Paddling isn't out either and the downriver St Marks trip is still on, no matter how much bushwacking I must do!

I went all up and down the river as a child with my father. I've beem to Horn Spring, Natural Bridge of course, and even the old wooden bridge. I don't remember the directions to anywhere but Natural Bridge, which doesn't matter since everything else is blocked off but I hope to become an expert on the place again.

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Post By: nate on 5/10/2015 6:27am

Have you checked out the new State Park between U.S, 27 and Tram Road? 27 to Tram Road is another option.

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Post By: bloodychamp on 5/10/2015 5:45pm

I have not checked out the new State Park. I plan on doing that to just to say I've spent time there but that will probably be a different trip than the "riverbed search" trip. It would be counterproductive to start further up river if I can just start at Tram Road. I walked through at 27 a few times. That's just the uppermost part of the river where the creeks rise again and confluence.

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Post By: bloodychamp on 5/19/2015 7:40pm

I did both today! I'd post pictures but tha would take 40 years on this phone. There were 4 nice stretches of riverbed with some obstacles in between, and not just logs in the riverbed. Those are easy to handle with practice. These obstacles were actual breaks in the river...stretches of cypress knees, shallow water, etc. I turned around after between 1 and 2 miles I would guess. Google Maps let me down. I could have figured out just how far I went and where I was had that not happened. I drug the boat 100 yards through slop then stomped through 50 more through the final 150 or so yards before giving up. If the stupid Google Maps would have atleast showed an end in sight I would have kept going but it was borderline dangerous. Nevermind the snakes EVERYWHERE. The gator prints as big as my head towards the end did me in lol!

I enjoyed it though. I caught a few fish and I think you could catch all you wanted with live bait (used a lure). I also SEEN some big fish.

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Post By: nate on 5/22/2015 6:30am

On 5/19/2015 bloodychamp said...
I did both today! I'd post pictures but tha would take 40 years on this phone. There were 4 nice stretches of riverbed with some obstacles in between, and not just logs in the riverbed. Those are easy to handle with practice. These obstacles were actual breaks in the river...stretches of cypress knees, shallow water, etc. I turned around after between 1 and 2 miles I would guess. Google Maps let me down. I could have figured out just how far I went and where I was had that not happened. I drug the boat 100 yards through slop then stomped through 50 more through the final 150 or so yards before giving up. If the stupid Google Maps would have atleast showed an end in sight I would have kept going but it was borderline dangerous. Nevermind the snakes EVERYWHERE. The gator prints as big as my head towards the end did me in lol!

I enjoyed it though. I caught a few fish and I think you could catch all you wanted with live bait (used a lure). I also SEEN some big fish.



Where did you put in? I miss exploring Panhandle waterways more than anything. I had some scary experiences before I got my first GPS.

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Post By: bloodychamp on 5/25/2015 5:32pm

Tram Road...you know I really don't like alot of things about this place but the Panhandle waterways truly are great. They're my favorite thing on Earth period, and 1 reason is because you'll never run out of things to explore or see for the first time. Even though this little trip is off the bucketlist, I have a ton more to either see for the first time or see for the first time since I was a child.

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